Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Indie Spotlight: Push Past Your Comfort Zone by Trevor Pacelli, Author of Six-Word Lessons on Growing Up Autistic

In the Words of Shakira, “Try Everything!” Push Past Your Comfort Zone by Trevor Pacelli 

I may be mildly autistic, but you know what? I am not hopeless! I have still used what I am good at to achieve success out of life. But how did I come to know my strengths? It all depended on accepting and seeking out challenges through college.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Indie Spotlight: Two Lovely Berries by A.M. Blair

Two Lovely Berries by A.M. Blair
Ebook, 268 pages
Published: August 4, 2014
Setting: Pennsylvania & California
Recommended By: Monika at A Lovely Bookshelf

Nora was convinced that she and her twin sister, Aubrey, were inseparable and always would be.  After they graduated from Stanford together, Aubrey married her college sweetheart, George--a marriage strongly encouraged by their privileged and dysfunctional parents--and moved across the country, retreating from her sister's life. Now Nora is "betwixting," unsure where to go with her life, and mourning her sister's absence.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Film Review: Fruitvale Station (2013)

Fruitvale Station (2013)
Written & Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Setting: San Francisco Bay Area
I first heard about this movie from Alex Withrow. It only took me three years to get around to watching it.

This week I hit a milestone that was inevitable, I suppose. For the first time, someone got angry and "unfriended" me on Facebook. And I wasn't even being a sarcastic ass ... honestly.

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Erratic Blogger Pokes Her Head Out & Blogger Links

I had the best of intentions about being prolific and consistent with the blogging thing but, so far, that hasn't come to pass.

It's been an emotional couple of weeks. On Labor Day, I turned half a century old. Holy crap, how did that happen? On the up side my twelve-year-old told me yesterday that the little streaks of gray in my hair make me look magnificent! Ha ha! Screw you, Miss Clairol.

In a couple of days my son turns 18. This is something to celebrate, right? He's grown into a bright, funny, responsible, and all-around awesome young man. He's attending community college and will officially graduate from high school this spring. (He's homeschooled since he finished preschool.) He plans, in a couple of years, to enter a college or university in line with his professional goals; DigiPen Institute of Technology, George Mason, and Georgia Tech are on the table.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

6 Ways to Bring Your Character to Life (Repost w/ Reader Comments)


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