Or some of them, anyway. I’ve been listening to The Handmaid’s Tale on audiobook lately, and it’s gotten me thinking about dystopian novels. They’ve been around for a while, but there is definitely a trend, especially in YA, as of late. And it doesn’t surprise me, with all of the uncertainty going around in the world. So this has gotten me thinking about my own favorite dystopian novels and series, from past and present. So I present to you just a few of them.Read More →

If you don’t know, I am a history teacher by day. In order to be an effective history teacher, I think, you have to be a complete history nerd. You have to find history so exciting that you want to share it with others. And I do. I LOVE history. Recently, I have figured out that I love researching powerful families, monarchs and influential people. I like their quirks and their flaws. I like examining who the people in the family were underneath it all. And so, without further ado, I present to you some of my favorite historical families of power.Read More →

With the release of Jackie coming up (and the hopes that I am going to post my story about a First Lady to Wattpad soon), this history nerd is rating her favorite First Ladies of all time.  I’ve been actively reading everything that I can get my hands on about the First Ladies since I was about nine years old. I think it’s fascinating, these women who have so much quiet power while standing behind their husbands. I like to look at what they accomplished, how they lived their lives. A lot of them really were extraordinary women.Read More →

‘Tis the season!  Time for hot chocolate and holiday songs (no hot chocolate here, too warm, though we had several snow days last week). I’m one of those purists that refuses to listen Christmas songs until Thanksgiving has passed. Now, I’m listening to it constantly while I’m decorating. This year, my song of choice has been “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (probably not least because it’s used in my current work-in-progress novel). I never really liked the song til recently. It’s overdone with just a hint of creepy. But how can I resist something so catchy and 40s-sounding?  Plus, as I found out while researching thisRead More →

Every person I talked to told me that it is key for authors to start a blog. And more than that, it is key for authors to have a blog with a BRAND. A reason for people to keep coming back for more. I’ve been searching for my brand for years now.  Every time I think I’ve found it, I figure out something else I want to blog about. So far, my brand is: lists. Not even good lists. Silly lists. Stupid lists. Maybe I do need to find a bran to stick to. I’m not sure yet. But I’ve been thinking about it aRead More →