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Monday Morning Quote Love – The Dreamers

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My Totally Epic Book Haul – Part 2 of 3

Missed the first part of my epic book haul? Catch up here.

All right, kiddies, it’s time for the second part of my EPIC BOOK HAUL!

Please, contain your excitement. The books can’t handle it.

In no particular order, here’s another bunch of books I’ve accumulated since the start of the year.

The Writer’s Guide to WeaponsBenjamin Sobieck

epic book haul writers guide to weapons

This is a must-have for writers and editors (in my humble opinion). I mean, look at the kind of information it gives you:

epic book haul writers guide to weapons illustration

epic book haul writers guide to weapons examples

Wimmen’s Comix No. 1

wimmen's comik

I’m a feminist, and this comic book made me laugh my ass off. Here’s a sample:

wimmens comik inside

Pure genius, especially for when it was released (1972).

Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe, Yumi Sakugawa

your illustrated guide to becoming one with the universe

And of course I’m here to give you a sampling of the illustrations:

your illustrated guide to becoming one with the universe illustration

The Subversive Copy EditorCarol Fisher Saller

the subversive copy editor

An invaluable resource for editors such as myself.

Daughters of Hecate, Kimberly B. Stratton and Dayna S. Kalleres

daughters of hecate

I purchased this one for research for one of the books I have brewing in the back of my mind.

Eastern Body, Western MindAnodea Judith

eastern body western mind

I’m something of a crunchy hippie, so this book appealed to me. I mean, duh.

Stardust, Neil Gaiman


I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan, and this is one I’ve never read. So when my buddy over at Collectible Science Fiction asked me if I wanted him to add it to my pile (yes, that’s how bad my book hoarding is), I answered with a resounding “YES!”

The One Year ManualDr. Israel Regardie

the one year manual

Who doesn’t want spiritual enlightenment in a year?

Learning from Dogs, Paul Handover

learning from dogs

I came across this book shortly after one of my dogs passed away in November. It automatically went on my to-buy/to-read list, and while I haven’t been able to bring myself to read it yet, I know I’ll love it.

All Our Wrongs Today, Elan Mastai

all our wrong todays

Dreamsnake, Vonda N. McIntyre


Essays of E.B. White

essays of eb white

E.B. White is a treasure trove of good advice and nuggets of wisdom. Can’t wait to jump into this well-worn copy.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams

the ultimate hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

I’ve never read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (I know, I know–so bad). Now I have all five novels in one! Boo-yah!

That’s it, folks! Only one more part of the epic book haul left…

The above books were purchased via,, eBay, and Collectible Science Fiction.

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

Awesome Jewelry, Period. – My Next Endeavor

Okay, so this is a little off-topic, but I run this blog, so I can post about whatever the hell I want. So there.

And I have some exciting (at least, to me) news!

ive opened an etsy store graphic

Yes, that’s right. I’ve joined the droves of Etsy sellers and now have my own virtual storefront, which can be found here. The name of it?

Awesome Jewelry, Period.

At the moment, I specialize in bracelets, but that may change in the future. Here are a few of my favorites that are up for grabs, all at $19.99 each (with free shipping!):

The cool thing about these bracelets (other than their pleasing aesthetic properties, of course) is that lava rock is incredibly absorbent, making it ideal for aromatherapy use. So throw on one of these stretchy bracelets, and add your favorite essential oil to the lava stone for added benefit.

I hope you take a moment to browse the store (I have goodies for both men and women), and I hope you find something you love!

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Epic Book Haul: Part One of Three

Yes, you read that right–this is only part one of three! I haven’t done a book haul post in four months, and as you can imagine (if you know how addicted to books I am), I’ve had quite a few books arrive in boxes over that time. Hence, the need for a multiple-part book haul. And the reason this one is so freaking

Epic Book Haul

Without further ado, let’s get started. The books are listed and grouped in no particular order, so enjoy the randomness.

V.Thomas Pynchon

Book Haul Thomas Pynchon V.

Book Haul Thomas Pynchon V.

You had me at “wild,” “macabre,” and “the unknown woman of the title.”

The Game-Players of Titan, Philip K. Dick

Book Haul The Game-Players of Titan Philip K. Dick

First, look at that cover! I love it. Second, it’s PKD. So of course I bought it.

