Musings

  • Musings

    FLOW: What to Expect from Megan Fuentes & Emma Fontaine in 2021

    I’ve never been one to make—okay, fine, keep—new year’s resolutions. I’ve made goals and set deadlines, sure, but year-long ones? What am I supposed to do when I get distracted by something shiny, as is my nature? This was such a problem that my mother called me “magpie” when I was a little girl. That, and I used to walk around Macy’s picking up the straight pins that fell from the mannequins. (I wanted to be a fashion designer, so I collected them. I’m in a slightly different field nowadays, as you can see.) The nickname still applies today—I love to hop from one project to the next, and I…

  • Interesting History,  Musings

    History Has Its Eyes on You: Glossed-Over Historical Events in HAMILTON

    If you’re as obsessed with Hamilton as I was when it first came out, you might’ve watched interviews with the cast, picked up that famous biography by Ron Chernow, or geeked out when Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared on Drunk History. (Note to self: I need to write an entire blog post on that show…) You probably also know that Hamilton has inaccuracies, and that some major historical events were left out altogether. Far too many blogs and news outlets have reported on this to list here. You couldn’t have missed them. And I understand the frustration. Though details are left out—intentionally or unintentionally—every time a story is retold, their absence is…

  • About the Author,  Musings

    Staying Focused with the Flora App

    The Flora app was one of my favorite productivity tools before the pandemic. After a year of use, it’s now my favorite tool to help me track my time and stay focused in other ways, too. And now I’m using it to help me navigate the increasingly foggier days in self-isolation. I started using the Flora app back when I was still in college. I was looking for a free alternative to the super popular Forest app, and Flora drew my eye with its focus on flowers over trees. Not to mention that it had the same functionality, more or less, and it had overall positive reviews on the app…

  • Musings,  Story Talk

    Supporting Indie Creators During Coronavirus

    Maybe supporting indie creators during coronavirus is only at the back of your mind. Maybe you can’t even think about it because you’re trying to balance a thousand other things—homeschooling your kids, working from home, balancing your literal or figurative checkbook, or whatever obstacles the new world order has you facing. Money is tight, and tensions are high. That’s understandable. That’s to be expected, in fact, which is why the majority of my suggestions here will be completely free to you, but will mean the world (or, in some cases, a little extra money) to the indie creators you love. (And I say indie creators because I tried to keep…