THE WINTERS IN BLOOM by Lisa Tucker and BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett: Boo...

Alrighty, we’re down to my last group book report for BOOK WEEK 2, and we’re ending it with two ensemble pieces. My second book was an ensemble, so I was kind of shying away from these for a while. But my third book, which I’m currently working on, only has two main points...

Why Can’t I Be Quiet Like Ryan Gosling? [Dear Thursday]

Watching the “Quiet Ryan” Funny or Die video (which I’ve posted below), I was reminded of two things: 1. My long-time desire to be a more quiet person in general. I tend to be loud and obnoxious and only become more so the better you get to know me. I’ve always been...

SUBURGATORY Review: Fall TV 2011 [Worth Watching?]

Being a big fan of the movie, EASY A, I was really looking forward to this new ABC sitcom, which many critics have been comparing to the acclaimed movie. Did it live up to its hype? Let’s discuss. Overview: After a single father (Jeremy Sisto) discovers a pack of condoms in his...

REVENGE Review: Fall TV 2011 [Worth Watching?]

Though, I really like Madeleine Stowe (12 MONKEYS – hey, hey hey!) and Emily VanCamp (I even stopped watching BROTHERS & SISTERS after she left), I didn’t have high hopes for their new night time drama, REVENGE. Was I right? Was I wrong? Here’s my review: Overview: A...

UP ALL NIGHT and FREE AGENTS Reviews: Fall TV 2011 [Worth Watching?]

I hear COMMUNITY has gotten better, as has PARKS & RECREATIONS. Also, I love Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Hank Azaria, so I had high hopes for NBC’s new comedy block starring all of them — though I also had major resentment that it didn’t pop off until 10pm....

Happy Birthday, Fierce and Nerdy! [Dear Thursday]

Three years ago, we launched Fierce and Nerdy on September 8th, and we’ve been rocking the internets (in nerdiest ways possible) ever since. Fierce and Nerdy has changed a lot over the years, and starting this month we’re going to be implementing even more changes. But we’ll...

Ugh! No Book Report [Dear Thursday]

Sorry Guys, I know I’ve been a bit awful this week and I’m totally going to make it up to you in the weeks to come by 1) staying my butt at home, and 2) actually writing book reports. I’m going to be awesome … next week. Meanwhile, if you’re in the St. Louis...

On a Jet Plane/Finishing My Book [Dear Thursday]

Sorry for the lack of book reviews lately. We’re in serious overhaul mode, preparing to launch a whole book review department in September-Octoberish. Also, I’m putting the finishing touches on my second novel, which I’m determined to get off my computer by this weekend....

I’m Becoming My Mother … Yay!!! [Dear Thursday]

Guest posting at fellow author, Nicole Blade’s mom-site, “Ms. Mary Mack” about why I never ever say, “Oh no, I’m becoming just like my mother” … out loud: The other day while working at my office (Starbucks), I overheard two college-aged girls...

GREAT HOUSE by Nicole Krauss [Book 27 of 2011]

You’ve probably heard from other writers that they don’t negatively review other writers’ work as a matter of policy. Many writers believe that to do so is in bad taste. Some writers say that giving another writer a bad review is mean-spirited and self-serving. Some writers...

SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones: Book 26 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

I had planned to read SILVER SPARROW first thing on my vacation, but somehow other books got in the way, and I didn’t start reading it until the last day of my vacation. Big mistake. I got sucked into such an intense book thrall, that I ended up having to take the first day after I came...

ROBOPOCALYPSE by Daniel H. Wilson: Book 25 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

If you haven’t heard of ROBOPOCALYPSE by now, then I you’re not a true nerd. This novel has earned mentions from just about every nerd blog, because of it’s high-concept premise (a robot uprising) — as told by a former robotics grad student from my own grad alma mater,...

THE EMPEROR OF MALADIES by Siddhartha Mukherjee: Book 15 of 2011 ̵...

You only have until next Friday to enter to win our 32 CANDLES swag giveaway. You can win just by spreading the word about 32 CANDLES, so definitely get those deets HERE. Meanwhile here’s a report I did on a book I’m still quoting. It’s also the one non-fiction that I think...

It Feels Like Someone’s Missing: IVF Update (Finally) [Dear Thur...

I’ve been going back and forth about writing this post. On one hand, I do feel that writing about this process not only helps me but other people. On the other hand, we are living in a time when folks are quick to scream “oversharer.” My favorite feminist blog Jezebel has...

