December Rundown

A Text Message from My Sister, Secret Codename: CordeliaI’ve decided we should make gingerbread people with the girls while ur here. We’ll put down a tarp. An Email from My Sister, Secret Codename: Apocalyptica the FlimflammerFor Christmas I am making Mom and Dad a present that involves seashells. Yesterday I went for a very long… Read more »

Pieces of Memory. Plus, the World’s Longest Version of “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”

It’s moving season here in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Today I watched neighbors lower furniture through the window of a third story apartment using a rope and pulley. This reminded me of seeing all the pulley hooks at the top of houses in Amsterdam when I was on tour last spring. Apparently, Amsterdam stairways are narrow! Of… Read more »

The Cuteness, It Burns

What used to be birthday week around these parts is now birthday month… because as I approach my 34th birthday, guess who — and who else — is (are?) about to turn one whole year old? That’s secret codename: Phoenix on the left and secret codename: Isis on the right, in a photo taken way… Read more »

Randutiae, Get Your Randutiae Here

Cover of Fire, U.K. large print edition, published by Clipper Large Print —> So. Randomness today. Read what interests you, skip what doesn’t. Book Boyfriend Names. I got a kick out of Marie Rutkoski‘s short post about literary boyfriends and their names. Do you even have to read the L’Engle books to know that Adam… Read more »

A FAQ; A Holiday Question; Stuff; In Addition to Which: Things

The extremely silly gentleman to the right (click to make him bigger. Really. You want to see him bigger) is my friend and fellow writer Will Ludwigsen, who was flabbergasted to find Graceling in the dumps at his local Barnes & Noble. Check out his strange, sad, and lovely story “Remembrance is Something Like a… Read more »