history

The Baroness of Flight

On August 22, 1882 in Paris, one of my favorite figures from history was born: Élise Léontine LaRoche. Élise was solidly middle class, the daughter of a plumber. This perhaps explains her interest in all things mechanical from an early age. She loved motorcycles, cars, and eventually started flying hot air balloons before taking up… Continue reading The Baroness of Flight

knitting

An Open Letter to Ravelry

For those unaware, in June the yarncraft website Ravelry.com suddenly and without warning rolled out a full site redesign and rebrand. Immediately reports of migraines, dizziness, and nausea appeared, as well as reports of seizures. While I won't go into detail here, the following is a copy of an email I sent to the Ravelry… Continue reading An Open Letter to Ravelry

knitting

Works in Progress

This week has been busy, which means I'm procraftinating more than previously. Poor Decisions After Midnight My fireworks socks got put on the backburner briefly, but I'm back to working on them again. I'm hoping to finish the foot this week. Lace Yardage The lace for my Victorian underwear got off to a rough start.… Continue reading Works in Progress

books

Challenge Check in

Last month I posted about a reading challenge I set for myself, to read more authors of color, particularly Black authors. I will be posting full reviews over on my book blog, but so far I've finished 3 books from my  list this month. I have two more checked out from the library, but haven't… Continue reading Challenge Check in

books, history

Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Strep Throat

I don't know about the rest of you, but strep throat was the bane of my existence in middle school. I think I caught it 4 times in sixth grade, and there was talk of having my tonsils removed. But what is strep? What causes it and how dangerous is it if untreated? The Disease… Continue reading Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Strep Throat

cats

Cat Update

Gwydion went in for his neuter on the first, and for two blissful days we had relative silence. Not that he stopped talking or playing; he did both. But he didn't find it necessary to announce the fact that he was still breathing every second of every day. Seriously, he would be the perfect pet… Continue reading Cat Update

sewing

Failures and Starting Again

Some of you might remember a project I posted about a while back, a set of summery Victorian undergarments I was hand sewing and planned to make hand knit/crocheted lace for. I wanted to start on the lace, so I went back to that project, only to discover I hadn't finished assembling the chemise. I… Continue reading Failures and Starting Again

books

By the Grace and ARC Availability

It is difficult enough in this age of awareness to be autistic, but in 1918 it didn’t yet exist as a diagnosis. With no vocabulary to describe her experiences or explain why certain things bother her, Julia Grace must navigate the social minefield that is Mt. Sinai School for Young Ladies. She leans on her… Continue reading By the Grace and ARC Availability

MHMon

Mental Health Monday: Processing Trauma

Trauma comes in many forms and can cause long-term effects, ranging from mental and emotional responses to physical symptoms. For the purposes of this post, I'm concentrating on mental and emotional trauma, which HelpGuide.org divides into three categories: One-time events, such as an accident, injury, or a violent attack, especially if it was unexpected or happened… Continue reading Mental Health Monday: Processing Trauma

books

Coming this Fall

Are you ready? It's time for your first teaser for my next book, out October 6. It's spooky. It's dark. And it's inspired by a historical period that mirrors the current one. BY THE GRACE is a paranormal mystery set in 1918, with an autistic main character. Stay tuned for more information. If you want… Continue reading Coming this Fall