The Story of Stingy Jack O’Lantern, & The Origin of Trick-Or-Treat!

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As Halloween draws near, I feel it'd be fun to have a look at the traditions that surround this holiday, and discover how those traditions first began long ago. Haven't you wondered why we carve pumpkins, and why children (and adults 😉 ) dress up and knock on doors for candy? The answers we shall … Continue reading The Story of Stingy Jack O’Lantern, & The Origin of Trick-Or-Treat!

Ireland Mythology, Guest Post & Book Tour

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This week I'm participating in the book tour for Hazel West's new release: Scars of War, book #3 of the Modern Tales of the Na Fianna series. Which is an Urban Fantasy YA full with mythology and folklore. I've been reading the first book in the series and enjoying it so far! Hazel is here … Continue reading Ireland Mythology, Guest Post & Book Tour

My August Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog

August, yes, it was a different kind of month. I had a lot of fun near the beginning, going on a road trip out to IL, as you can see in my post about the trip and some photos from the St. Louis Botanical Gardens. But then coming back from that, life became stressful for a while. … Continue reading My August Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog

My July Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog

Is it just me, or did July fly by really fast? Not to mention the year in general—it's already August! Where did it all go? I blinked and it was over. But July went well. I got some things finished writing-wise, and the Silmarillion Awards were fun to participate in! I'm on a trip to … Continue reading My July Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog

My June Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog

This past June was more balanced: not overly stressful, but still busy. I did a few fun summer things, like going to the beach for the annual Sand Sculpture Event. I finished my review of Cinder, book one in The Lunar Chronicles. And I've made more progress with my WIP. Summer has also brought quite … Continue reading My June Happenings, 2016 #monthlywrapup #booknerd #authorblog

Monthly Summary and News! May 2016 #writer #booknerd #authorblog

May was easier-going than April. After that fall, my foot is doing much better now; almost back to normal except for the injured bump on the side, lol. May and June so far have been all about getting my WIP ready, as I'd really like to publish it next spring. This includes drafting up a book … Continue reading Monthly Summary and News! May 2016 #writer #booknerd #authorblog

Updates and April 2016 #writing #reading #blogging

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  It has been a LONG time since my last monthly update post, and there are several reasons for that. Back in December, my grandfather passed away over Christmas and it was a difficult time for me, my family and relatives. We were all very close to him. He was a wonderful person, and I … Continue reading Updates and April 2016 #writing #reading #blogging

Legends and Legendary Creatures, the A-Z List!

April's #AtoZChallenge explored many legends and legendary creatures from around the world. I learned a ton doing this: about creatures I'd never heard of or only vaguely knew of, about many interesting folklore tales and how they came to be, and about fossils of monstrous creatures that once lived. Many of you really enjoyed the posts, … Continue reading Legends and Legendary Creatures, the A-Z List!

Panotti of the Big Ears #AtoZChallenge

Part of the A-to-Z blog challenge. My theme is legends and legendary creatures. I hope you enjoy following along! Panotti of the Big Ears This legend comes from the ancient encyclopedic works "Natural History of both the real and the imaginative," published by Pliny the Elder in AD 77-79 (Yep, it's that old). It's one of the … Continue reading Panotti of the Big Ears #AtoZChallenge

Onions, What Vampires Fear #AtoZChallenge

Part of the A-to-Z blog challenge. My theme is legends and legendary creatures. I hope you enjoy following along! Onions & Garlic, the Vampire Repellent So what is it with garlic and onions? Why do monsters and vampires fear it, hate it, run away from it? Come along with me as we speculate the reasons why! (onions … Continue reading Onions, What Vampires Fear #AtoZChallenge