goddammit, amanda

I have the week off work. I had plans.  Plans to clean, and write, and file things, and maybe get the three of us off of our shared Apple account and into Family Sharing because I’m tired of the 8 year old getting texts meant for the lovely husband on the phone he has justContinue reading “goddammit, amanda”

shameless other people promotion!

Issue #3 of SciPhi Journal is out, and it has a story in it by my evil twin, Jason Kimble. “Detritus” is really, really good.  I mean, I’ve been reading Jason’s work for years now, and this is my favorite story of his (this is my favorite universe of his), and I am so excited  toContinue reading “shameless other people promotion!”

We do share a brain. I did a venn diagram and everything.

So over on Tumblr, which is where I keep, among other things, my obsession with Ben Linus (have you read that Glee/Lost crossover I beta? Because it’s good), I’ve been sort of half-pondering revenge tragedy and the subversion thereof.[1] Anyway, in response to another post over there, I made the comment “… how much ofContinue reading “We do share a brain. I did a venn diagram and everything.”

state of the Laura: weekend highlights

Spent Saturday at Islands of Adventure to celebrate the evil twin’s birthday. I haven’t ever thought of myself as a Harry Potter geek, and yet I was all goofy as we walked into Hogsmeade, and did a little geeky dance of joy when we saw Hagrid’s cottage. (FANG WAS BARKING, OKAY? DO NOT JUDGE ME!)Continue reading “state of the Laura: weekend highlights”

The Art of the Novel, 21 years later

(All quotes are from:  Kundera, Milan.  The Art of the Novel.  Trans. Linda Asher.  New York: HarperCollins, 2003.  Print.) 21 years ago, I was in England for a semester abroad. My college had a sister school in Grantham, and every semester they sent a bunch of kids over to drink a lot, travel, and learnContinue reading “The Art of the Novel, 21 years later”

artistic friendship books?

So the other morning on NPR, I heard this story about Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt, and their relationship. Okay, about all I know of Degas are his ballet paintings, and I know even less about Cassatt (though guess whose work randomly showed up on my Tumblr today?), but now I know that they knewContinue reading “artistic friendship books?”

in which the lovely husband and I meet Alton Brown

My husband really digs Alton Brown. Like, we watched Good Eats religiously, Scott has all the cookbooks, we own kitchenware with his doodled face on it, whenever we’re trying to find a decent recipe for something we go hunting for the Alton Brown version. We brine our turkey every Thanksgiving and it’s totally because ofContinue reading “in which the lovely husband and I meet Alton Brown”

do your homework with a fork: on safe spaces and taking teenagers seriously

My mother tells a story about me, from when I was about the Zweeble’s age, and I kept coloring the grass purple. “Laura, grass is green.” “Uh-huh.” And I’d calmly color the grass purple again. My mother’s best friend at the time, Margaret, is an artist–a painter. And one day she was over and sawContinue reading “do your homework with a fork: on safe spaces and taking teenagers seriously”

Things To Read, Other People Edition

I know, I know, what you really want is to read something by me.  (Oh my god, I am blushing just typing that, where did my youthful arrogance go?)  I may have something for you in that regard in a while–I’m working on a blog post about One of the Weird Things I Am Fascinated By,Continue reading “Things To Read, Other People Edition”

the things I find in the library database

Do you know how hard it is to try and research what types of fabric were used in the 19th century?  I mean, it’s a small detail, and it’s a throwaway line, and it’s alternate history, anyway–but while that means I could probably say that denim came into widespread use in (as a totally fakeContinue reading “the things I find in the library database”