All posts tagged: reading

Four genres to read if you’re burned out (plus an update from me)

When I made plans for the two week sabbatical my company awards when an employee reaches their ten year anniversary, I never thought it would coincide with a global pandemic. I expected to be waking up in Florida today, visiting my mother in law along with my husband. Instead I find myself at home, in a city where all bars are closed and restaurants are limited to take out and delivery, and many other businesses are closing, fighting of bouts of anxiety. The prospect of a shelter in place order looms. I make a daily schedule for exercise, blogging, crafting, chores and reading to keep my mind occupied. Since it’s been a little tough focus on anything too dense, the below four genres are the ones I’ll be reaching for while I’m home. Admittedly, there is a part of me that doesn’t mind at all. I’m an introvert by nature, so finding myself at home with two weeks to myself to relax, write, and work on long deferred projects isn’t so bad. I just wish …

My Favourite (Chill) Fairy Tale Retellings

Originally posted on the orang-utan librarian:
Today, I just wanted to share a super quick list of some of my favourite atmospheric, fairy tale retellings. All of these deliver on the wintry vibes- without you having to the hassle of going outside 😉 The Snow Child– it’s been a long while since I mentioned this exquisite historical fiction. Set in 1920s Alaska, it draws on the Russian fairy tale by the same name and delivers something utterly unique. The Bear and the Nightingale– also inspired by Russian folklore, this has a more fantastical touch and is set in an authentically medieval setting. If you’re in the mood for high fantasy, then I can’t give you a better recommendation for the winter months. Wolf in the Whale– this is more inspired by a patchwork of different mythologies, stories and histories- which I think qualifies it to be on this list. Plus, it certainly delivers on the atmospheric quota- you’ll need to be nice and snug while you’re reading this, or you’ll catch a chill! To Kill…

Macabre Beginnings

If I had to trace my fascination with true crime stories, horror, science fiction, and thrillers back to the beginning, the start would be at the public library in Bristol, RI. My grandparents lived there, and growing up I stayed with them often in the summer with my two sisters. One of the staples of those stays, among visits to Colt State Park and Newport Creamery, were trips to the library. My sisters and I would typically take out the maximum amount of books allowed, and spend the majority of our time reading. By the time I was in 5th grade, we had exhausted all the options for our age group and graduated from the children’s section in the basement to the adult section on the first floor. This is where I discovered my first true crime novel. I can’t remember the title now, but it was centered around a local newscaster who was stalked and eventually killed by a jealous husband. I was fascinated. I wasn’t allowed to watch any TV or movies with …

Introducing Bram Stoker

This past weekend I loaded up on new reading at my favorite local bookstore at their buy five, get five free book sale. Out of the ten I walked out of, one of my choices was a complete accident. While searching  for a final book to round out my ten, I had  noticed a few copies of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and grabbed one to finish my stack. When I got home, I realized that had in fact bought a collection of Bram Stoker’s short stories called Dracula’s Guest & Other Tales of Horror, instead of the novel Dracula. I was intrigued. I had been previously unaware, like many people, that Bram Stoker had written anything other then Dracula. It turns out, he’s written eleven novels in addition to the numerous short stories in the collection I stumbled upon. The introduction to the collection gives some interesting details of Stoker’s childhood, during which he was sickly and bedridden. His mother entertained him with Irish folklore and stories of the cholera outbreak that occurred in 1832, which …

How NaPoWriMo Completely Reshaped My Blog

Last year I made the impulsive, last minute decision to participate in National Poetry Writing Month, also known as NaPoWriMo. For the uninitiated, NaPoWriMo is a month long project occurring each April in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day the entire month. Participants post a link to their website or blog to the NaPoWriMo website to show off their participation. Although I had made myself a resolution to restart my creative writing, at about this time in 2018 I had not made any moves to fulfill it. The turning point for me was stumbling on a fellow blogger’s post about NaPoWriMo. It gave me the structure I needed to get started,  accountability, and support. The daily prompts provided invaluable inspiration, I began to connect with other writers, and the daily writing habit I gained carried on long after the month was over. Ultimately it completely changed the focus of my blog from a hodgepodge of travel posts and photography to a writing blog that also catalogued my inspirations. I started with …

Contest Update

I have mentioned a few times over the past few weeks that I had entered in a holiday haiku contest held by little infinite. Thanks to all of the votes from followers here, my family, and friends I placed second and won a $50 prize. Since my resolution for 2019 was to submit more of my writing for publication, this is a very encouraging start! Read: Behind You: One Shot Horror Stories is a series of illustrations by Brian Coldrick. Each panel depicts a monster lurking nearby, with a one sentence caption. Ranging from funny to shiver inducing, each one is beautiful drawn and highly imaginative. See: Sunday, January 20th- Make plans to watch the total luner eclipse, which will start at 10:30 EST, and will turn the moon a deep rusty orange when it reaches totality at 11:40, earning its nickname “Blood Moon.” This Blood will be extra impressive, since it will also occur when the moon is the shortest distance from the Earth during its orbit. Watch: Wednesday, January 16th- Deadly Class premiers on SyFy. …