What Have I Been Up To — #dubai2017 Wrap-Up I

My sister treated me to a week-long vacay and we crammed as much Dubai into it as we could. Dubai Miracle Garden is one of the places that we visited during this trip. I thought I’d share what went on:   Below, you will find an infographic that advises you to do three things before…

Wringo Ink. Short Story for the Genre Play: Poindexters & Pinkies

Scene 1 The scene opens in a laboratory, showing two bearded octogenarians in lab coats. One bespectacled scientist is tipping a conical flask full of frothy vomit green liquid into a beaker. The other one is sitting across from him and observing with one eye closed to make up for his misplaced glasses. None of them…

October 2017 — A Belated Wrap-Up!

    Things are starting to get just a bit darker and the stakes higher when it comes to Ms. Marvel’s life! She has to think whether she should be blindly following orders, even if they do come from someone she has looked up to all her life: She has to concede that she can’t…

Glowing Fish & Bucketfuls of Spider Silk in Goat Milk, Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes Showcases Some of the Wonders of the Biotechnological World While also Raising Some Important Questions!

The penultimate installment in Project Frankenstein was a joy to read. It was relatively short and full of stuff that I find interesting. I am dividing this review into three parts: 1. Here is a Snippet from the book: 2. Then there were these Sciency Bits that I enjoyed ruminating upon: Cloning other adult mammals…

My Friend Ordered a Can of Pepper Spray and It Made Me Mad.

Worried that her daughter braved dangers unseen, her mom asked her to order it online. While there isn’t a dearth of unspecified horrors that await us women the moment we leave our home — and within — her mom was probably thinking about the latest threat. A guy on a bike has been slashing at…

September 2017 — A Month with an Abysmal Reading Record

The previous month was all about graphic novels, comics, and anthologies. Here is what I read in September and what I thought about it:   Preacher, Vols. 4-9 It was irreverent as heck:   It was full of sexist characters who say things like: But oh, it was so good! I read this one as…

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd — A Story about Mothers, Sisters, and Slaves!

Fifteen years before Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was wholly influenced by American Slavery As It Is, a pamphlet written by Sarah, Angelina, and Angelina’s husband, Theodore Weld, and published in 1839, the Grimké sisters were out crusading not only for the immediate emancipation of slaves, but for racial equality, an idea that was radical even…