Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

A couple of weeks ago I was binging through Patricia Briggs’ Mercy series. In the short story collection Shifting Shadows there’s a story with Ben, one of the werewolves as the POV character. Now Ben is a DBA. I have some experience with both DBAs and some...
Connecting with heritage

Connecting with heritage

There’s this idea of heritage. All the things where you come from. All the bits and pieces that make up the people you come from. Some people use the very concept of heritage to justify all kinds of nasty things. Helsinki is a very small scale melting pot....

Me Made Wardrobe

I think I’ve mentioned before that one of my life-long goals is to have a wardrobe that actually fits me. Such a novel concept, I know. I have a long back, that is also a swayback, I’m plus size with apparently a fairly short pelvis. With all of this...
Life in the time of Corona

Life in the time of Corona

I’m sure you, dear reader, need another “this is my life during the Corona quarantine” like a fish needs a bicycle. Which is why this is not one of those. I’m also not here to make jokes about toilet paper. What I am here to talk about is just...
Getting organized

Getting organized

When 2019 started, I made a resolution to make our apartment more livable. I am, at heart, a messy person. I also have a slight hoarding tendency. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up was meant exactly for people like me. Years of never having enough left me with a...
Human Errors

Human Errors

I sometimes wind up in arguments with Creationists. I don’t go looking for them. But I am enough of a Besserwisser that when somebody’s wrong on the internet, I can’t always just walk past. What they often end up talking about is either irreducible...
Poverty leaves a mark

Poverty leaves a mark

As I write this, I have an undiagnosed upper respiratory infection and the cough that goes with it. Because of COVID-19 and *waves vaguely at the world* I’ve been isolating myself for just over a week now. We’ve had our lunches delivered, being careful to...

How to Dress after 40

There’s this notion that fashion is only for the young. A lot of the fashion advice, especially for older women and femme identifying people is about making yourself as unremarkable as possible. Wear neutral colors. Cardigans are your friends. And for goodness...
Trans authors you should know

Trans authors you should know

Back in 2015, when we were heading into Viable Paradise, one of my roommates, Kellan, and I were both querying novels. Mine turned out to need a rewrite, but Kellan’s book came out last Tuesday! The book is brilliant and doesn’t need any help from me, but...
Getting organized

Habit formation for fun and profit!

Hi, my name is Nina and I’m addicted to habit formation. Given that you are here, once again reading up on my bullshit, I’m going to go ahead and assume that you are similarly afflicted. This year, since I’m using the Passion Planner, I’m also using their...