Parlez-vous français?


Je parle et écris un peu de français and, so far, things are going well.

Ha. I’ll write an entire post in another language one of these days. I’d write some Mandarin pinyin, too. I just need to figure out how to get the keyboard to show the correct tonal accents.

Lots of scholarly events this week, new people, the start of a mentorship for new and ESL students, but the highlight? Seeing Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus. Brilliant performance for an underrated play. I enjoyed their interpretation of one of Shakespeare’s later works. The humor injected by the actors’ reactions to serious matters made it more entertaining. What I did find fascinating was the innovative set design. Such a small physical space was used to tell a story of a much grander scale. I love watching plays to see how other creative minds transform the written word into amazing visuals. Great inspiration.

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So Nice, They Did It Twice


And it’s déjà vu all over again.

Seekingsomepeace made my day. In woefully delayed fashion from quite a week, I say a bright eyed and bushy-tailed thank you. I’ve had this blog for less than a year. It’s nice to know that my brain spills have a wide appeal. Twice, even.

I shall address all things Liebster–not the singer, mind you–and get to the ROW80 check-in after that. Good? Good.

Here’s the skinny:

1) Link back to the person who nominated you. (Thanks again, Seekingsomepeace!)

2) Answer the ten questions asked by aforementioned lovely person.

3) Nominate ten other awesome and lovely people.

4) Send off ten questions you’d like them to ask you.

5) Let the nominees know how awesome they are by popping by their blog to inform them of their greatness.

It’s a fun way to promote a blogtastic atmosphere over the interwebs and fosters global and cyber unity. Me likey.

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What a Hump Day!


And I mean this with the utmost glee.

Here’s why.


I finally–FINALLY–got to attend a Write-In for The Other Eleven Months, a NaNo Writing Group. Not only did I do word sprints for Aaralyn’s Song and Greatest Hits, but I had the added pressure of actually hearing the clickety clacking of keys as we typed away at the coffee shop. (We’re in a booked room so it’s not obnoxious or anything. hehe)


I got hold of my books, nine tangible goodies in the MG/YA realm, and I’m excited to dig in. I also got another pre-approval for a MG adventure over at NetGalley. Add that to the list I’ve yet to read there. I’m thinking of going through those first (after my current one) and I’ll save the physical books for Middle Grade May, should there be another reading contest. 🙂


Schedules are coming together for March Madness and I’m excited. I’m still in the planning stages, so I’ll post more about that as we draw near.


Here’s the biggest yay of the week, thus far. I’m loving going to a physical class again–without the real pressure of days gone by. I’m enjoying the material and face time with other mortals. One tends to forget that when taking the solitary writing path.

Enjoy the rest of the week. I’ve got lots to do and must be off!

A Christmas Day #ROW80 Check-in


Jingle bells and ukeleles, everyone!

Merry Christmas! I wish worldwide joy and happiness on this and every day.

Only twenty-five rotations around the sun since I’ve been to Maui and I gotta say–it’s still warmer than my home and native land. Family holiday photos on the beach at sunset? Check. Waking up at 0200 to head up to Haleakalā Moon Crater for a sunrise? Cheeeck. Delicious exhaustion. Check, check, check, check, check.

Actually, let me edit that. There were moments–looooong moments–yesterday where I was certain my fingers and toes would remain up at Haleakalā National Park when we finally made the descent.

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