Review: The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker

Linnea Hartsuyker's Golden Wolf trilogy has been on my to-read list for a while for its realistic representation of Scandanavia during the 9th century. Historical Fiction with Vikings--yes, please, but it's surprisingly hard to find serious stories about Vikings rather than harlequin-esque romance novels about stereotypes (no offense if those are your vice.) The Half-Drowned… Continue reading Review: The Half-Drowned King by Linnea Hartsuyker


Review: The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by Denise Heinze

The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by Denise Heinze is a short (hey, the title doesn't lie) and vibrant read about two women surviving in the starving Jamestown colony in 1609. Temperance Flowerdew and her maid, Lily, set out with the Virginia Company fleet to sail across the ocean for a second chance… Continue reading Review: The Brief and True Report of Temperance Flowerdew by Denise Heinze


One Story, Many Stories

I worked with a close friend of mine to produce a short documentary about her #MeToo story. While I didn't have the best equipment or resources to make this, it was still very important to us to get her story out there. This documentary discusses the intersection of sexual assault, domestic abuse, opioid addiction, PTSD, and… Continue reading One Story, Many Stories


Ridley Creek State Park: 18th Century Charm

Ridley Creek State Park is only 15 minutes from my apartment, and holds within it the Colonial Plantation featured in a previous post. With miles of trails to hike, Ridley Creek has many still-occupied 18th century farmhouses (oh how I want one,) as well as ruins of ones that did not survive the ages. The ruins… Continue reading Ridley Creek State Park: 18th Century Charm


Room & 10 Cloverfield Lane: Women in Peril

WARNING: If you haven't seen Room or 10 Cloverfield Lane yet, this post contains spoilers! We've all seen the classic "woman in peril" trope - a woman hunted, beaten, raped, terrorized, and/or in captivity. At first glance, a viewer may easily place both Room and 10 Cloverfield Lane into this box, but these films are… Continue reading Room & 10 Cloverfield Lane: Women in Peril


First Draft Completed!

A little over a year ago I started writing a book about a young woman's journey through the American Revolution. Today, many characters and adventures later, I finished the first draft. Now on to re-writing the beginning and the laborious process of editing. But at least now I can breathe a sigh of relief knowing… Continue reading First Draft Completed!


Impossible Instructions: a collaborative gallery show // January 2015

You may see a familiar name here…

Gigantic Sequins


We’re pairing writers & sculptors again, this time for a January 2015 gallery show at Philadelphia Sculpture Gym called IMPOSSIBLE INSTRUCTIONS. 

For this show, writers will write a piece in any genre (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, hybrid) that will serve also as a serious of instructions for the artist to follow. Following these, the artist will create a work of sculpture. The final written pieces will be collected into a very limited edition chapbook.

The writer/artist paris featured in the show are as follows:

Zoe Meager & Emily Schnellbacher

Michelle Messina Reale & Carole Loeffler

Brooke Randel & Caitlin Peck

Rachel Milligan & Dylan Pecora

Nichole Louise Beard & Amy Boone McCreesh

Deborah Bernhardt Rebecca Strzelec

The show opens Friday, January 9th and runs through the end of the month at the PSG Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 6-9pm on its opening day, January 9th, 2015 with a…

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