How to Properly Caramelize Onions

Hello loyal readers. It is time for yet another of my (soon to be) famous random informational posts! Last time we learned the basics of how to shoot a bow and arrow. Today we will be discussing something even cooler. How to properly caramelize onions. Now, just for the record, I can’t stand onions. They…

The Best Book for Artist Life-Drawing Templates

Anatomia Artistica is one of the best book series I’ve found for life drawing references. With thousands of drawings of every portion of human musculature and skeletal structure, this series is an excellent reference for all artists, whether your style is based in realism or caricature. This book series is “technically” in Spanish. I say…

A Little Light Reading…About Murder…

I picked up quite the lovely little book at the used book store the other day… The complete history of poisonings, but accidental and…otherwise. Fun Facts Gleaned From This Treasure: Did you know the term “Mad Hatters” came from the insanity brought on to these tradesmen through the mercury they used to soften hat leather?…

Guest Post: Get the Hell Outside Already – L.B. Schulman

Under the guise of comfort, or habit, or laziness, I default to staying indoors. I wonder if there’s more to it, now that I am putting my personality under the microscope. To be honest, it feels safe to stay inside. No way that I’m going to get hit by bus from my couch. There’s always…

The Collector’s Society Review

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret…

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (As Perfected by Quarantine.)

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (As perfected by quarantine.) Ingredients: 1 cup unsalted butter 3 cups All-Purpose flour 1 cup light brown sugar (not dark brown) 1 cup white sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp almond extract (1/2 tsp if you’re sensitive to the taste of marzipan) 2 eggs ½ tsp baking powder…

Three Mages and a Margarita Review

Three Mages and a Margarita is a book about a redhead with a temper problem (in Canada of all places, ha!). She is employed as a bartender to pay rent, which works right up until a customer says something stupid (every week or so). Finally, she applies to work at a bar in the seedy…

The “Book Nerd Rainy Day” Cocktail

Book Nerd Rainy Day Cocktail (Aka, The Earl Grey Masterpiece) Ingredients . 2 oz gin . 3/4 oz lemon juice . 1/2 to 3/4 oz earl grey simple syrup depending on desired sweetness (see recipe for instructions on how to make this) . (Optional) 1/2 of an egg white Simple Syrup Steep earl grey tea…

The Wolf in the Whale Review

In 1000 AD, a young Inuit shaman and a Viking warrior become unwilling allies as war breaks out between their peoples and their gods-one that will determine the fate of them all. “There is a very old story, rarely told, of a wolf that runs into the ocean and becomes a whale.” Born with the…

The Very Basics of Archery (How Not To Suck, pt. 1)

Today’s blog post will be on something completely not related to books, because it’s my blog and I can do whatever the hell I want. Namely ARCHERY!!!! Today’s informative post will be on how to shoot a bow like a badass, i.e. how not to do the stupid things you see actors doing in the…

Aurora Burning Review

First, the bad news: an ancient evil–you know, your standard consume-all-life-in-the-galaxy deal–is about to be unleashed. The good news? Squad 312 is standing by to save the day. They’ve just got to take care of a few small distractions first. Like the clan of gremps who’d like to rearrange their favorite faces. And the cadre…

Aurora Rising Review – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff

The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the academy would touch . . . A cocky diplomat with…

Why Did it Take so Long to Get Coronavirus Tests?

So… we have a pandemic. This sucks, but, fortunately, with proper mitigation techniques such as quarantine and proper disease modeling we can hopefully slow the spread and, therefore, save lives of people who would be shit out of luck when the hospitals get overrun. An integral part of implementing these techniques is being able to…

The Plague: And How to Eat Like a Post-Apocalyptic Survivor.

Wow, 2020 did NOT turn out the way anyone expected. However, I believe we, as a people, are up to the challenge, and can handle this in a responsible… *giggle*… a responsible and mature …*snort*… manner, where we all maintain social distancing at supermarkets and only take our share…*CACKLE*…*giggle*…*SNORT*…and…*FALLS TO THE FLOOR IN A HYSTERICAL…

Revolution Review

Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And her father has determined that accompanying him to Paris for winter break is the solution…

Indie Author Interview Series: Joy Lynn Goddard

Joy Lynn Goddard is one of Canada’s top novelists in the young adult genre. Drawing from her experiences as a teacher, she has written a picture book, a middle-grade novel and five coming-of-age novels, beginning with the award-winning Daredevils. Inspiring readers, her characters face issues that are relevant today—cyber-bullying, peer pressure, blended families, mental illness and…

Indie Author Interview Series: Peter Martuneac

I’m Peter Martuneac (that’s a Romanian name, in case you’re wondering). I’m a husband, father, Boilermaker, Marine, and now a writer! “His Name Was Zach” was my debut novel earlier this year, over the summer I wrote a short story prequel called “Abby: Alone”, and my work-in-progress is a sequel called “Her Name Was Abby”,…