Gimbling in the Wabe – The Simple Power of Words

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Words are powerful.  No doubt about that.  Whole civilizations have risen and fallen on the power of words.   Words can move mountains; they have the power to heal, or the power to destroy.  Our ability to communicate through words is part of what makes us human.  But sometimes, their power […]

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Kirstin Cronn-Mills Flux/Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd First Edition:  October  1, 2012 ISBN 978-0-7387-3251-0 Elizabeth Williams is your typical introverted high school nerd girl, looking forward to the freedom that graduation should bring.  Paige, her Gwen Stefani-esque BFF since kindergarten, makes sure that Elizabeth is not a […]

Some Thoughts on Emotion in Writing

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I have this good friend who’s utterly obsessed with a certain band. Mostly, he’s into indie electronica bands, and this band is very new, but bonus: the lead singer is completely his “type”–tiny, cute, intellectual, unapologetically badass feminist.  He went to their concert in LA a week or two ago, […]

The Absent Woman by Marlene Lee

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The Absent Woman Marlene Lee Holland House Books First Edition: April 20, 2013 ISBN 978-1-909374-40-9 If there’s one demographic that is under-represented in fictional female leads, it’s middle-aged women with school-aged children.  Add in to that a woman who does not have custody of the children in the demise of […]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Of Music and Spring and Damnable Hope

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It seems like lately I simply cannot wash the dishes without first plugging into my iPod.  (Yes, I still hand wash my dishes.  I know, call me a Philistine, I don’t mind.)  This is true with other housework to a lesser extent, but especially when washing the dishes, I must […]