The Paperback Rack at the Big Star

Every writer has a touching story about their favorite bookstore or library as a child, the place where they discovered the ineffable delights of literature. I can go on at great length about my love for Miss Daisy at the Chester County Library or my swoon of ecstasy the first time I walked into the … Continue reading The Paperback Rack at the Big Star

Hot Guys in Helmets

So because we're total pop culture junkies and apparently sheep, the hubs and I have already subscribed to Disney +, and we're watching The Mandalorian. And yes, we love it, and yes "Baby Yoda" is the cutest darned thing ever, and yes I think it's a great addition to the Star Wars canon, and I … Continue reading Hot Guys in Helmets

No One Cares What I Think About the new Star Wars

And that's hard for me to accept. The last trailer for the final installment of what they're calling "The Skywalker Saga" dropped this week during Monday Night Football. Have you seen it? https://youtu.be/8Qn_spdM5Zg Yeah, me too. And I don't really know how I feel about it. I am very much a Star Wars over Star … Continue reading No One Cares What I Think About the new Star Wars

Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

The Nightmare Before Christmas isn't the only Christmas/Halloween crossover movie ever made. There's also Bell, Book and Candle, a smart and surprisingly twisted romantic comedy starring Kim Novak and James Stewart. It opened on Christmas Day 1958 and takes place at Christmas--the climax happens at midnight on Christmas Eve. And while one big plot point … Continue reading Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

The Excellence You Swear You Cannot See

The Romance Writers of America has released the names of the nominees for their yearly RITA Awards, and, you guessed it, they’re about as diverse as a glass of milk beside a plate of sugar cookies with white chocolate chips. So all of us writing and publishing types have taken to the Facebooks and beyond … Continue reading The Excellence You Swear You Cannot See

Don’t Mind Me, Y’all

Spoilers for Stranger Things Season One; Star Wars: The Last Jedi; and Game of Thrones. And Lord of the Rings if you still haven't gotten around to seeing that one. I realized last night I have blindly stumbled into a total asshole phase where I don't like anything. I didn't like the new Star Wars; … Continue reading Don’t Mind Me, Y’all

The Princess Defense: A Kickass Statistical Analysis

The release and box office success of Wonder Woman has feminist debate on the lips of Geek Nation once again. I haven’t seen it yet, but count me among the fans. I love the idea of a kickass female leading the charge in a summer superhero flick, even if she has to have perfect hair … Continue reading The Princess Defense: A Kickass Statistical Analysis

John Lennon

So when I was three years old, my absolute favorite show on TV was the Beatles cartoon: https://youtu.be/4PiKz6Cx6dA Note, please, the vampire theme. When I was six, my aunt showed me the cover of her Abbey Road album and explained that some people thought it proved that my favorite Beatle, Paul, was dead because the … Continue reading John Lennon

We Are Not This: Carolina Writers for Equality – Press Release

I'm lucky enough to have a story in this--"The Dark Lady" about a transgender actress in the days of Shakespeare. But even if I didn't, I'd promote the living juice out of it. Much, much great stuff to read, all profits benefiting a magnificent cause. It's available as an ebook right now from Amazon here, … Continue reading We Are Not This: Carolina Writers for Equality – Press Release

4 Ways to Fix Sleepy Hollow Before It’s Too Late

Sleepy Hollow, Season 2, is driving me insane. If the damned show had been horrible from the beginning, I would have watched once and walked away. But Season 1 was flawed but fabulous; even the stuff that was stupid about it was so much fun, I couldn’t skip a single episode. So watching the people … Continue reading 4 Ways to Fix Sleepy Hollow Before It’s Too Late