Archive for January 2017

Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list

Beyond 1984: A Trump-inspired dystopian reading list
The book 1984 by George Orwell has been at the top of the Amazon best seller list for days. The interest in 1984 is so high that print copies are currently sold out. It seems the inauguration of Donald Trump has quite a few people thinking in dystopian terms. This inspired a friend to ask on Facebook... Read more »

A love letter to my muse

Hello? Are you there? Are you even reading this? [No, not *you.* I see you there. Whether you are a longtime reader or a new one, welcome. I am glad you are here. I truly am, but I must admit that this is being written for someone else. It’s okay. You can read it too.... Read more »

Book recommendations based on other things you like

Recently my cousin Kat Strack has been posting small picture collages on Facebook. Each collage recommends a book based on other things that you have liked. I found them clever, so I asked if I could share them here. She said yes, so here nine book recommendations based on other things you like. If you’ve... Read more »
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Bracing for President Trump with thoughts on hope from Vaclav Havel

Bracing for President Trump with thoughts on hope from Vaclav Havel
As we enter the era of  President Donald Trump, who I expect will be one of my least favorite world leaders (Go ahead an prove me wrong, DT!), I reflect on a quote from on of my favorite world leaders, Vaclav Havel. Havel was a dissident playwright who became President of Czechoslovakia and then of the Czech... Read more »

How a middle-aged mom justified buying velvet over-the-knee boots

A few weeks ago I decided to try the over-the-knee boot trend. I was looking for a pair that would be fairly casual, with a low enough heel to be comfortable, and without a floppy top reminiscent of a pirate costume. Because I wasn’t sure if I would actually be comfortable wearing over-the-knee boots I... Read more »

Meryl Streep and me and my ex-boyfriend

Meryl Streep won the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes, which is their lifetime achievement award. Good for her. It was well-deserved because she has done work worthy of multiple lifetimes, and her speech was amazing (Read the transcript here.) For all her achievements, when I think of Meryl Streep I can’t help but... Read more »
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My least favorite part of writing: Naming characters

My least favorite part of writing: Naming characters
I began the new year right (write?) by starting work on a new full-length play (as included in my 2017 goals). I already have some scene notes, character notes, research notes, and even a few pages of dialogue. What I don’t have is names for my characters. Naming characters is my least favorite part about writing. Naming characters... Read more »