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 is much more simple, much [….]

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 complete wallflower, but she still [….]

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, and hasn’t stopped talking about [….]

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 a marriage, and the list [….]

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 be listening to my iPod.  [….]