Hi! I’m Kristen, curator of this little bookish blog. I’m glad you are here and I hope you enjoy your visit. Please feel free to poke around and comment. I love discussion!
About me – I’m a medievalist by study, a geek by nature, and a hopeful bestselling author waiting to be discovered. My goal in life is to live in a cabin in the woods with no one else around for miles, where I can just read and write. As long as I can get the internet and Amazon delivers there, I’m good. I adore medieval holy women, even though I’m an atheist. I just think they’re fascinating. My favorites are Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, and Margery Kempe.
As for my geek nature, all things revolve around Star Trek in my world. My first fanfiction was Trek. My first ‘ship was P/C. I even got accepted as one of the contributors to the Strange New Worlds 2016 (Star Trek)!
I was reared on sci-fi/fantasy, so all other fandoms are fair game as well. Firefly, Dr. Who, The X-Files, anything similar are beloved and food for discussion in my house.
I’m a single mom by choice and my daughter is amazing. She is the joy of my life. She already reads well above her grade level. She loves sci-fi, too, and she dances hard to Emilie Autumn. I think I’m doing something right.
In my professional life, I work in central administration at an online university which shall remain nameless. I also teach for them, mostly fairy tales and folklore, world mythology, Shakespeare, and literature of the fantastic (AKA, Sci-fi/fantasy). I write weird stories and submit them wherever I can, often under a pseudonym. I write book reviews for the Historical Novel Society and Discovering Diamonds.
If you want to ask me about reviewing your own work, I may do so if I have the time. It never hurts to ask! I read lots of literary fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and historical fiction.
N.B.: For historical fiction, I mostly read stories about ancient Rome, Roman Britain, Saxon Britain, medieval and Renaissance Europe, and Victorian England. I’m not interested in romance or religious novels.
For my own reviews, my star rating is thus:
1 star = I absolutely hated it for some reason which I always explain in my review.
2 star = I didn’t like it much but didn’t hate it.
3 star = I liked it or found it interesting/informative; I may not have found it to be a page turner, but I did want to finish it and see what happens. The majority of my reviews are 3 stars, and it is not a bad rating in my world.
4 star = I loved it and/or found it impossible to put down.
5 star = I fucking loved it AND it created some kind of emotional response in me in one way or another. Very few books I read get a 5 star rating.