No Spoilers, Please [Dear Thursday]

There’s this thing that used to happen to me all of the time in my 20s. I’d be on the street with a friend or sometimes just walking around a store, when a woman would approach me, tell me she was a psychic and that she was getting a very interesting reading off of me. Would I...

What Comes First? Story or Character? [Dear Thursday]

Hey-yo, I’m talking all about the troubles that come with being ridiculously story-driven over at the “Girlfriends Book Club”: “When last we spoke, I was suffering through the beginning of my third novel. Well, thank the Lord, the beginning is over and done with and...

The Ruination of Keira Knightley (for Me) [Dear Thursday]

The first time I ever saw Keira Knightley was in a clever little English gem called BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, in which an Indian girl defies her parents to play soccer (for reasons this American still can’t quite comprehend). I did not mind Knightley at all, and I’ve enjoyed her in...

THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE by Julie Buxbaum: Book 17 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

As it turns out Julie Bauxbum and I decided to read each other’s books for the same reason: basically she has a daughter around the same age as mine, for whom she’s curating a first books collection. As someone who is also deep in the process of curating her own daughter’s...

HARD-BOILED WONDERLAND AND THE END OF THE WORLD by Haruki Murakami [Bo...

So the nerd blogosphere has been buzzing about Haruki Murakami’s upcoming trilogy 1Q84 pretty relentlessly. The first print run of the first volume sold out on it’s first day of release in Japan. The critics love it. The fans love it. I want to read it so bad I could spit. But,...

#JustRead [No Dear Thursday]

I know I promised you a book report on the Murakami that I read while fiercely anticipating his 1Q84, which hits these translated shores in October. But unfortunately, I’m a bit overwhelmed with deadlines, so I’ll have to save my thoughts until next week. Meanwhile, my editormate...

WONDROUS STRANGE by Lesley Livingston: Book 14 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

When I first started listening to audiobooks years ago, I was broke and owed the Los Angeles County library a lot of money which meant that I couldn’t check books of any kind out for free. So I resorted to buying audiobooks on eBay. My only requirement was that they be cheap. Like $5...

HOW WE DIE by Sherwin B. Nuland: Book 13 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

The last time I was at Smith College, I had breakfast with my very first creative writing professor, and we got to talking about the death of her father and my mother. One thing led to another, and she told me that I ought to read HOW WE DIE by Sherwin B. Nuland. Now if you’ve been...

ONE DAY by David Nicholls: Book 12 of 2011 [Dear Thursday]

Wait a minute, is this by first book by a dude this year? I do believe it is. What’s strange though is that only other women have recommended it to me. And let’s talk about recommendations. Seemingly every other time I told someone that I was working on a book with a one day of...

THE LIFECYCLE OF SOFTWARE OBJECTS by Ted Chiang [Book 9 of 2011]

I can’t remember the last time I read a novella. But ya’ll know how much I’ve loved i09′s reading suggestions so far — they were the ones that hepped to be both A HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS by N.K. Jemisin and my favorite web comic of 2010. So when they started...

Dear Thursday: SINK REFLECTIONS by Marla Cilley [Book 8 of 2011]

Dearest, I know, I know that I’ve yet to do a graphic novel this year. I think that must be some kind of record, and the sad thing is that I have two really cool ones waiting in the TBR wings: BAYOU Vol. 2 by Jeremy Love and GOOD EGGS by (fellow Smithie) Phoebe Potts. I’m going to...

Dear Thursday: CALL ME IRRESISTIBLE by Susan Elizabeth Phillips [Book ...

Though I mostly read women’s & literary fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and graphic novels, I like to return to my first love, romance novels for occasional reminders about what makes for a good book — not in critics eyes, but in reader’s. Literary novels often have so many...

Dear Thursday: SIMA’S UNDERGARMENTS FOR WOMEN by Ilana Stanger-R...

Since I moved to a walking neighborhood, I haven’t reviewed a car book (a book I listen to in the car) in forever. The last one was back in the fall of 2010. But thanks to a series of IVF appointments, I recently managed to get through an entire car book. So here are my thoughts on...

Dear Thursday: BURN by Crystal Hubbard [Book 3 of 2011]

One of the things I promised myself when deciding to do my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge again this year, was that you guys would have to put up with more same authors, sequels and more straight-forward romance. I didn’t read either last year, and there’s just no way I could do...

Dear Thursday: APARTMENT THERAPY by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan [Book 2 of...

