Tag: authors

  • January/February Book Subscription Boxes – Kids & Middle Grade

    Lately I’ve been trying random book subscription boxes just to try to figure out which one I want to get on a regular basis. For January/February, I tried the following two boxes: This first box was the January Book Drop subscription. I picked the middle grade option, although I was torn between that and the […]

  • Poetry: A Bit of Lewis Carroll Nonsense

    A Bit of Lewis Carroll Nonsense By: Maranda Russell The serious ones and the bonkers ones are rare birds telling tales of biscuits and chewed pencils served with curry and elegance – a feast which you can chew on for ten whole years.

  • YA Book Review: “Without Tess” by Marcella Pixley

    “Without Tess”, written by Marcella Pixley, is one of the best YA novels I have read in a while. I rarely give books five stars when rating them, but this one I did. The story revolves around the main character (Lizzie), and her dead sister (Tess). Lizzie is the younger sister by a couple years […]

  • Poetry: Sleeping Poetic Genius

    Sleeping Poetic Genius By: Maranda Russell I wrote a poem in my sleep last night. The words, colors, and images now blur in my mind. I try to pin them down, only to have them wiggle away like a puppy desperate to escape a confining embrace. The poem was grand, of this I am sure. […]

  • I am an Emotional Writer

    I am an emotional writer. I write from whatever my current point of view and mood dictates. Often my writing may be entirely contradictory or may not even represent my general consensus on a given subject, but is instead a snapshot of a moment in time. Reading through my journal entries and blog posts may […]

  • A Female Aspie’s Thoughts On Jordan Peterson

    Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of interviews and lectures with controversial thinker and psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson. This Canadian bloke is a rather interesting mix if you really listen to his thoughts and beliefs. Many on the left, especially those on the social justice warrior side seem to hate his guts and believe […]

  • May 2018 My First Reading Club Subscription Box Review!

    This month I did the May 2018 My First Reading Club unboxing and review on my YouTube channel (Maranda’s Toys & Books), so I figured I would post the video here in case anyone wanted to see which children’s books I got this month for only $9.99 plus S&H! This box is always SUCH a […]

  • PO Box Opening Fun! Cute Sloths, Favorite Anime Series, and New Books!

    I recently received a wonderful assortment of goodies from a friend and blog reader named Brian via my PO Box! Most of the time when I receive mail via my PO Box it is either books or products that companies or authors would like me to consider reviewing, but once in a while I do […]

  • Goodbye Freelance Writing Career

    Goodbye Freelance Writing Career

    I’m at the point I think I’m going to have to make peace with the fact that my freelance writing career is over in many ways. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still plan to blog and do this kind of personal writing when able, but over the past years I also supplemented our income […]

  • Belief in Hell Dies Hard

    Belief in Hell Dies Hard

    Recently I read an excellent poetry book entitled “Shit House Rat“, written by Daniel Crocker (a fellow bipolar writer). The poetry in this collection is brutally honest, gritty, and humorous, and even engages some of our favorite characters from Sesame Street in a way that is unique and really outlines the harsh reality of adult […]