Archive for December, 2014

let’s review: black heart

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Holly Black’s Curse Workers series comes to its close in Black Heart, which kept me well captivated throughout. The story picks up right away, throwing Cassel into the tangled web of the Feds and their demands, and on the opposite side of the tracks, the mob workers, crime lords, and the girl he loves. The Feds [...]

let’s review: red glove

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Red Glove, the second in Holly Black’s Curse Workers trilogy, contains less action than in White Cat, instead focusing on developing Cassel’s path in the con world as he reckons with his dysfunctional family, his newfound transformation powers, and winding schemes and plans that dart back and forth from the truth. Cassel continues to keep up appearances [...]

christmas cheers!

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

wrapped in winter

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

For our family Christmas Eve gathering this year, my father-in-law asked everyone to bring & share a poem. Here is mine: Wrapped in Winter   If snow comes in blankets, wrap me up in winter to keep me still. We never invite the cold but still it arrives at our doorstep: our ghosts of Christmas past and [...]

let’s review: white cat

Friday, December 5th, 2014

White Cat, the first in Holly Black’s Curse Workers series, introduces Cassel, an outsider with a bad habit of sleepwalking, who comes from a magical con family of curse workers. Curse work is seen as a crime, and therefore those who possess the ability must keep it under wraps. Cassel is his own kind of [...]

room for now

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

What is joy, but the surge of present tense?” –Timothy Willard The other morning at Starbucks, instead of looking at my phone while waiting for my breakfast sandwich, I decided to observe the people around me and the random moment we were sharing. Although it was only for a few minutes, I noticed things I [...]

let’s review: ruthless trust

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Ruthless Trust underscores the notion of the Christian faith being summed up in one word: trust. Despite lingering darkness and self-doubt, Brennan Manning urges the Christian to pursue a radical trust in God that overcomes. My small group read through this book together chapter by chapter, each producing rich, thought-provoking discussion. I am awed by the [...]

let’s review: yes please

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Amy Poehler is my spirit animal. Also, I feel like we would be good friends. Like if I randomly bumped into her one day I’d be like, “Oh hey Amy, want to go get coffee and be hilarious together?” and she’d be like “Totes,” and then we’d laugh and start abbreviating everything and mostly she [...]

let’s review: MFA vs. NYC: the two cultures of american fiction

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Expanded from an essay of the same title, MFA vs. NYC, edited by Chad Harbach, is non-fiction on fiction, observing the two major cultures in which it lands: the university creative writing program, and the New York publishing industry. Both offer their flaws and their perks, their layers and connections and revelations. Contributing authors take [...]