If you haven’t seen the 2015 film The VVitch, you might not understand the reference of this post’s title. If you have, I’m sure you get it. Imagine now, it’s nighttime, dark as pitch outside, and a dark figure comes up behind you— the devil in the form of Black Phillip the goat—and, whispering, offersContinue reading “Wouldst thou like to live creatively”
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Where on Earth has Jenna Been?!
Hey. It’s been a while—I can’t rightly say how long because I didn’t bother to check when my last post was. But, believe me, it’s been a minute. Of course, as everyone is aware, 2020 has been the trashfire to end all trashfires and thus my work (outside my actual job and survival) has slipped.Continue reading “Where on Earth has Jenna Been?!”
It’s Been Two Months since I Opened an Online Bookshop: and Here’s What I’ve Learned
If you’ve been following me at all, you won’t be unfamiliar with my teeny-tiny online business: The Littlest Online Bookshop. In case you don’t know, TLOB is a very small independent used bookstore completely online. I ship internationally and am working to connect people everywhere with books. It’s my passion project and something that hasContinue reading “It’s Been Two Months since I Opened an Online Bookshop: and Here’s What I’ve Learned”
Book Review: A Song Below Water
“We should all speak like sirens. Use our voices to make a difference, because all of them matter.” Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced to keep her siren identity under wraps in a society that wants to keep her kind under lock and key. Never mind she’s also stuck in Portland, Oregon,Continue reading “Book Review: A Song Below Water”
The Literary World Needs Negative Reviews!
But at what point does negative intersect with honesty? Does only living in a positive bubble of good reviews actually help the author and the book community at large?
The Tellings Chapter 3
Bethany My first day at the diamond shop started with rain. I tried not to see it as an omen as I walked down the cobblestone streets, with my drooping umbrella barely shielding me from the downpour. The town was filled with a rainbow of umbrellas, contrasting against the grey of the rain-soaked city. ThereContinue reading “The Tellings Chapter 3”
A Baby Gardener’s Guide to Wellness with Plants
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul. — Alfred Austin A couple months ago, I was in a bad place mentally. Lockdown living was keeping me safe, but not helping me thrive. IContinue reading “A Baby Gardener’s Guide to Wellness with Plants”
I’ve Opened a Bookstore
The last few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. Why? Because I’ve launched a tiny online business. I’ve always loved books and bookstores. There are many many blog posts dedicated to my favourite books and bookstores. One dream I’ve had, since graduating five years ago, is to open my own bookstore. It’s easy for meContinue reading “I’ve Opened a Bookstore”
Book Review: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
Though this is what I could call a “comfort book” and I knew everything would work out in the end, I still felt very much compelled to read on and on. I laughed and I cried in equal measure.
Why I’m Handwriting my First Drafts from Now On
What’s so different about this one, compared to my first novel, is that I wrote it all by hand in a notebook.