I am not a science person. Humanities, writing, the arts–that’s me, through and through. Start talking formulas and numbers and medical compounds, and I’ll last a few polite minutes before I completely mentally check out.
But when someone finds a way to make science fun–to apply it to things we know well, in a way that is amusing and informative at the same time–then I just might stick around a bit longer.
The folks over at livescience.com have done a pretty good job of that. By putting some of our most beloved fairy tales under a microscope, they’ve come up with some pretty interesting ideas about what that apple really did to Snow White, how a prince could have actually turned into a beast, and why the Magic Mirror is truly more fact then fiction. (As for the latter, if you’ve started reading Desperately Ever After yet, you’ve already begun to suspect this.)
Click here to read the full article.
Are you feeling blue today?
With spring months away and no more holiday lights to distract us, mid-January can seem … well … bleak. For many, this is the heyday of seasonal affective disorder–that quarterly depression that my mother thinks is hooey and that I combat with a sunlight desk lamp.
I’m not going to contribute to the myriad articles out there suggesting you:
• invest in light therapy (mine was a gift),
• pester your doctor for Zoloft (pills ain’t the answer, man),
• sprint around the block every time you want a cookie (though I’ve done it; it sorta works),
• or nix the coffee (it suppresses serotonin, which is bad; but it also makes me less like the Incredible Hulk in the morning, which is good).
However, as a writer who can attest to the therapeutic benefits of the pen (or keyboard, or iPad, or whatever), I WILL suggest that you follow Vintage Book’s lead and seek solace between the pages of a book. And I do not mean the sort of book you find in the dreaded self-help aisle. What I mean is more along the lines of … wait for it … SHelf Help 😉 Continue reading
I hope you all have a wonderful, restful holiday filled with love, laughter, and good food 🙂
And seriously, do you see the similarities? Desperately Ever After was bound to happen sooner or later. Check back soon for my BIG COVER REVEAL!
I used to be a huge Broadway buff.
Whenever I saw a show (with the exception of a rare few that just didn’t do it for me), I left with a massive smile plastered across my face and palms sore from clapping so hard. In high school, I acted in musicals. In addition to my regular friends, I had a circle of “drama friends” with whom I can recall singing passionately along to “Rent” for no other reason than someone had a CD player and the soundtrack and we had nothing better to do.
As I grew up and had to start paying for tickets on my own, however, my love for musicals suffered. Who in their right mind can afford to pay $190 per ticket just to go see a Wednesday matinee with friends? Were tickets always this expensive? Are deals harder to find than they used to be?
Alas, these are questions I cannot answer. But while I ponder them, and consider whether $82.50 (including fees) is discount enough to fund the reproduction of my beloved childhood obsession, “Newsies,” I wanted to spread the word. Continue reading