I’ve never been one for interior design. I tend not to decorate, and though I appreciate well-designed things, I rarely feel compelled to you know, design them. Curious then, that this week’s book is a popular interior design book/manual called APARTMENT THERAPY: the eight-step...

Dear Thursday: THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins [Book 1 of 2011]

I’ve been meaning to read THE HUNGER GAMES for a while now. Not only is Ms. Collins a fellow screenwriter-turned-novelist, but also everybody’s talking about this series, including our own Amy Brown and Gudrun Cram-Drach. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on a little...

Dear Thursday: GLORIOUS by Bernice McFadden [Book 47 of 2010]

Five more books to go after this one. Sadly this will be my last piece of women’s or African-American fiction for the year, but man, are we ending with a winner. Here are my thoughts on GLORIOUS by Bernice McFadden. Why I Decided To Read It: The better question is why didn’t I...

Dear Thursday: THE ONE THAT I WANT by Allison Winn Scotch [Book 45 of ...

So getting back to fiction novels, here are my thoughts on THE ONE THAT I WANT by Allison Winn Scotch Why I Decided To Read It: This novel had quite a bit of internet buzz, and I love internet buzz, so… What It’s About: This could have easily been subtitled The Inner-Life of a...

Dear Thursday: COME TO WIN by Venus Williams and Kelly E. Carter [Book...

Wow, only 10 more books to go before I meet my goal. And today’s book is a whole lot of awesomeness. I finished it yesterday, and I’m still a little sad about it. Here are my thoughts on COME TO WIN by Venus Williams and Kelly E. Carter . Why I Decided to Read It: Well, long story...

Dear Thursday: THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS by N.K. Jemisin [Book 38 ...

So a little bit of housekeeping before I get into this week’s book review.  Alas, no DEAR THURSDAY next week due to Thanksgiving. Also, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I have more book reports due than weeks left in the year, so it looks like we’re going to have to do another BOOK WEEK, so that I...

Dear Thursday: EX MACHINA by Brian K. Vaughn [Book 37 of 2010]

So I was thinking the other day that it’s been a while since I reviewed a graphic novel. And then when I heard the news that one of my favorite graphic novel series of all time, Y: THE LAST MAN, might get converted into a television series, that reminded me that I still hadn’t...

Dear Thursday: THE MARRIAGE BUREAU FOR RICH PEOPLE by Farahad Zama [Bo...

There’s only one thing I like more than a good book and that’s  a good book set outside of my own culture. Do you, too, love discovering countries that you haven’t been to yet through fiction? Then you’ll definitely want to read my thoughts on THE MARRIAGE BUREAU FOR...

Dear Thursday: FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen [Book 34 of 2010]

Have you heard of this book FREEDOM by Jonathan Franzen? Sadly, it hasn’t gotten very much coverage, but I decided to do the author a favor and talk about it on this blog anyway. It’s just so sad when good books don’t get the attention they deserve. Why I Decided to Read It:...

Dear Thursday: WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor [Book 33 of 2010]

Wow, I haven’t filed a report on a sci-fi/fantasy novel in a while now, and what a wonderful way to come back to the genre. This week I’m talking about the much ballyhooed African sci-fi/fantasy novel, WHO FEARS DEATH by Nnedi Okorafor. Why I Decided To Read It: About three weeks...

Dear Thursday: ELK’S RUN by Joshua Hale Fialkov [Book 32 of 2010...

It occurs to me that I haven’t done a graphic novel in awhile, so here are my thoughts on ELK’S RUN by Joshua Hale Fialkov. Why I Decided To Read It: During my first and so far, only San Diego Comic-Con, I met Fialkov (who had just launched this series) through friend of FaN, Clark Perry. The...

Dear Thursday: THE PURPLE COW by Seth Godin [Book 31 of 2010]

It’s been a while since I reviewed a non-fiction book, but I’m making them more of a priority in my reading pile. I’ve had so many people tell me that they only read non-fiction, that I’ve vowed not to become one of those people who only read fiction, which I pretty...

Dear Thursday: THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE by Aimee Bender [B...

So this is my second book review of the year inspired by a suggested book from our Fierce and Nerdy book blogger, Amy Brown. The first book, THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman turned out to be my favorite book of the year so far. But what did I think of THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE by...

Dear Thursday: GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok [Book 29 of 2010]

So if you saw me IRL in August, you already know that I was just obsessed with GIRL IN TRANSLATION by Jean Kwok. What a great way to end the summer. Why I Decided To Read It: Last spring it seemed like everybody was talking about this book, and it felt like I kept running into mentions of it...

