My One-Month Anniversary on Mastodon

Related Post: Yesterday was my one-month anniversary on Mastodon. Because I had a terrible time crunch for most of November, I didn’t do as much exploring there as I had wanted to do. However, I’m starting to feel more at home there now. And I like it. Here are some reasons why: I’m beginning to …

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stack of 3 books plus open book with pen. Title: Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday 7 Books to Introduce Myself

This week’s suggested topic for Top Ten Tuesday is: Cozy Reads (Share books that give off a cozy vibe, whether through atmosphere, setting, or some other factor.) I can’t remember the last cozy book I read. Therefore, I’m doubling up here on a topic that’s going on over on Mastodon for readers and book bloggers to …

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A man and woman on a sandy beach as ocean waves roll in. Text reads "Thanksgiving at Long Beach."

Top Ten Tuesday  Things I’m Thankful For

Since this week’s Thursday is Thanksgiving in the U.S., our topic this week is Thankful Freebie. Ever since my husband and I retired to the coast of Washington, where our daughter was already living, the three of us have spent Thanksgiving week at a beautiful spot in our state. For the last several years, that …

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Writers Wrestle with Twitter: Do I Stay or Go (and Where?) ‹ Literary Hub

After Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter became official on October 27, Margaret Atwood tweeted, “Any truly viable alternatives to Twitter yet?” Atwood wasn’t the only writer looking for the next lite… Source: Writers Wrestle with Twitter: Do I Stay or Go (and Where?) ‹ Literary Hub   Related Post: I’m Joining the #TwitterMigration to #Mastodon …

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I’m Joining the #TwitterMigration to #Mastodon

Background Last week you-know-what hit the fan over at Twitter when Elon Musk took over. A lot of folks, concerned over the return of hate speech and disinformation, talked about finding an alternative to Twitter. Also, Stephen King and Elon Must got into a well publicized dust-up over account verification and its related cost. I’m …

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Banner on purple background: Nonfiction November, Notes in the Margin. Photo of stack of books with the following titles: Hidden Valley Road, Words Are My Matter, The Self Delusion, The Power of Regret, Women in White Coats, The Doctors Blackwell, A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise

This Year I’m Doing Nonfiction November

Introduction I had all sorts of good intentions to read more nonfiction during 2022, but here it is November and, according to my spreadsheet, I’ve read exactly one nonfiction work all year (a memoir that wasn’t very good and that I therefore didn’t review).  I like alliteration and have heard of Nonfiction November, so I …

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Last Week's Links

Literary Links

American Library Association’s New Book Censorship Data Released in Advance of Banned Books Week As you have probably already guessed, the statistics are pretty grim. Category: Censorship Series on Historical Fiction from The Atlantic On the occasion of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, The Atlantic carries a series of feature articles about historical fiction. …

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Map of Washington State, USA

Road Trip!

My husband and I have just returned from a two-week road trip through central and southern Washington State. We retired to Tacoma, WA, on the coast, from St. Louis in 2013. Since then, we’ve slowly (with the two-year hiatus of COVID-19) been exploring other areas of the state.  The more inland parts of the state …

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