CINNAMON: A Grown-Ass V.C. Andrews Review

Now, I know that I published my Dawn review last week. Normally I’d work through an entire series in order but I couldn’t get my hands on a copy of Secrets of the Morning right away. I did, however, find all four first books in the Shooting Stars mini-series. So let’s give the Cutler Series a bit of a break while we blast through Shooting Stars. CINNAMON LOVES THE SHADOWS,...

DAWN: A Grown-Ass V.C. Andrews Review

A few weeks back I spent the day with the kids at my mom’s place for some nostalgia. We did some thrift store shopping just I did so frequently in my teens. This was the only V.C. Andrews book in the entire store, thankfully the first in a series, so I bought it and dug right in for my late summer reading. This adventure led me to start my new...

Revisiting V.C. Andrews Books As A Grown-Ass Woman

I’m a little ashamed to admit that got into VC Andrews late into the game. The dog-eared paperbacks frequented the shelves of the thrift stores I visited as a kid. So inviting. So tantalizing. A pretty girl’s face peeked through the keyhole on every cover, and then you’d open it to the stepback page behind it that revealed a horrified-looking family. Always a girl. Always a boy seductively looking at...

How to Successfully Introduce Yourself as a Writer

A couple of weeks back, Dan Bell (who I mentioned previously) had a neat live-chat on his Instagram. He picked random people to chat with for about 5 minutes at a time. I submitted my name thinking that the odds of me getting picks were pretty decent. Lo and behold, midway into editing my novel, I was CHOSEN. We talked mostly about “making it” as creative people and how creative...

Summer Memory Songs

There’s a new playlist on my Spotify of songs I’ve listened to during previous summer. It’s a cool feature, but I’ve only been a Spotify subscriber for a couple of years. Unfortunately, the playlist was not an accurate representation of summer’s past. Summer nostalgia might be easy for today’s youth, but we senior Millennials gotta dig into the memory cache for those songs that trigger peak summer nostalgia. Here’s a...

Where the Hell Have I Been?: An Update

Well, I was doing well for about a month there. Candidness is a hard thing to maintain on a regular basis, especially when I’m trying to balance said candidness between writing and parenting. Here’s what I was doing while I wasn’t here. I Was Finishing a Story I was working on my first short story, which I mentioned here, and submitted it to a crime erotica anthology. I give myself...

6 Things I Hate About Summer

Two women sunbathing on the beach.

One of my least favourite times of the year is fast approaching. We’re already in the thick of it here in Kamloops B.C. Summer officially starts this Friday and today it’s gonna be 33 degrees (94.1 for you Americans). People usually shun me for hating summer, especially living in a city known for its hot dry summers, but quite frankly, you live where you live and you’re allowed to hate...

Tales of a Secular Christian: “Marilyn Manson”

Marilyn Manson clutching the Holy Bible.

In an attempt to talk more openly about my Christian faith, I’ve decided to bluntly share my upbringing in a series I’m calling “Tales of a Secular Christian”, wherein I share how my public school education melded with my church upbringing. (Thanks Mom and Dad, for being too poor to put me into Christian school!) I hope to share a bit about how various secular elements have given me the...

Entertainment Round-Up: Spring 2019

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I’ve had a bit of a dry spell in TV time since my son was born. Having kids does greatly limit your ability to watch non-child-friendly entertainment, but here I am doing my best. Like, sure, I can watch all I want with my infant son around, but being off work means that my daughter’s also always around, which means that it’s kid-friendly Netflix all up in here most of...

Style Guide: Pattern Mixing Like A Boss

I’m just gonna pat my own back here: one of the most frequent comments I receive about my clothing choices is how good I am at pattern mixing. It’s definitely become the most fun about discovering fashion and developing my own looks. I’ve always been a visual person. I love patterns and textures and colour. They really do make me happy and help stabilize my moods. People often tell me...