11377583_1651351481766218_2099544767_nWelcome to my Lifestyle Blog.

noun · life·style blog · \ˈlīf-ˈstī(-ə)l blȯg\ – A website where self-indulgent and self-proclaimed writers wax poetic about random crap without theme, rhyme or reason (sometimes rhyme). This one is full of books, writing angst, New Age fodder, terrible parenting advice, cheap wine, and roller skates. Because that’s my lifestyle. Call me Mel. More on that here →

From → Book Reviews

Review: The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn

Twice a year there’s a spectacular Friends of the Library Book Sale1 in Ithaca. It takes up an entire warehouse and it’s the sort of event that people have been crazy enough to camp out for all night—just to be first … Read more

Review: So I Married a Highlander by Kate McKinley

What do you do on a Monday night when your kids aren’t home and you should be writing but you’ll do almost anything to avoid actually writing because it’s the most horrible painful thing you’ve ever had an obsessive compulsion … Read more

Review: Harlot by Victoria Dahl

Let me just talk about this for a minute: this is the first review I’m posting to my blog—and despite reviewing anonymously on amazon.com for many years, I’m finding that writing here is actually nerve-wracking. For a few reasons—I’m testing … Read more

From → Writing

I was afraid I couldn’t be myself

Listen to me read this post: Gentle reader, I have been working on curating this website for the past several months. The reasons I took it up again— I felt confident I could create a delightful space that I’d be … Read more

Fast time: On Medium

On April 2, 2006, the State of Indiana adopted Daylight Saving Time — or fast time as they called it in the diner I was working in at the time. The world had not come to an end, as the Anti-Savers had … Read more

Each morning is the hardest morning to write

Last week I decided I would wake up at 5 a.m. each morning for the entire month of November — to write. But I didn’t wait around to get started. I don’t believe in waiting. So dutifully and discompassionately, my cell … Read more

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