Category Books

Claude Frollo, 15th Century Nice Guy ™

About a week ago, I finished reading Notre Dame de Paris (better known to English speakers like me as Hunchback of Notre Dame). As a Way More Than Casual fan of Les Mis, I wanted to make it my goal to read more of Hugo’s novels this year. Given the incredible new cast recording for the […]

The Power of Stories (Or an Essay on Why I Don’t Usually Like Things Casually)

I don’t like things casually. This occured to me as I was watching the Hamilton performance at the Grammy’s while I sank slowly into the couch cushions and got tears in my eyes, intermittently emitting a soft squeak. To be fair, I wasn’t alone in this; my roommate was grabbing the sleeve of my sweatshirt […]

Les Mis Redux: Finding My Voice

This is a bit more of a personal post than usual, but it is also one I feel very compelled to write, one of those moments when if I don’t get the words down on the page, my soul feels stuck . I’ve been thinking about this post for a few days, but due to […]

The Summer of the Soul in December: Musings on Christmas According to the Muppets

As a child, Christmas was always my favorite time of year. It was pure, absolute magic. My family is Catholic, and I remember the first time I was allowed to go to Midnight mass instead of the children’s service, remember looking up at the stars in complete excitement before we walked into the church, because […]

The Spirit of Rebellion

Admittedly I’ve been less than consistent with posting on this blog because of the two other major writing projects I’m currently working on, and this post is a bit of a departure from the norm (though it will tie in, and I’m thinking of expanding my blog topics) but this is a place where my […]

Confessions of a Fangirl

What with the release of the new Star Trek movie, the announcement of Amazon World’s fanfiction publishing platform, and Yahoo’s purchase of Tumblr, fandom and fanfiction have found themselves in the spotlight and in the news quite a lot recently, even making their way into a recent edition of the Washington Post Express here in […]

Silent Shakespeare

Wow, so this post has been delayed and delayed and delayed…life got in the way a bit, but hopefully I will now return to at least a semblance of a normal posting schedule. This week’s topic? A silent version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Silent Shakespeare, you ask? But isn’t Shakespeare known for his language, known […]