16 Mar

Recipe: Cheddar and Chive Buttermilk Biscuits

Cheddar-Chive Biscuits, Touching

Once upon a time, I was looking for recipes to use up an excess of buttermilk, and I came across a recipe for drop biscuits full of cheese and chives. I don’t know what the writer of that recipe left out, but the bowl of mostly dry flour that resulted from following the recipe as written could not possibly have been scooped and dropped.

Read More

26 Feb

Reading Challenge: January/February 2018

I set my 2018 Goodreads Challenge for 24 books because failure traumatizes me and two books a month seemed achievable even in the worst of circumstances. I’m well ahead of schedule (as in, more than halfway done in two months), so barring a coma or equal/greater catastrophe, I’ve set myself up for at least one success this year. 🎉 🎇 ✨ 💪 💃 🐙 🎆 🎊 🌟

Links go to Amazon and are affiliate-coded. I buy all my books and have no involvement, professional or personal, with any party named below.

Read More

18 Feb

Reading Angst

As will be apparent in an upcoming post about what I’ve been reading, I’ve been having a hard time reading contemporary romance lately, with an 80% didn’t like/didn’t finish rate. These aren’t books I randomly selected—I read samples and negative reviews and didn’t see any red flags to keep me away from the buy button. When I spent my money, I believed I had made a good decision and purchased something there was a likelihood that I would enjoy. (I’m stressing this in the vain hope of making it clear I didn’t go in search of something to be pissy about, which is so often the accusation in response to “I didn’t like a thing that somebody else did.” Truly, I don’t have money to waste on recreational pissiness.)

Here, I will attempt to shed some light on the types of problems I’ve been having, which seem concentrated in contemporaries.

Read More

03 Jan

Intellectually Challenged to a Nonviable Degree

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled into a group of writers complaining about the internalized misogyny of reviewers. Many of the points were valid. A man can screw his way across a continent and still be lovable, but a woman who isn’t a virgin is a filthy whore. A man can be an asshole and still be lovable, but a woman who’s a little bit testy one time is an unlikable bitch. A man can be a multiple murderer and still be lovable, but a woman who steals a loaf of bread to feed her kid should burn in hell for her crimes. I’ve seen all of these. There is a double standard. No question.

But one of the things on the list of complaints was having a heroine labeled TSTL (Too Stupid To Live). I have a whole shelf on my personal Goodreads dedicated to TSTL. I don’t speak for anyone but myself, obviously, but I can tell you that when I use TSTL, it’s not a condemnation of a woman but a condemnation of the writing.

Read More

18 Dec

New Blog Notification Option

Since I no longer have social media to announce blog updates, I’ve installed an email notification option in the right sidebar (or at the bottom of the screen if you’re on mobile). Fill in your name and email address, and you’ll be sent an email with a confirmation link to ensure no one gets signed up against their will.

Once you’ve successfully confirmed you wish to receive this type of email from me, this is what you’ll get when I publish a post:

This is my 59th post since September 21, 2015, which averages about 2 posts per month. Many months, there’s been nothing. Some months (this one, for example), I’ve been really whiny and exceeded the average. If I know I’ll be invading inboxes, I’ll be more mindful of the frequency and type of content I post, but in the event you feel mistreated, there is an unsubscribe option at the bottom of every email.