Forgive yourself

Forgive yourself

Yesterday I ordered a whole bunch of underwear and sports bras and athletic tights. And it made me feel disappointed in myself. You see, this spring I gave myself the goal that I would never buy clothes again unless it was a very special thing indeed. And I failed at...
Two weeks after the second vaccine

Two weeks after the second vaccine

Tomorrow marks two weeks since my second covid vaccine. My partner doesn’t get his until next week and then there’s two weeks to go until his reaches full potency, so I’m not even considering leaving isolation yet. But I figured that since there’s a lot of...
Getting started with fountain pens

Getting started with fountain pens

To begin with, I am by no means an expert on fountain pens. But I did just recently spend a lot of words helping a friend through getting started with them, so I figured other people might benefit as well. Why fountain pens? The first thing you might ask is why go...
Here to complain

Here to complain

Finland is in the middle of an unprecedented heatwave. Records have been broken. Multiple times. People seem to be falling into two camps about the situation. The “just enjoy it while it’s here”, “don’t complain about it” crowd. And...
Camp NaNoWriMo

Camp NaNoWriMo

Yes, my friends, that time is upon us again. It’s time for Camp NaNoWriMo. Technically, it’s already the second time this year, but in April, I was too deep into revisions and studying for my certification that there was just no way. I’ve set Path...
Me-made wardrobe in the first half of 2021

Me-made wardrobe in the first half of 2021

I’ve mentioned before that I want to have a me-made wardrobe. Last year I slowly got back to sewing after taking a break started by moving house, followed by Clarion and other writing endeavors. It was also the first year that my sewing room has been actually...
The myth of “not enough”

The myth of “not enough”

So I’m editing this novel that is basically more Finnish than anything I’ve ever written before. A few weeks ago I realized that was one of the reasons that I was having such a hard time editing this book; I was worried that it wasn’t Finnish enough....
Critique your way to success

Critique your way to success

If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you may remember that I went to Clarion 2017. One of the most common discussions I’ve had about it since then has been with people who regret that due to a lot of reasons, they will never be able to attend....
The Only Good Indians

The Only Good Indians

I had a whole other blog post planned and partially written for today, but I just finished The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones and I can’t not shout about it. This book got all up in my feels in all the best ways and I think everyone who does not hate...
Getting back into a rut

Getting back into a rut

Well, I passed my exam. The trouble with such mammoth efforts is that they push everything else very firmly out of the way. I was not sure that I would pass until after I got to the end screen that let me know the final result. I was sure I had done the most that I...