Celebrating Mom & My Love

Stitch reading by Jim Shore

My mom always made sure we had books to read. It was how she first brought the world home to us. You could say she forced us to love books. She’s the best tiger mom in the world!

My husband loves Stitch and books. He spoils me by letting me collect these beautiful figurines by Jim Shore.

I thought this was the perfect image to celebrate two of my favorite people in the world.

Happy mother’s day, mom! Advance happy birthday, my love!

Sonnets & Writing

I fell in love with sonnets back in high school. Inspired by the works of Shakespeare and Wordsworth, I wrote my diary in this format. Poetry has not been part of my reading list for a long time since I write prose exclusively now. A friend’s shelf guided me to Pablo Neruda’s Love Sonnets and the poet’s beautiful words made my heart sing. These sonnets will definitely improve my writing.

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Dashing Heroes: Hadrian and Royce

The most entertaining author’s note I’ve ever listened to was written and read by Michael J. Sullivan at the beginning of The Crown Tower, the first book of the Riyria Chronicles. He described how his wife, Robin, schemed to get him to write the prequel to his vastly successful trilogy, The Riyria Revelations, because she developed an infatuation for Hadrian Blackwater. I am only two books into The Riyria Revelations, but I have grown fond of Hadrian and Royce, a pair of dashing heroes has never been so perfectly crafted. If I could choose any team to go on an adventure with, I would go with them.

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Russian Winter Kings

I grew up in a world filled with myth and colonial mentality. My grandmother’s sister always made offerings to the dwarves who lived in her garden. I watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs so I had a mental picture of these creatures. They would declare that tikbalangs, a creature with a horse’s head and a man’s body are being wed when it rains on a sunny day. When I later read about centaurs in Greek mythology, I thought it was funny that our magical creatures had the reverse parts of horse and man. I never considered that fantasy worlds were cultural by nature that the land they originated from could determine what the creatures were like or who was good and who was evil. Until I found striking resemblances in these Russian winter kings and the fantasy worlds they lived in.

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Demonizing Artificial Intelligence

As a web developer in e-commerce, artificial intelligence helps us study our data to predict inventory needs, recommend products to our customers, and target segments of our customers for ad campaigns. I don’t understand why science fiction is always demonizing artificial intelligence. To me, it’s like any other tool humans have developed that is intended for good, but can be used for evil. So why do we always cast it as the villain of our stories?

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