Book Review: Prejudice and Pride

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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Uncategorized


27 resolutions for 27

  1. Read more books
  2. Get healthy again
  3. Finish editing your film, doofus!
  4. Restock your Etsy shop
  5. Download Spanish podcasts you’ll never listen to
  6. Take a spontaneous trip
  7. Learn to make chocolate truffles of all sorts
  8. Buy a cheap beer making kit. Don’t actually make beer.
  9. Visit family more often
  10. Write more letters
  11. Bleach a big streak in your hair like Caitlin Moran
  12. Stop buying plants you will eventually, inadvertently, but inevitably let die
  13. Finish watching the works of Kurosawa 
  14. Take a dance class
  15. Glance at pile of sewing projects yet to be started
  16. Attempt to go out more
  17. Stay in bed more
  18. Stop contradicting yourself
  19. Marathon more docs
  20. Write more blogs
  21. Clean out the clutter!
  22. Splurge on tacos more often
  23. Break up with the caffeine addiction
  24. Sort some trash
  25. Volunteer at the library
  26. Relearn dinosaur facts
  27. Never give up  
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Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


Jane Austen news roundup 8/23/15

Here’s a roundup of Jane Austen-y news from last week (to be enjoyed with your favorite cup of tea):

  • Dystopian Little Women – Not Austen related, but a favorite among many Janeites. There is a “gritty”, “dystopic” version of the Louisa May Alcott favorite being developed for The CW.
  • Jane Austen biopic/Romcom – Some geniuses are making a movie based on “Jane by the Sea” and turn her life into a romcom.
  • Jane for a Day – The New Orleans Jane Austen Society had what sounded like Janeite heaven. If you could be Jane for a day, what would you do?
  • Regency Love App – You can live your own regency romance fantasy on your smartphone. 
  • Manfeels Park – A web comic that takes the convos we have about modern dating, man children and anti-feminists, and plops them into Pride and Prejudice. Lizzy’s reactions are perfection.
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Posted by on August 24, 2015 in Uncategorized


10 years of media madness

This fall will mark a huge milestone in my career. I started writing for my high school newspaper sometme in September 2005, and I’ve done a little bit of it all since then.

Papers, magazines, movies, TV shows, radio, ‘zines, web content, podcasts. 

Yes. All the things! I’ve tasted pretty much all the items on the mass media menu and I think I’ve finally found a career that A.) doesn’t send me running for the hills, B) won’t die out in the next five years and C) is super cool to talk about. 

To commemorate my years of pain and agony (aka experience) I’m going to write a few blogs on my time in the trenches, so stay tuned (and feel free to share your own tales).


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Posted by on August 23, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Droughtlander Book Club: Let’s do this

Originally posted on Drunk Austen:

We are in a drought. Right now the state of Californis is slurping up its last dregs of water. More importantly, we are in the terrible waiting period between seasons of Outlander.

What are we to do? How are we to cope?!
By reading! Duh!

We’ll be reading the series together, tweeting about our progress and doing online meet ups. I suggest we do one book a month.

imageAugust – Outlander

September – Dragonfly in Amber

October – Voyager

November – Drums of Autumn

December – The Fiery Cross

January – Breath of Snow and Ashes

February – An Echo in the Bone

March – Written in My Own Heart’s Blood

The benefit of doing online posts as we go is that you can start at anytime (and leave off at anytime).

I’ll be making Facebook events over on Drunk Austen, so stay updated there for hangouts. Let me know…

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


Familial obligations: On an aging parent

My grandmother raised me, so that means I’ve always faced certain obstacles sooner than my peers. My parental figure retired when I graduated high school. Anytime she’s in the hospital it’s a big deal. She constantly reminds me about her will and death policies.

While everyone eventually faces a moment of true concern for their parent, it isn’t usually when you’re in your 20s. It isn’t when you aren’t financially able to support the person you raised you (let alone yourself). Yes, a lot of people have it a lot worse than I do, but I was recently a witness to some concerning developments in her life.

I knew from living with her after college that she had developed some bad clutter habits. Living with her meant I could clean up behind her as much as possible and throw out spoiled food. Moving away was hard on us both, but it feels like it’s hit her hardest. Harder even then seeing me go off to college.

She finally admitted to me she’s been talking to a doctor about her depression. Which is good, but still makes me feel awful. It’s not easy to come and see her often, and when I do stay she doesn’t want to leave the house. She only goes out to get groceries or go to the library, or when I make her go for walks (disguised as shopping ventures). I’m worried about her lack of human contact and exercise. Neither of those things can be helping her depression.

My most recent trip raised an even bigger red flag about something amiss. Her fridge is bursting with food. More food than a single person could really eat. Upon further inspection I found that most of the half eaten produce was rotten. She also seems to have forgotten what she already had in stock, resulting in multiple repeats. 

Maybe I’m a wimp, but I almost cried when I saw five empty pickle jars in the fridge. Just sitting there, taking up space. I asked her why they were there and she vaguely mentioned maybe using the liquid to pickle more things. I showed her the labels, most of them were well past their use by date. 

I’m worried and I don’t know what to do, and I really have no one to turn to for assistance. I’m the relation living closest to her and expected to take the reigns when she needs care. I just feel like I can’t take care of her when I only see her for two days once a month or so. 

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


#ATXPrep: The Fosters

With only four weeks until the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas, I’m getting all kinds of pumped. I’ve decided to marathon as many shows as possible that will be featured at the fest, mostly the ones that have been on my to-watch list for far too long or that sounded interesting.

First off: The Fosters

*spoilers ahead*

I just finished it today and I had a lot of pre-conceived notions going into it. I actually didn’t think I’d like it at all. It’s definitely a high-drama after-school kind of show, but I liked that it pushes a lot of social issues for what is considered a “family” show. 

We get plopped into multiple story lines surrounding the people in the Foster home, which doubles as an actual foster-home for orphans. I like that there’s a lot of discussion around the adoption process and foster-system. They don’t hold back on taking jabs at the convoluted nature of government entities and how they sometimes do a diservice to the children. Also great, the storyline about cultural heritage in a foster-home we see Mariana address at her quinceanera and later at the Mexican streetfair.

Stef/Lena – The moms. They do a great job of trying to do what’s right for their kids, but, for the sake of plot, the kids are constantly doing something crazy. One of Stef’s storylines deals with familial/religious conflicts around her sexuality. 

Callie – Main character really. Has been bounced around the system for years. Slightly in love with her foster-brother.

Jude – Callie’s little half-brother who faces interesting plot lines around the development of sexual identity at a young age.

Brandon – Stef’s biological son who is a piano genius/golden boy. We all know he and Callie will probably end up doing the dirty at some point in the future.

Mariana – Drama queen of the show, but she actually has interesting experiences if you can get past how annoying she is. Loved when she joined STEM club!

Jesus – Mariana’s twin brother. Poor think. His storyline was more interesting when they focused on his ADD issues and not his lady probs.

Overall, it’s a captivating show for the genre and audience it’s meant for. I will probably make every attempt to see the new episodes as they air.

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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in ATX Prep, show review


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