Category Archives: Appreciation

Things That Make Me Smile No.154: Happy New Year and a Gift to Treasure

I hope everyone had a good holiday season filled with moments to treasure with family and friends, whether in person, online, or even in game. Whatever you celebrate, there’s something magical about the cold winter months that brings people together … Continue reading

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My WorldCon 2018 Hugo Awards Experience

I didn’t get the chance to talk about my Hugo experience, but I’m not much for being surrounded by big crowds, and big noisy crowds are even worse. I’ve always assumed the Hugo Awards fell into that category, and I … Continue reading

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Hugo Voting Reminder and Story Recommendations

This is a reminder for all supporting or full members of WorldCon 2018 that voting for the Hugos, Retro Hugos, and The John W. Campbell Award ends at midnight tonight. I tried my best to read as much as I … Continue reading

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Things That Make Me Smile No.144: Read-Aloud Picture Books and More BayCon Authors

If you’ve ever read a book to a child, you’ve probably learned their delight when you give the characters voices or use a narrative voice different from your own. Sometimes that is hard work, and sometimes it flows naturally from … Continue reading

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Pondering Patriotism on the Fourth of July: Perspective of a Diplomat’s Daughter

I grew up a little differently than most Americans. I remember watching the Marines fold the consulate flag when dark fell. The flag was huge, though I think the embassy flags are larger, and it took a lot of them … Continue reading

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