Where has the time gone??

Once again, I've not posted in forever. Oh, well. Why break the habit that has steadily developed over the last several years? Anyway, I've been super busy. Between work, watching my country fall apart, and trying to be somewhat creative, there really isn't time for much.

I'm not going to spend any time talking about the orange fool in the White House. I mean, let's face it: everything is a complete shit storm. He's a complete embarrassment to this country and is completely unfit to be president. Enough said.

As for work, I am indeed busy. Lots of editing for the special issue coming up, and I am reworking an article so I am really busy and knee deep in research for that one.

I did join a writing critique group this year, and so far it has gone well--though with the amount of work I am having to do on the article mentioned above, I am not sure much "creative" writing will be accomplished these days.

Anyway, that is just a tiny update. Hope all is well…


I am such a bad blogger, but here we are. It has been 13 years, y'all. Happy Birthday, Susie's Blog!

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Basically, all you need to know from this book are two things that you already knew:

1. Trump is an idiot.

2. There are better books about Bannon and Trump out there.

The book is not very well put together, it is basically just a gossip column, and it is repetitious. I think that some things in this book are true and some aren't. But in such cases, the best thing to do is to look for patterns--and the most obvious pattern is that Trump is easily led by whomever has the floor at the time and doesn't have any clue what he is doing.

That being said, the book is more about Bannon than it is about Trump. If you are interested in Bannon, I recommend Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency by Joshua Green.

I basically read Fire and Fury because I like to form my own opinions, and in my opinion, this added little to the conversation.

I am not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Trigger warning: discussions about death, anxiety attacks, rape, sexual abuse, drug abuse, alcoholism,  suicide attempts, etc.

Why did I place a trigger warning? Because I really wish I'd had one before reading this book. Don't get me wrong--I am totally glad I read it, but it was rough and there were times when it became a bit too much for me. Which, honestly, I guess it should become a bit too much for the reader, because this is a story we need to hear. (I just needed a little warning before I dove into it.)

Sanchez's book is a YA novel that follows Julia as she tries to uncover secrets she starts to uncover when her sister, Olga, is killed. Julia's parents are illegal immigrants, and Julia is not conforming to her strict family's ideas of womanhood.  She is a feminist and a writer--though she keeps her writing secret. She is a good stu…

I'm reading Agatha Christie, and I am distressed.

Over the last year, I read my first Agatha Christie novel, And Then There Were None. I loved the story and the crazy characters. I love watching the Poirot mysteries on APT, along with the Miss Marple mysteries. But sometimes I get super frustrated with the racism in Christie's books. I mean, I realize its connected to "the times" in which she wrote, but I still shake my head at it sometimes.

I just read an article that mentions that some people say, (and I summarize in my own words), "Well, the racism is only coming from characters portrayed negatively." Yeah...okay...but she still titled one book "Ten Little N******." Sorry. That excuse doesn't fly.

But racism in "classics" is no new problem. Let's be honest: it is everywhere. You can hardly pick up a classic without facing racist ideas either directly or indirectly. Things do seem to be changing for the better, but I am still confused by the often indirect assumptions/stereotypes …

It is 2018!

Once again, it has been MONTHS since I last posted to this blog. But "HI!" anyway!

2017 was a genuine shit show in terms of our country and Trump, but I don't need to rehash that, because, let's face it, all we hear in the news is the latest crisis that our country's "leader" has initiated.

Instead, let's focus on some of the good things that happened in my world:

1. I read 48 books. I didn't meet my 50 book goal, but I'm proud of what I accomplished this year. I read in lots of genres, and I learned a ton. I did officially set a reading goal on Goodreads for this year, but only as a way to keep up with my reading. I don't really care if I meet it. This year is about quality over quantity, and I am only reading what I want to read.

2. I became more outspoken and stood up for my beliefs more--something I haven't always done.

3. I had my first hot flash. Yeah, some of you may not think that is a good thing, but I do! It is like a rite …

Stepping into the psychological suspense genre...

Except for a brief period of reading Christopher Pike novels when I was twelve, I have never been a mystery or suspense fan. I'm not sure why. I guess because I wasn't interested in the particulars of a detective solving a mystery or hearing about another woman's brutal murder being investigated. It just wasn't for me. Even romantic suspense novels really didn't do it for me.

But over the last couple of years, I have been exploring the genres a bit more--both mystery and suspense. I started with cozy mysteries about thirteen years ago and became a fan of the Coffeehouse mysteries. (Though I haven't read all of them.) I like cozies because they remind me of small-town romance, and those are...well...cozy. But I still didn't pick up a real mystery until over the last couple of years. I finally read my first Agatha Christie novel this year! I have found that there are types of mysteries/mystery tropes I really like--and And Then There Were None hit all of the …