Book Review: “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith

On one of those rare days that I spent several hours away from my computer and away from Tumblr, news broke that J.K. Rowling had written a new book under a pseudonym. I came home to a Tumblr dashboard full of posts relaying the news and I knew instantly that I’d be reading this book. There had been an almost universal ambivalence about The Casual Vacancy, Rowling’s other post-Potter writing endeavor. But the synopsis of this new book — The Cuckoo’s Calling — sounded different. For one thing, it was a mystery novel, which Rowling had often expressed a desire to write. For another, even the synopsis sounded more engaging. How could a book about “Detective Cormoran Strike” be boring? Read More Book Review: “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” by Robert Galbraith

Twelfth Doctor 101

It has now been one week since the identity of the Twelfth Doctor was released. Has it really only been a week? I guess a week is a long time on Tumblr. In any case, we now know that Peter Capaldi will be playing the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor on the BBC’s long-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who. Suddenly, a lot of Doctor Who fans have been made aware of Peter Capaldi and they might be wondering where to look for his previous performances. Here are some recommendations for what you might watch to become familiar with Mr. Capaldi and his acting chops.

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Life Without Summer Vacation

In general, I have been pleased with my post-college life. I was able to find a job that actually utilizes my degree; I’m still at living at home, which keeps living costs down; and school writing assignments have disappeared from my life, leaving more room to work on writing projects of my own. There is really no reason for me to complain. But, as you might have guessed from the title of this post, I am still going to. Read More Life Without Summer Vacation

Book Review: “Drift” by Rachel Maddow

Drift, Rachel Maddow’s book on the state of the American military, was first released last year. Despite being a huge fan of Maddow, I didn’t get a chance to read the book until just a few months ago. I was massively interested in her thesis statement – namely, that the American process of war has become unmoored (i.e. has drifted) and unattached from the American public. That is to say, Maddow is arguing that it is far too easy to go to war these days. I think this is something that we can all agree on simply from watching the nightly news. But to hear Maddow explain it is truly a treat. It’s clear from reading this book that Maddow has done her homework. Maddow posits that this problem – as with many things – can be traced back to Vietnam.

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A Serious Case of Harry Potter Nostalgia

So, how many of you have a Harry Potter origin story? I know a ton of people read the series, of course, but there is a special segment of that fanbase who really went all out. Did you attend midnight releases of the books? Did you buy tons of Potter-related merchandise? Did you read thousands of words of fanfiction (and maybe write some of your own) to bridge the gaps between books? Did you make lists of all the things the movies got wrong? If you answered “yes” to two or more of these, then you might enjoy the following post. Because I am in the throes of some major Potter nostalgia and I’ve got to share it with some sympathetic souls. Read More A Serious Case of Harry Potter Nostalgia

Book Review: “Havemercy” by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett

When I finally picked up Havemercy to read last month, I only knew two things about it. The book contained metal dragons, and one of the co-authors had co-authored a legendary Harry Potter fanfic that I adored (the Shoebox Project, if you’re interested).

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Awesome Ladies of YouTube

In recent years, I’ve found myself watching more and more content on YouTube. And, no, I don’t mean videos of cats falling off of chairs or whatever it is that makes the front page of YouTube. There are many vloggers (video bloggers), beauty gurus, book reviewers, and gamers who post consistently awesome content on a regular basis.

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Writing When You Have a Day Job

A lot of people from my generation seem to consider themselves creative in some way. For many of us, the online world of user-friendly blog platforms got us into writing at an early age. I know that for me, both Blogspot and LiveJournal gave me an outlet where I could write about my day and foster friendships based around my writing. And, of course, let’s not forget the writer’s training ground that is fanfiction. But once you leave college and no longer have free time to sit in front of your computer and bang out 15,000 words about the forbidden romance between Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood, where does that creativity go?

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