Year In Review: 2016


Total Books Read: 28 (weak sauce)

% Written by Women: 67% (nice)

% Written by POC: 10% (could be way better)

% Written by International Authors: 21% (also some room for improvement)

Favorite Book of the Year: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel



Total Number of Performances: 15

Favorite Live Lit Piece: It’s a toss-up between my thoughts on avocado toast or a brief overview of my family history.

Favorite XX, Will Travel Blog Post: Coming to America

Favorite BookRiot Post: How Age-Inappropriate Reading Was Appropriate for Me



Albums On Repeat:

Nothing’s Real by Shura


Emotion by Carly Rae Jepsen




White Women by Chromeo


Kick by INXS


Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper


Favorite Live Show: LCD Soundsystem at Lollapalooza was worth wading through the masses of alcohol-poisoned teens.



Character I Will Channel as I Fight the Trumpocracy: Furiosa

Quote that Best Describes 2016: “Your 20s are all about like hope, and then your 30s are all about realizing how dumb it was to hope” from the movie Don’t Think Twice

Scene I Will One Day Reenact with a Boyfriend/Lover/Sad Sack Friend: 


TV Show that I Need People to Get On Board With: Lady Dynamite. I don’t understand why this is difficult.

TV Show that Feels Like Homework: Game of Thrones. Just create a collage of Tyrion’s best lines, please. It’s all I care about.



Total Number of Trips: 8

Favorite Destination: Detroit. (You can fight me on this.)

Travel Anecdote for the Ages: That one time I went to Costa Rica and a freaking hurricane chased me.

Favorite XX, Will Travel Episode: Travel Epiphanies with Jessica Kent



Celebrity Death that Finally Brought Me to Tears: Carrie Fischer, mostly because I can’t imagine what Gary, her French Bulldog, is going through.

Alter Ego that Has Come to Light: Turns out I still have my revolutionary political spirit intact. Bring it, Trump.






A Month in Obsession: January 2016

Obsession: An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.

What are the little worms that have been roaming the neuron and synapses in my brain this month? Let’s find out!

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I needed to update my blog.

I needed to redesign my blog.

I needed to revamp the idea of a blog, and strive for a semi-professional website.

Because a lot has happened since I wrote my last post.

I fell in love with improv, only to fall a bit out of love with it. Relationship status: It’s complicated.

I fell in love with live lit, and so far our connection has been pretty great. Relationship status: I’ve got a crush.

Ok, enough with the lousy love metaphors.

I’m still working on my novel, and I’ve been receiving quite the positive feedback. But you know what they say? I don’t need to write a good novel, I simply need to write a finished novel. (Who says that? No one, no one does. However, there’s no point in me dreaming about publication if I can’t finish one lousy novel.)

I’m also doing other writerly things that I’m very excited about.

Oh, and lately I’ve been fantasizing over becoming a sommelier.

Anywho, this is my post saying I’ve been rebooting LIFE.


Friday Fiesta: Best Song Nominees


Remember when Celine Dion won for that monstrosity called “My Heart Will Go On?” Or how Three Six Mafia received an Oscar before Martin Scorcese? Ah, the Best Song category usually brings out the worst  in the Academy Awards but at least you can’t accuse it of being boring or predictable. Except for that Celine song which was an affront to the human race. Here are this year’s nominees:

“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice

A documentary about a photographer who uses time-lapse videos to prove to the world that ice caps and glaciers are melting. Because we still live in a world where that is up for debate. Kill me now.

“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted

True story: my husband and I spent the first day of our honeymoon jet lagged and walking around Sydney on the day that it had record heat temperatures. We gave up, headed to our hotel and watched Ted while gorging on chocolate and champagne. Good times.

“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi

It sounds like the kind of song you would make up while tripping on shrooms as you watch Life of Pi.

“Skyfall” from Skyfall

I insist that someone make a prequel featuring a young M kicking ass back in the day.

“Suddenly” from Les Misérables

It’s Hugh Jackman pulling a Beyoncé since the song isn’t part of the stage production but an original tune meant to showcase…something?

Which one do you like the best? Which one has a higher chance of being butchered at the ceremonies?