Brief Update

Hello, my lovely readers. I'm just checking in briefly today to let you all know that some life developments have kept me away from the blog. The Chemist movie poster designs post will eventually be up, but for now I have some other things that need handling. I'll be back soon, promise!

The Chemist Dream Cast

Anyone who's a book worm (or book blogger!) will tell you, there are some books that just seem meant for movies. Maybe because they're just so good that you're dying to see them in another medium. Maybe because the description is so vivid, you can picture it all in your head as if you were watching it firsthand. Or maybe because the plot and action just feel designed for the mechanics of a movie.

An example of that last case, for me, was The Chemist. It's a new-ish book, a thriller published in 2016 or 2017 (I'm not sure), which I read as an audiobook during the fall 2017 semester. It has mixed reviews, which I'd say are partly earned. I had mixed feelings, but I'm sure some people hated it just because of who wrote it (which is why I'm not saying who that is. Ha!)

While listening to the story, I kept thinking that I liked it — but I'd like it better as a movie. (Turns out, the rights have actually been sold to make a TV movie.) With a deep desire t…

Once Upon a Time Family Tree

A long, long, long time ago on this blog, I mentioned a television show I was watching. At the time, I think the show was beginning season two. I binged the first on Netflix and watched the second live. Now, fast forward a few years, and the show has come to its end, after 155 episodes (and one failed spinoff).

I'm talking about ABC's Once Upon a Time.

I just recently caught up on season seven, which took its own weird turn in jumping ahead a good decade (at least; I don't think specific dates are given). The cast's contracts all expired, and only three of the original actors remained. So the main character's son goes from high school student to full-fledged 20-or-30-something man (effectively replacing the actor), and a plot is contrived to stick him (as the new main character) in some other place where all our missing members can be mentioned with plausible excuses for never seeing them. Honestly, the way I talk about this show's writing sounds like I hate it…

Wasting or Spending Time

In high school, I used a lot of time watching shows like Doctor Who on Netflix. I enjoyed crafts, even though I wasn't good at many of them. My senior year, I became active on Pinterest. And there was one phrase that really, really irritated me: "wasting time."

My brother playing video games was "wasting his time." I, binging Netflix for three hours, was "wasting my time." My dad, sitting in his armchair and watching PBS after work, was "wasting time."

It took me a few years to realize exactly why that bothered me so much, but I've finally figured it out.


"look out, 'cause here I come, and I'm marching on to the beat I drum. I'm not scared to be seen; I make no apologies. This is me"
- "This Is Me," The Greatest Showman

Guest Taylor Bennett

Good morning, my lovely readers!

Today we have a new guest, Taylor Bennett. She's here to talk a little about her new book, Porch Swing Girl, and share some old writing from her past for kicks and giggles. Enjoy!

About Taylor

Homeschooled since kindergarten, Taylor Bennett is the seventeen-year-old author of Porch Swing Girl, released by Mountain Brook Ink on May 1. When she’s not reading or writing, Taylor can be found playing her violin or taking walks in the beautiful Oregon countryside. She loves to connect with readers via her author website, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (her favorite!), Pinterest, and Goodreads.

Where to find her

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About her book

What if friendship cost you everything?

Stranded in Hawaii after the death of her mother, sixteen-year- old Olive Galloway is desperate to escape. She has to get back to Boston before her dad loses all common sense and sells the family house. But pl…

Dear Freshman: Sincerely, Me



Dear Freshman,

This series didn't really go the way I expected. I had a lot of big, vague ideas with not a lot of direction. I 'planned' for several letters, meaning I made a list of one-word topics and assumed I'd remember what I meant months later. Let's just say that's not the most effective approach to blogging.

But here we are. I've shared my senior year experiences and how they compare to the dreams and realities I had as a freshman. I told you about the types of friends I made in college, and how friendship doesn't fit into templates or rules. I listed the most important pieces to my (admittedly still developing) time management skills. And I narrated a few of the many, many pieces of identity that are often explored and discovered in college.