Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

No matter what you celebrate, it’s that time of year again! The time of giving gifts, spending time with family, and giving thanks for the ability to do both. My husband and I will be taking a brief trip across the province to visit family for the holidays, so the blog will be on Hiatus …

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Building the Nest

Building the Nest

My husband and I have always wanted kids. Building the nest is the first step. We agree it’s better to create good habits now, while it’s just the two of us in the house, rather than waiting until we have a newborn. With all the chaos kids create, trying to create new habits on top …

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Sounds of the Soul

Sounds of the Soul

I’ve always needed noise in the background. There are rare occasions when I prefer silence, if I can get it, but I’ve always found music best way to block out the buzz of life. Not only does music sharpen my focus, it inspires me. Random song lyrics trigger character or plot ideas. Epic background music …

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The Disney Experience

The Disney Experience

Earlier this year, a friend of mine won a Disney cruise for her whole family (herself, her husband and their two young boys). When she returned, she commented to me that the most memorable part of the cruise was the help she received from the staff to accommodate her young children, from the day-care to …

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I Click Therefore I Think

I Click Therefore I Think

I’ve talked before about my love of RPGs. I like games which require thought and decision making. But RPGs aren’t the only games which force you to put on your thinking cap. Another game genre I enjoy is puzzle games, though they seem to be on the low end of most gamers’ esteem. Perhaps because …

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Influence Maps

Influence Maps

Influence maps are a popular exercise among artists. The basic concept is to make a collage of all the art and artists who have influenced and inspired your work. A friend of mine made a book cover influence map to show the authors and series which have influenced her writing. I suppose an equivalent exercise …

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A Touch of Nostalgia

A Touch of Nostalgia

I try not to talk to much about my personal life in this blog. It’s boring, and I’m sure most people don’t care. I prefer to stick to more interesting topics, like books, writing and video games. But this blog is, at times, a record of significant moments in my life. Fair warning, this post …

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Ask Three Before Asking Me

Ask Three Before Asking Me

My husband is a high school English teacher. I’ve drawn from his experience in the classroom before, and I’m doing it again. Pretty much every teenager (myself included) drags themselves through high school believing they’ll never use a tenth of the information being pounded into their heads. And while it’s true that much of your …

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Lasers, Phasers and Blasters, oh my!

Lasers, Phasers and Blasters, oh my!

I recently wrote about my favorite magical doodads, which are a staple of fantasy fiction. My other favorite genre is science-fiction. I don’t need magic. If it gets me far enough away, or has interesting enough mechanics, sci-fi keeps me just as entertained. And hey, science! Bonus! Much like the fantasy genre, what you tend …

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Artificial Flavors

Artificial Flavors

I hate cooking. I really do. Part of it could be that I never really learned how to cook ‘properly.’ I probably never learned because I didn’t want to. I don’t know why my teenaged self thought it wasn’t important (since I cooked then almost as much as I do now; I just didn’t choose …

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