Early weekend?

How’s your week been? Mine has been, well, kinda off. For instance, I made it to therapy this Wednesday to discover that I was an hour late. I still hadn’t changed my bedroom clock ⏰ to daylight savings time. 😒 And now I have a little stomach thing and I don’t feel up to doing a long post. Can we just start the weekend now?




I was wondering why I hadn’t been getting any query requests. I haven’t been on the desktop computer as much lately, since my son is obsessed with his new games. I’ve been doing all my blogging and internet on my tablet. But it does some things better than others.

Yesterday I grabbed the desktop and started trying to sort through my Google mail. After a few tries, I found that all my query related mail has been sent to a new folder than I forgot about. I’m slowly going through it all, but I wanted to apologize if you wrote me regarding a review and never got an answer. I don’t answer every email, but I try to. And if I agree to read something, I try to finish it. Sometimes it just doesn’t work for me and I don’t finish though. And sometimes the files get buried and are hard to find. Just so you know where we are! Thanks for your patience!

Creative poetry exercise

As I mentioned before, I liked the collage feel of both Anthony Wilson’s notebook posts and Julie Mellor’s post about Cubomania, in which Julie cut up blocks of text and placed them together in a random way to create new poems. With this in mind, I started a new term at St Gregory’s Catholic College, Bath, […]

via Writing poetry with secondary school students: using cut ups — Josephine Corcoran

Adventure is another word for crisis

I had adventures today! At least, that’s one way to out it. I had to take my daughter in law to SLC to the hospital and On our way home I ran over something. We were on the freeway coming home in the dark and I didn’t see this chunk of metal until it was too late. By the time I got pulled over off to the side, it was wedged in the tire. Then we got to call for a row and sit in the cold car for an hour.

They towed us to Wal-Mart and I got A good look at the tire. This 5foot long piece of metal is stuck in my tire and there’s a giant hole in the tire. I don’t know how we didn’t flip the car or lose control. I’m still kinda freaked out about it. But my husband came and picked us up and we left the car overnight. Super glad to be home, but it’s always something, isn’t it? What a day

Happy weekend!

I don’t have a lot to say, just a note that I am busy with two great audio books, one in my car 🚗 and one at home, The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson and The Plantagenets by Dan Jones. Also I can’t wait to see 👀 Black Panther! I’m going today so no spoilers! Hope your day is great 👍.

Card Games!


Our family loves to play card games. We got several new games for lately and here’s a bit about what we have enjoyed and what we are not sure about.

My husband got The Mr. Toast Game for Christmas. The tagline says, “Avoid Chores and Chillax with Mr. Toast.” It’s a quick game for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up. All the graphics are bright and happy, with simple drawings of Mr. Toast and his friends. The plan is to get points by having fun and avoid having to do chores. Pretty much like real life, right? Each round only takes about 10 minutes to play. The rules are really simple. The game itself is only $10.

I just got another game in the mail, thanks to a Kickstarter I backed. It’s called Hardback. The version I have is similar to the one here but not identical. It’s a much longer game with more complicated rules. You play as an aspiring writer to wants to be the first to publish a best seller. The object is to get the most fame points. It’s a deck building game where you start out with a few basic cards and then use coins to buy better cards. It takes some time to get it set up, but it’s pretty simple when you get going. I think we’ll enjoy it more as we keep playing.

The one we didn’t really enjoy was San Juan. First of all, it’s $25, which is kind of high for a card game. But my husband wanted to try it, and I figured it might be fun. It’s supposed to be sort of based on Settler of Catan, which I’ve never played but heard a lot about. Unfortunately, the card game is very complicated to set up. As we played the rules started to make more sense, but I didn’t think the rule book explained the cards well enough. I’m sure there’s a video online that explains it all, but I just wanted to start playing, not spend time researching the game. I’m not too favorable on this one. Maybe it would be more fun with more than two players though.

Tell me what card games you like in the comments!

Book splurge!

I’ve been so down this week that I decided to cheer myself up by buying some stuff off my wish list. Most of them are books I’ve been wanting for a while, so there’s nothing very recent on here, but I thought I would share a couple all the same.


The Red Rope of Fate by KM Shea. Here’s the book description:

“In a land where humans and elves find it difficult to communicate, Tari—an elf—is bound to Captain Arion—a human military officer—in a ceremony designed to promote friendship between the two races. When the ceremony is over the pair discover that the impossible has happened: they can understand each other in spite of the language barrier.

Thrown into a storm of politics, Tari and Arion are put in danger by those who want humans and elves to remain separate.

To make matters worse, Tari realizes she has fallen in love with Arion, who has the emotional capabilities of a rock. As both societies dictate that an elf and a human can never be together, Tari must conceal her feelings. Unfortunately the taciturn Arion is watchful and attentive to Tari’s well being, constantly pushing her to her limits with his loyalty, friendship, and dreadfully informal habit of touching her.

If Tari and Arion survive, their tumultuous relationship will either strengthen their countries’ alliance, or cripple the human courts of nobility. The deciding factor will be Arion, and his indecipherable feelings for Tari.”

OK, this one was actually free, but I like this author’s fairy tale books a lot so I thought I would try a fantasy and see if it’s just as good. I’ll let you know!


The Body Politic by Catherine Aird. Book description here:

“What’s the value of one British engineer when stacked against the exclusive mining rights to a rare, strategically important, and extremely valuable mineral?

The British-based Anglo-Lassertan Mineral Company finds itself in hot water when one of its engineers, Alan Ottershaw, hits and kills a pedestrian while driving in a foreign country—a nation that happens to be “on the sunny side of the Iron Curtain,” with thick veins of the strategically important mineral querremitte. This particular country has draconian laws about killings, so Ottershaw is relieved when he’s whisked back to Calleshire before the foreign police can throw him in jail. But now that the Lassertan government is threatening to strip the mining company of its most valuable contract, poor Mr. Ottershaw begins to worry about his safety—and when he dies suddenly in a war reenactment, it looks like a very convenient solution to everyone’s problem.

A little too convenient, if you ask Calleshire detective C. D. Sloan, who, along with his bumbling sidekick, Constable Crosby, must investigate the death. It seems that nearly everyone in town would prefer to forget that the Lassertan debacle ever happened—but why has a man been following around the Calleshire MP dressed as the Grim Reaper? Who has been sending death threats and live scorpions via post? Detective Sloan is on the case.”

This one I bought because I love this police mystery series and I have had a lot of trouble finding a copy of this one in print. It’s finally on Kindle so I decided now was the time to get it.

What books have you brought home lately? Tell me in the comments!