Dear Thursday: SUBSTITUTE ME by Lori L. Tharps [Book 28 of 2010]

Oh, I’ve been a reading fool over the last few weeks, and therefore have a backlog of books to talk about over the next few weeks, starting off with SUBSTITUTE ME by fellow Smithie, Lori L. Tharps. Why I Decided To Read It: Ya’ll know how I like to represent for my clique, so it...

Dear Thursday: Wii’s Just Dance [FaN Favorites]

So, as many of you know, I’m just obsessed with Wii Just Dance. So I’m running my original review of the game and hoping all the things I didn’t like get fixed in the next version. We’ll see… From March 4, 2010 Okay, I’m just an hour away from finishing my...

Dear Thursday: GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL [FaN Favorites]

I chose this book review just b/c now that I’m on the other side of publishing, I still think it’s the marketing book that every writer should read like yesterday. From February 11, 2010 I’ve been reviewing mostly fiction up to now, but as I mentioned last week, I’ve...

Dear Thursday: I’m Scared Therefore I Do it Anyway [Book Tour Ne...

They always say that it’s a thin line between love and hate. Maybe that’s true. My natural tendency is to love everyone b/c folks in general are just so frickin dope. And I try not to hate, b/c I’m lazy and hate takes a ton of energy to maintain. Over the last few years,...

Dear Thursday: THE GIRL WHO CHASED THE MOON by Sarah Addison Allen [Bo...

So yeah, remember how I got all sentimental during BOOK WEEK back in June and vowed to keep on reading a book a week for the rest of the year? Yeah, well so far that’s not going so hot. But I’m committed to reading a book a week from this week forward, and we’ll be hosting...

Dear Thursday: That Time of Year Again

So if you know me IRL, then you know that I have one go-to color as far as nail polish is concerned and that is blue. This is my boring color. The one I pick when I’m not feeling adventurous. When I am feeling adventurous, then I usually pick some shade of green. I did black when I...

Dear Thursday: Sick Baby

You should know that I don’t label myself as a mom. I consider being a mom a really special part of my identity, as opposed to my title. For example, I didn’t list being a mom in my biography. When people say that being a mother is the most important job you’ll ever have, I...

Dear Thursday: Decided to Stop Checking My Amazon Stats Till August 1s...

… and I’ve been happier ever since. I do wonder how many authors have made this choice to stay sane. Another question I was wondering about the other day: Is getting published a right or a privilege. I’m not a big believer in rights or deserving for various reasons, so I...

Dear Thursday: Soooo Busy

So I’ll just point you to our tagline poll. “We’ve got your geek right here” and “Geek and Destroy” are neck-and-neck, so make sure to get your vote in. It will really count. Anywho, go HERE to have your say and I’ll be better next week. Promise! 100%...

Dear Thursday: Meet Me in St. Louiee

Friendly reminder, I’m in St. Louis reading from and signing 32 CANDLES tonight, so if you’re in the area, please do come...

Dear Thursday: Me and etc are not cool right now!

I know this is the last day of work for a lot of you, so I just wanted to push 32 CANDLES extra-extra hard, since we’re going back to our regular schedule next week. People have been calling this a great vacation read from the get-go. That’s one of the reasons 32 CANDLES was...

Dear Thursday: A SPOT OF BOTHER by Mark Haddon [Book 26 of 2010]

So my book-a-week challenge was supposed to be done at 25 books, but a funny thing happened on the way to finishing it. I discovered that I didn’t want it to end. I’ve truly enjoyed being back in the reading habit, and I really can’t think of any reason not to keep it going....

Dear Thursday: BITCH IS THE NEW BLACK by Helena Andrews [Book 22 of 20...

Remember how I promised you that I would eventually review a non-marketing piece of non-fiction, because I wasn’t completely self-absorbed and could in fact read non-fiction that didn’t either 1) directly benefit me or 2) teach me how to do stuff. You probably didn’t believe...

Dear Thursday: SECRETS OF HAPPINESS by Sarah Dunn [Book 19 of 2010]

Okay, apparently I’m 6 books behind my goal of a book-a-week until my own comes out. But I’m determined to catch up before June 22. Thus, I’m declaring next week BOOK WEEK here at Fierce and Nerdy. Not only will I catch up on my reading challenge, but we’ll all be...

