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post mini-tour, caffeinated yet sleepy

I am back in Boston after a whirlwind tour last week. The theme of the winter tour seemed to be “chocolate.” I got chocolate in Nashville, too, look how pretty the labels are: Also in Nashville I got to see the marionette storage room at the Nashville Public Library, which was both delightful and sort […]

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flax-golden tales: waiting for the light

waiting for the light I moved my chair so I can see the lamppost through the window. I know I would probably be able to see the light from anywhere in the room if the lamp were lit, but I like having a direct view. It makes me feel more secure, somehow, to be able […]

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quick mid-tour update

Hello! I am in Nashville! It is rainy here but otherwise lovely and I am very much looking forward to my event at the library tonight especially since it is called a Salon and that just sounds fancy. My events in Cincinnati (technically near Cincinnati) and Lexington, Kentucky were both fantastic, thanks so much to […]

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dragons & awards

Happy Chinese New Year! Goodbye, Year of the Bunny, you were wondrous and strange. Hello, Year of the Dragon! I hope you toast marshmallows. In a good way. I like to think of the beginning of the calendar year as practice and Chinese New Year as the actual new start. Appropriately, I feel much better […]

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flax-golden tales: advanced security

advanced security There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of magical cabinets kept within the vault. Since locks and spells can be broken, those who require more than the standard security measures are forced to be creative. One of the most legendary cabinets is guarded by a passel of enchanted pigs. Three of these pigs sing loudly […]

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housecleaning

I have a small windowless office. Over the last few months it became more of a place to put things I didn’t want to deal with than a proper space to work in, so yesterday I made a lot of coffee and locked myself inside not quite with the goal of organizing, really, but in […]

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cephalopods & hats

Hello internet, I was avoiding you all week, please don’t take it personally and if anything exciting happened in my absence please let me know. Exciting thing I already heard about despite not being on the internet (much): The Night Circus was nominated for a Kitschie award which is delightful regardless but made even more […]

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flax-golden tales: luck

luck I don’t believe in luck anymore. Bad or good. I used to believe in pennies and four-leaf clovers and horseshoes and rabbit feet, spilt salt and broken mirrors and Friday the 13ths. I even kept a jar of Luck on a shelf to save for a day when I needed it most, though in […]

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not really here.

I’m still on hiatus! Really! But I’m doing some blog housecleaning and I had things to share so you get a mini-post. Figures I post more than normal when I’m on hiatus. Firstly, Kyle Cassidy is a splendid photographer and once upon a time he caused me to buy a fountain pen that was used […]

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half-birthday brownies & pseudo-hiatus

Today is my half birthday. I am 33 and a half. I usually say I should have half a cake, which we would sometimes have when I was growing up as my sister and I have nearly exactly six month apart birthdays (her proper, not-half birthday is on Tuesday) and that way there was less […]

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