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

tarot

Monday Tarot

It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, but I have a new deck and I'm excited to use it. This time, I'm doing a general reading for July. Go ahead a pick a stack: As always, please remember these readings are just for fun. Group One: The Lock The first thing… Continue reading Monday Tarot

cats

Cat Update

This morning I learned that Gwyd has learned how to open draws. I discovered this when I went into the bathroom and found him sleeping in the bottom drawer of the vanity, hugging the role of toilet paper we'd hidden there. I haven't decided if I'm going to put a child lock on that drawer,… Continue reading Cat Update