• Reading,  Thoughts

    Thought For the Day…

    Replace the word “racism” with the word “culturism” (it doesn’t exist, by the way, but should). Would that change anything? What would it change if so? Would it make a difference in how society sees diversity? Think about it like this: if you couldn’t argue that “it’s in their blood” because culturism would say that biologically all humans are similar (excluding obvious differences in gender and skin color) what would be the point in discriminating against it? If discrimination were based on the differences in one society’s beliefs and practices how could you argue that one culture is superior to the other if there was no proof other than opinions?…

  • Blog,  books,  Reading,  Thoughts

    Thoughts While Reading Last Night

    Last week a friend of mine downloaded the Goodreads app to her cell phone and joined up with many others on a 2017 book reading challenge. You set a goal of a certain amount of books to read within the year and then off you go to meet that limit. I have never joined that since I generally go through phases where I’ll be in one mode or another. For example, I’m currently in knitting mode which means that’s pretty much what I’ll be doing until I’ve had enough. Then I’ll begin something else that catches my fancy, like reading. I’ll binge read until I can’t read anymore and then…

  • Poetry

    What Is Written Beneath the Skin

    The Bone Writers By Jesi Scott   All you see is what you think I am, No more than that. And you think I donโ€™t understand So you talk of things in front of me   Never knowing I hear what you say And understand what you donโ€™t, The invisible mask you think you wear Reflected only too clearly   To those who see you as you really are. We live through each other, A ripple effect with pebbles Thrown from ghosts in the shadows,   Lives entwined into a miasma, Tangled ribbons, Where I begin and you end, My face on your mask,   Both of us on display…

  • books,  Poetry

    Lies That Change Your Life

    One of my favorite books is Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts. I even love the movie and think that it is one where both book and film are equally well done. If you haven’t read it, I highly suggest it. It’s a love story, sort of. It’s about this young pregnant girl who finds herself alone in a small town and ends up giving birth in a Wal-mart. The book follows Novalee Nation (love the names in this book) and her daughter, Americus, as they find friendship, experience heart break, and find love in the end.   I gave the book to my friend, Denise, because the personality…

  • books,  Writing

    A Shakespeare Inspired Play The Bard Himself Would Crack A Grin At

    I don’t normally do book reviews. Firstly, I feel intimidated by the thought of trying to think of something smart to say. Secondly, did I miss something in the book that people are going to call me out on that’s going to make me feel terribly stupid? Thirdly, I am not a critic and can only give you my opinion about the book. With all of that in mind, when I like a book enough to talk about it, especially to blog about it, then I REALLY like it. I like it so much that I am super excited about it and think everyone else should read it as well.…

  • Uncategorized

    Behind the Scenes @ Chez Lunatic

    The last few weeks have been crazy. So much so that I’ve been struggling to get posts up every day and today is no exception. I thought that today I’d give you a sort of peek behind the curtain at what I’ve been working on behind the blog scene. No, there’s no wizard with a bag of goodies-not yet anyway. What I should have been doing is writing, and I have been doing some writing. Just not every day, although I am managing to get something done once a week. What has kept me from doing so is a long list of household objectives that HAVE to be done now.…

  • books,  Reading,  Writing

    A Bit of a Rant

    I’m on a bit of a tear today. I received an email this morning about a children’s book summit that is going to take place in New York. It is being hosted by Nielsen Entertainment, the same Nielsen as the Nielsen ratings. The email reads “How do kids discover and engage with books in our connected world?” and ” How do media and entertainment impact and intersect with the children’s book market?” “Real data. Real Insights. Real Business.” The summit is for one day and you can read more about it here: Children’s Book Summit. What I quoted is straight from the email. Today’s world is completely different from what…

  • Writing

    Got Tips?

    Hello, my lovely Lunatics! Today I am going to talk about writing tips. I received a comment this week asking for tips and help so I thought I’d write a post about that. I am going to begin by making sure you understand that I am not a published writer yet. I am just beginning myself, but publishing my poetry and writing has been my dream since I was 18 yrs old. I wish I had stuck with it, and found some way to stay in college. However, life had other plans for me, yet here I am pursuing my dream after all. So, my first tip would be, no…

  • Random,  Thoughts,  Writing

    Are you hanging in there?

    Hey, y’all! Hope you guys and gals are all hanging in there with me. I’m still working on the site but I think I have it mostly the way I want it. Of course, being female, and from Texas, I could change my mind next week and decide I can’t stand any of it. But never fear, I’m setting up a development site to play around with as well so I won’t have to mess around with the actual site, until I’m happy with things. As it is, I hope you like what I’ve done. I’ve tried to make it a little more accessible, and easier to move around in.…

  • books,  Movies,  Random,  Thoughts

    Look! It’s a book…in a tree!

    Yes, I am ย trying to distract you all. I have nothing to write today. All has been quiet on the western front the past couple of days. The most fun thing I’ve done is go to the library, which for me is quite a lot of fun actually. I get lost in libraries, and bookstores. Well, not really lost but I do lose track of time. My mom used to say you could put me in a room with a book and come back hours later and still find me there. It was pretty accurate. I used to get in trouble for reading so much, too, because I’d read and…