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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

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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

history

Would this Kill me in the 1800s: Asthma

Asthma is a common enough problem in the US. It affects roughly 7-8% of people worldwide, though in the developed world at least, it doesn't trigger much concern. Many children are diagnosed with it and then outgrow their symptoms. But statistics show that asthma cases have been steadily rising since the 1960s, likely due to… Continue reading Would this Kill me in the 1800s: Asthma

books, knitting

Knitting WIPs and FOs

This looks a bit anticlimactic, doesn't it? I promise, it'll get more interesting. Eventually this is going to turn into a sock. I swear.Specifically, it's going to become the mate to the sock below that I made a couple of months ago, then walked away from so I could finish other stuff that needed to… Continue reading Knitting WIPs and FOs

writing

Writing WIPs

With the newly revised edition of Dru Faust out int he world, and my current Patreon story finishing this week, you may be wondering what I'm working on now. One thing that I've been working on this year is increasing the lead tiem on my books--that is, the time between when I finish drafting and… Continue reading Writing WIPs

books

A Reading Challenge

Since my post last week, I've continued to ruminate over ways I can help the Black community and show my support, even though I'm limited right now. Last week I mentioned that I would do a free manuscript critique for any Black author. My next step is to work on educating myself. Over and over… Continue reading A Reading Challenge