Posts Categorized: Personal

Things Are Quiet, Here’s Why

October was crazy. My family finally joined me in Texas, completing our relocation from Washington DC, and we bought a new home. This is the first home we’ve owned that doesn’t share walls with another structure (condos, row houses, etc). This means things like lawn mowing, trash lugging, and copious amounts of cleaning. Who knew?… Read more »

Staffer’s Book Review 3.0 — Feedback Wanted

With my recent career change and relocation, I was considering a full re-brand of Staffer’s Book Review. I had a new name picked out, a new domain bought, and I began to rebuild the site. When push came to shove, and the rebuild was almost complete, I decided to stick with the girl I brought… Read more »

Speculative Fiction 2012: Out now!

We have news(!) – Speculative Fiction 2012 is now available on Amazon. This collection contains over fifty of the year’s best online essays and reviews, from Tansy Rayner Roberts on Supergirl to Lavie Tidhar on China Miéville to Aishwarya Subramanian on My Little Pony to Joe Abercrombie on, er, himself. It is a diverse collection of some of last year’s best and… Read more »

2012: A Year in Review

Every year, stealing a page from Neth Space, I like to review the statistics behind my reading. I thought I’d share it with my readers. In 2012, I read: 100 books 37,290 pages (interesting that I read 10 fewer books a year ago, but 5,000 pages more!) 75 were published in 2012 11 were published… Read more »

SpecFic 2012: Cover Reveal and Details

Last year, I began a partnership with Jared Shurin, co-owner/editor of Pandemonium Fiction, to release an anthology titled Speculative Fiction 2012, The Years Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, with proceeds to be donated to charity. Our goal, if any such thing can be claimed, is to create a record of all the incredibly rich content being… Read more »

The 5 Most Influential Books in My Life

I’m not sure what prompted me to write this post, but it seems like an appropriate time to talk about the five books that most influenced me as a person and as a reader. Perhaps it’s because I’m going through a big transition now, both personally with my father-in-law’s declining health and professionally with my… Read more »

Comic Books Galore! (Visiting Mom and Dad)

I don’t read comics anymore, but I sure used to. For the last three weeks I’ve been on a work trip, which blissfully coincides with where I grew up. I’ve been staying with my folks in the same room I was raised in, albeit with a much different decor aesthetic (mom didn’t dig bikini clad… Read more »