Dear Thursday: GIRLS OF RIYADH by Rajaa Alsanea [Book 17 of 2010]

Guys, I have so many books in my hop right now: graphic novels, non-fiction, memoir, young adult, sci-fi, women’s fiction — all sorts of stuff. It’s been such a pleasure to read so much lately, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts on them. But til then let’s...

Dear Thursday: FROM CAPE TOWN WITH LOVE [Book 15 of 2010]

Okay, I know that I haven’t been great about keeping up with my book-a-week pledge, but I’ve reset and am totally fixing to catch up before 32 CANDLES  comes out. That all excused, here are my thoughts on FROM CAPE TOWN WITH LOVE by Steven Barnes, Tananarive Due, and (fellow...

Dear Thursday: Our First T-Shirt Winner!

Hey Guys, Don’t have a lot of time to talk, as we’re going into final cut production of the 32 CANDLES trailer this morning. But I wanted to take a second to congratulate Katrina Gamble, our first 32 CANDLES T-shirt winner. She pre-ordered three books (one for herself, one for her...

Dear Thursday: My New Rules of Reading

Sadly, I didn’t do as much reading as I thought I would do on my trips to Scotland and France. I spent most of my plane ride either sleeping or greedily watching movies of my own choosing. However, I did do a lot of reading — just not a lot of finishing. Unbeknownst to me, I had...

Dear Thursday: THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman [Book 14 of 2010]

Guys, by the time you read this, I’ll hopefully be on a plane reading. Of course, I’m looking forward to doing my research in Scotland and seeing my writing exchange partner IRL for the first time in almost two years. but there’s a little part of me that is always thrilled...

Dear Thursday: The Jane Austen Book Club [Book 13 of 2010]

Now two books behind on my reading goal, but this might be a good thing as I can do a whole week of book reviews if I keep it up. Go Team! Anyway, let’s get back into the swing of things with a book I’ve been meaning to read for over five years. Ah well, better late than never....

Dear Thursday: Stupid Customer Service

So yesterday, I packed Betty into the car and went to pick up my first pair of really expensive glasses at a high-end store in Silver Lake. I’ve always wanted a pair of expensive glasses, and I finally indulged that dream … only to be told the day after they were supposed to be...

Dear Thursday: THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS by Max Broo...

Long post title, but the book is fairly short since it’s a graphic novel. So w/o further ado, here are my thoughts on THE ZOMBIE SURVIVAL GUIDE: RECORDED ATTACKS by Max Brooks. Why I Decided To Read It: See this is why I plan to personally walk down to my local library and ask for...

Dear Thursday: THE BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY by Marian Keyes [Book 11 ...

Toward the beginning of the year, my favorite chicklit author, Marian Keyes, posted this message on her site: My dear amigos, happy new year to you all and I hope your festive season was not too unpleasant. I’m very sorry but this is going to be a very short piece because I am laid low with...

Dear Thursday: LONG WAY DOWN by Nick Hornby [Book 10 of 2010]

Funnily enough, this is only the the second book of the year by an author I’ve already read before. Go figure. Why I Decided To Read It: I used to be a HUGE Nick Hornby fan … before grad school and his many movie deals. And somehow I didn’t realize that I was no longer...

Dear Thursday: MINION by L.A. Banks [Book 9 for 2010]

Yes, yes, I know it’s Week 10 of 2010, but I promise to catch up by next week. Wait for it! Why I Decided To Read It: As an early Buffy the Vampire Slayer adopter, Banks basically had me at a “black vampire slayer.” What’s It About: Damali, a 20-year-old LA spoken word...

Dear Thursday: Wii’s JUST DANCE

Okay, I’m just an hour away from finishing my latest audiobook, but I’ve accepted that that hour is just not going to happen today. So look for that review next Tuesday and let’s talk about the new Wii game, JUST DANCE, b/c every time I mention this game on Facebook,...

Dear Thursday: A GOOD YEAR by Peter Mayle [Book 8 of 2010]

Wow, two whole months of reading or listening to books every week. Glorious! Of all the indulgences I could have allowed myself this year, I can’t think of one better than this. That all said, her are my thoughts on A GOOD YEAR by Peter Mayle. Why I Decided To Read It: I make it a...

Dear Thursday: ORANGE, MINT AND HONEY by Carleen Brice [Book 7 of 2010...

Let me tell you, I was in the reading and listening habit before, but this book-a-week stuff is the straight-up business. Just wanted to say that before giving you my thoughts on ORANGE, MINT, AND HONEY by Carleen Brice. Why I Decided To Listen To It: I’ve been meaning to read or listen...