Book Haul The Game-Players of Titan Philip K Dick

And remember when books could be purchased by mailing in one of these handy-dandy forms? Ah, the good old days.

Heathenish, Kelby Losack

Book Haul Heathenish Kelby Losack

I got this baby for a whopping $4.50 on Amazon. It was some kind of freak pricing mistake. I like the publishing company and was intrigued by both the cover and the blurb on the back:

Book Haul Heathenish Kelby Losack

…even though there are grammatical mistakes.

The Zen of Horror, T.N. Kaylor

T.N. Kaylor and I have been Facebook friends for quite some time now, but I’m only now getting one of her books (I know–I’m so slack!). And what a perfect book to get.

Book Haul The Zen of Horror T.N. Kaylor

To give you a taste, here’s the entry for today, May 31:

Book Haul The Zen of Horror T.N. Kaylor

SapiensYuval Noah Harari

Book Haul Sapiens Yuval Noah Harari

I’ve been wanting to read this one for a while, and I finally got it! Now just need to read the damn thing.

The OutsidersS.E. Hinton

Book Haul The Outsiders S.E. Hinton

Can you believe I’ve never read this book? Love the movie, so I’m sure I’ll be head over heels for the book (even though the cover is awful).

Adulthood RitesOctavia E. Butler

Book Haul Adulthood Rites Octavia E. Butler

Book Haul Adulthood Rites Octavia E. Butler

As you might have guessed, I’m a fan of Octavia Butler. She is flippin’ awesome.

Anatomy of an EpidemicRobert Whitaker

Book Haul Anatomy of an Epidemic Robert Whitaker

As someone who struggles with mental illness, I think it’s vital that I’m educated regarding the topic. I’ve heard only amazing things about this book, so I’m looking forward to cracking it open.

White Hot Truth, Danielle LaPorte

Book Haul White Hot Truth Danielle LaPorte

Danielle LaPorte is, as my friend who recommended this book calls her, “one badass chick.” I’m currently making my way through her book The Desire Map, and I know I’ll get a lot out of this one, too.

Don’t believe me? I just flipped open to a page, and here’s what it said:

Book Haul White Hot Truth Danielle LaPorte Page

Believe me now?

So that’s it for this part of the epic book haul.

The above books were purchased via,, and Collectible Science Fiction, which is becoming something of an obsession of mine. Seriously–if you haven’t visited CSF, if you’re into sci-fi and fantasy and the likes of Neil Gaiman and Octavia Butler, check his goods out. You won’t be disappointed.

What books have you acquired over the past few months? Share any and all recommendations below!

*Heads up: if you click on the links to purchase any of the mentioned books from Amazon, know that I’m an affiliate. Your purchase will help me keep this blog going (i.e., I’ll earn money to buy books that I will then write about).*

So I Took a Vacation from You Nutcases…
May 22, 2017, 11:51 am
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…and I missed you terribly. Well, not terribly, because I was on vacation, but I did miss you. I’m glad to be back into the swing of things.

I’m sure you’re all sitting on the edges of your computer chairs wondering: where did Katrina go? What did she do? Did she run into anyone famous?

This vacation’s destination was the fun and sunny:

Retro Florida Postcard

Courtesy of

St. Augustine, to be exact.

I’d never been, and getting a beach house with a pool (hello, double water and sun) sounded A-okay with me.

I spent all but one day doing this:

Reading by the Pool

But my husband and I did go into Old Town, which was a blast to walk through. And I dragged him to:

The Fountain of Youth Sign

Yes, I did drink from it. So I’m going to live forever now. Don’t act so excited–I know there’s envy in your heart.

An added bonus? There were peacocks–one of my favorite animals–everywhere. I decided they were the unofficial mascot of The Fountain of Youth, and then went insane chasing them and taking pictures:

And there were even white ones!


Overall, it was an incredibly relaxing vacation filled with books, tons of kitschy stuff I wanted to buy, loads of peacocks, and gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

I’ll leave you with one such sunrise (the only one I got a picture of):


Oh, and I didn’t run into any celebrities. Sorry to disappoint!

What about y’all? Where are you going for spring/summer vacation?

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