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I started blogging in 2006. I wrote about my life, about politics, about the news, about dating adventures… Eventually, I started reviewing books… and then movies… and then TV shows… Then I started a blog all about my pregnancy. Then one all about being a writer.

Sadly, I was a dumbass and I randomly used photos and images from google that I totally did not have the legal right to use. So all those old blogs… hundreds and hundreds of old blogs, are all gone. (This “oh shit” purge happened in 2022 for anyone curious.)

Yep. gone. At least for now. There is a chance I might go through them and republish them without the images etc because some of them were -if I say so myself- quite funny. But that seems like a lot of work and, honestly, an exercise in narcissism… so maybe not. Time will tell.

Starting in 2021, I dusted off my “book review” skills and decided to give blogging/reviewing another go. I wrote a LOT of book reviews. By the end of the year, I was burnt out, my eyes went into revolt and quit working, and oh yeah, the “oh shit” moment happened. 

So those reviews?… all came down in 2022 as part of the “oh shit I was a dumbass” purge.

However! Things have changed yet again. I am writing again, I am reading again, and I am reviewing again. And thanks to Fair Use, I can still publish my book reviews. So that is what I am going to do.

  1. Republish all my 2021 book reviews.
  2. Write the occasional book review
  3. Do a monthly LGBTQIA book review as part of the ItsAQueerThang radio show I am lucky enough to be a part of.
  4. Talk about books on my TikTok
  5. Hope my eyes hold out for another few years.

Onward! 

Book Review: The Chosen And The Beautiful

If the description of “beautifully written queer retelling of a classic but feminist and from a reimagined and now nonwhite side character” piques your interest, I think you will definitely enjoy this book.

Book Review: Rainbow, Rainbow

Short story collections tend to be a mix of protagonists and situations that sometimes center around a theme. Such is the case of Rainbow, Rainbow by Lydia Conklin.  Her theme is broad “the lesser-known stories of the LGBTQIA experience” and she does a masterful job of telling these stories with gut-wrenching prose.

It’sAQueerThang – August 2022

Our guests were Joe Prado of the Fresno County Health Department, Krysten Cherkaski of the GSA Network (Here is the Devising Freedom direct link), Dr. Katherine Fobear of the Qistory project and Paul Hernandez and Jessica Graves from the Drag Brunch at the Fresno Breakfast House.

Book Review: Lessons In Chemistry

Book Of The Month recommended it to me with the tagline “This novel has the perfect molecular structure: a charming protagonist, humor, a lovable dog, and feminist bonafides.” And… yes. 1000% yes. 

It’sAQueerThang – July 2022

Our guests were Socorro Santillan (Planned Parenthood), Patricia Brown (local family attorney), and Lynda Wilkinson and Tiana Perez (Fresbians and SheBar). We also feature Pride Night at the Zoo interviews with Haley White (Fool’s Collaborative), Deacon Nancy Key, and Zack Powerhouse.

Book Review: We Were Liars

For the beach, for a plane, for something to read while sitting in the hammock sipping a diet coke… yes. This book isn’t going to change your life or be on any best-of lists. But it does exactly what a short summer read should do: tell a simple engaging story quickly and with very little fuss or muss

Book Review: It’s Not All Downhill From Here

An easy light read tailor-made for the beach with the obvious happy ending, but it took too long to get to the resolutions, relied too much on clunky dialogue, and did more telling than showing. Still, enjoyable for what it is: an easy light read tailor-made for the beach.

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