Netflix released a new young adult rom com this weekend, Sierra Burgess is a Loser. I’ve been excited about this movie for awhile–Netflix hit it out of the park with recent rom coms like Set It Up and To All the Boys I Loved Before, so I had high hopes for Sierra Burgess. Just before the movie released, I learned something that shot my excitement for this movie through the roof: Continue reading
It’s June, and, as promised, I have returned.
I missed you all so much, and I missed writing this blog, but hiatus was a good choice for me. This spring was loaded with work and travel and grieving and decisions to be made. It wreaked havoc on my mental and emotional health. Having one less thing to worry about was important.
But now, I’ve completed my graduate degree. I’ve spent lots of time resting, out of doors, reading, and writing for myself. I’m not 100%, but I’m back. In the past few weeks, I’ve found myself thinking, “I should blog about that,” and now I will.
You can expect the usual book reviews, plus a few deeper dives on subjects I care about. I want to get better at talking about the tough topics, scary as that is to do on a public forum. I’m not certain if Lyse Links will return, but I suspect I won’t be able to stay away. It’s one of my favorites.
I have already scheduled my first (real) post of summer for tomorrow. It’s a doozy, talking about things I’ve never discussed, and I’m a little nervous about releasing it. I can’t wait to see what you think though.
Now it’s over to you! What have you been up to while I was gone? What did I miss?
I wanted to start the new year with a series of posts reflecting on 2017. It was a good year, an eventful year. I moved; traveled; took up running; tried a multitude of new activities; blew past my reading goals; nearly doubled my blog views; grew immeasurably. I wanted to share those accomplishments with you and talk about the future (including my plans to go on hiatus).
2 things got in the way of that:
- I’ve been wholly consumed with tackling my 2018 projects and beginning the year as I mean to go on.
- I was blindsided by a family tragedy this week.
For my mental health and the success of my degree and career, I’m immediately limiting my online consumption and focusing on “real life.” I’ve included some of my original writing about my already-planned hiatus below.
My reflections on 2017 and goal-setting for 2018 revealed an important theme: I need to focus this year.
I’m in the throes of what I’ve dubbed Project FREEDOM–the final rush of requirements to finish my master’s program and escape academia. I have bills to pay. A career to build. A book to write.
To do those things, something has to go. Exercise can’t go. Reading can’t go. My job can’t go.
So the blog has to be one of the things I drop for now. That was a hard decision to make, especially on the heels of 2 years with the most traffic I’ve seen. I’m terrified that I’ll never grow back to that. Or at least that I’m throwing it away by not capitalizing on it.
But I need to make the hard prioritizing choices. I need to finish this degree. I need to get settled so that I have the freedom to explore my art and passions more. So I’m going on hiatus here and on Twitter until at least June. I should be done with my degree then, and I’ll evaluate whether I can come back.
If you’re new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoy my old writing and, if so, that you follow to be notified when I come back. In the meantime, I recommend a few blogger friends:
To my wonderful followers: thank you for joining me on this journey. Blogging has been a joy in my life for 6 years now. I can’t wait to come back and give you the attention you deserve.
Authors/Publishers: I will not be taking books for review until I return. I appreciate your thinking of me, and encourage you to contact one of the bloggers I listed above.
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science
In Bonk, the best-selling author of Stiff turns her outrageous curiosity and insight on the most alluring scientific subject of all: sex. Can a person think herself to orgasm? Why doesn’t Viagra help women-or, for that matter, pandas? Can a dead man get an erection? Is vaginal orgasm a myth? Mary Roach shows us how and why sexual arousal and orgasm-two of the most complex, delightful, and amazing scientific phenomena on earth-can be so hard to achieve and what science is doing to make the bedroom a more satisfying place.
Less taboo than you might think
Let’s just get this out of the way–it’s a book how sex works and what science knows about sex. It’s not erotica. Yes, it talks about erections and orgasm and arousal and all kinds of body parts. But it’s quite tasteful, for the most part. Any adult could read this book and not feel guilty. Continue reading
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes Continue reading
Greta’s tweet triggered instant anger & humorless laughing for me, so I’m glad someone took the time to explain why she’s wrong. I’ve been in several university libraries & none of them are vanity projects in any way.
This morning, media personality Greta Van Susteren tweeted out:
Colleges should stop building vanity projects like huge libraries and billing students-full libraries are on our smartphones! https://t.co/QBeVKZvIKZ
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) October 31, 2016
A vanity project? Hah! No library I’ve ever worked in could be called a “vanity project.”
The tweet was in response to a Yahoo Finance article: College is Still Getting More Expensive: What Can Stop It?
No real surprises here: College is too expensive and yes, debt is a concern for most students and families–something that most of us agree with.
The comment about smartphones? A flippant remark that reveals a real lack of understanding about academic research and how information is accessible to students.
But a vanity project? A 2012 article on InsideHigherEd.com reported that library budgets as a percentage of the total university budget had fallen from a high of 3.83% in 1974…
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