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Paint Me a Thousand Words

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words. I would like to share some of my favorite art, but don't expect 1,000 words on each! The Storm by Pierre Auguste Cot The painting is full of romance and whimsy (two of my favorite things!) He's looking at her as they run from… Continue reading Paint Me a Thousand Words

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What I’m reading – And Perhaps You Should Be Too

Here are some books I'm reading and my thoughts on them so far... For the Wolf (The Wilderwood #1) by Hannah Whitten. As of this writing, I'm only a couple chapters in, but I'm intrigued. The pacing is a bit slow, but I get that it's meant to build dread in the reader.Project Hail Mary… Continue reading What I’m reading – And Perhaps You Should Be Too

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Shadow and Bone – A Short Overview

Shadow and Bone has been adapted for the small screen by Netflix! The mini-series follows the first book of the Grishaverse trilogy along with a made-for-the-series storyline featuring several Six of Crows characters to add some more excitement. Let’s dig in—and be on high alert for some spoilers! The story opens with Alina arriving at… Continue reading Shadow and Bone – A Short Overview

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May Miscellany – Music and a Writing Update

I’ve been listening to new music lately rather than listening to the old playlist. It was getting tiring, playing the same LEAH and Imagine Dragons songs over and over again. Thankfully, someone introduced me to the band Cellar Darling. Celtic metal, y’all—quite a bit heavier than LEAH! I highly recommend giving their album “This is… Continue reading May Miscellany – Music and a Writing Update

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Upcoming Virtual Author Appearance

On June 1st from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM EDT, I'll be on Avon Lake Public Library's Zoom program called Read/Write/Local: Unbound. The half-hour presentation will just be a casual Q&A with me as the bullseye target...I mean guest of honor. It's free to attend and you don't have to register. Details are here and… Continue reading Upcoming Virtual Author Appearance

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A Short Overview of WandaVision

WandaVision takes place several months (or weeks) after Bruce Banner snapped his fingers and brought half of the world’s population back after Thanos’ purge. It opens with Wanda Maximoff and the Vision in a black and white tribute to The Dick Van Dyke show…but with magic. It isn’t clear in the first episode why there’s… Continue reading A Short Overview of WandaVision

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Six Helpful Tips to Avoid the Stress of Creative Burnout

I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed. Maybe it’s the pandemic starting to finally get to me (well, get to me more than it already was.) Or perhaps it has something to do with all the expectations I’ve piled on top of myself. Perhaps a bit of both.          … Continue reading Six Helpful Tips to Avoid the Stress of Creative Burnout

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Baking Magic With Beth: Magical Chocolate Pudding Cake

Can't decide if you want chocolate cake or chocolate pudding? What a dilemma! Both are so yummy. What if you didn't have to decide? What if there was a...MAGICAL solution? CHOCOLATE PUDDING CAKE RECIPE 3/4 cup white sugar1 cup all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt2 tablespoons cocoa1/2 cup milk3 tablespoons butter, melted1 tablespoon vanilla… Continue reading Baking Magic With Beth: Magical Chocolate Pudding Cake