Dear Thursday: GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL [Book 6 of 2010]

I’ve been reviewing mostly fiction up to now, but as I mentioned last week, I’ve become very interested in fully learning the art of promotion before 32 CANDLES hits bookshelves. And sense I’m a page-to-life learner, I’ve been reading a lot of books on the subject....

Dear Thursday: LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY by Tiffany Baker [Book ...

Alright, don’t drop dead of shock, but I actually finished listening to this last book on time. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY by Tiffany Baker Why I Decided To Read It: This book got great reviews and I just happened to read one of...

Dear Thursday: Telenovellas and iPads

So yesterday, I woke up with one determination in my head. I early adopted the iPod. My husband early adopted the iPhone. The only reason that I didn’t early adopt the MacBook Air was b/c I had sworn not to get another computer until I got a book deal — and even with that vow...

Dear Thursday: The Book of Eli

Sorry, I’m still in the process of finishing this week’s book. I’ll post my review of it tomorrow. Meanwhile, a few people have asked me what I thought of The Book of Eli, which I saw last Saturday, so I’ll just say a few things about that film here. I don’t...

Dear Thursday: Jose Saramago’s BLINDNESS [Book 2 of 2010]

Just to refresh your memories, I’ve decided to read a book week until my own book, 32 CANDLES, comes out on June 22, 2010. So here goes this week’s review of Jose Saramago’s BLINDNESS. Why I Decided To Read It: The movie trailer made me think, “Now that’s a book...

Dear Thursday: Erica Kennedy’s FEMINISTA

So in the interest of procrastinating living well, I have decided to try reading or listening to a book a week and then reporting on it here. Hopefully this will inspire you guys to also read a few books while you’re waiting for 32 CANDLES to come out. Oh, and I’ve broken this...

Dear Thursday: If You Can, Don’t Do What You Love

I found this NYT item about how hard it is to live your hobby dream with an Etsy store interesting, in that the whole article had a tone of being stunned that making a living from crafting was hard. Why, one artist and her husband worked 14 hour days to get all of her orders out. Another...

Dear Thursday: Research and Other Loaded Guns

So I’m going to the gun range to shoot guns today w/ a friend of my husband’s who knows about guns. And yes, for the friends that know me IRL, I’m still a pacifist, but I’m rewriting a very violent book. As you do. So I need to do some in-person research. Should be...

Dear Thursday: The Best Songs of 2009

Again, I’m pretty sad that I gave indie music such short shrift this year, and I really hope to correct that in 2010. But that all excused, here’s my nominees for the best songs of 2009: Best Pop Song: “I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. I remember listening to...

Dear Thursday: The Best and Worse Albums of 2009

The one bad thing about no longer working in Top 40, is that I’ve not been listening to nearly as much music as I did last year. Also, I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to explore as much non-super-commercial music as I would have liked to, but here goes for my...

Dear Thursday: Let’s Get Ready for 2010…

… by going over 2009 ad nauseum. As the new year gets closer, I thought it would be a good idea to use our entertainment space to figure out our nominations for the Best and Worst Entertainment of the year, starting off with TV. Here are my nominations… Best New TV Show of 2009:...

Dear Thursday: Sorry! Sorry!

As many of you know my MIL moved in a couple of months ago for a change of pace and to help us with Betty. It’s been wonderful, and I’ve been able to get so much done. In fact, it’s been so wonderful, that I plum ole forgot that I simply can’t get as much work done...

Dear Thursday: The Everyday Feminist

Hey Guys, I wanted to end our Feminism series by offering up some everyday solutions — not just complaints — for the current state of Feminism, so here goes. 1. Stop congratulating men for doing what they should have been doing in the first place. Now I went back and forth with...

Dear Thursday: A Culture Gap That No Amount of Talking Can Surmount

So I want to come clean, because last week I said that CH and I didn’t argue over our differences. That was a lie, because we have hit one HUGE roadblock in our relationship as parents from two very different cultures. It’s actually rather hard for me to talk about in this venue,...

Dear Thursday: Interesting Moments in an Interracial Relationship

So though I’m definitely positive when it comes to Interracial Relationships, they do have their interesting moments. I’m lucky to live in California where IR relationships are quite common. However, the influx of BW-WM relationships is fairly recent, so often CH and I will go...

Dear Thursday: Month of Minefields: This I Believe

As I mentioned on Tuesday, though I’ve returned to organized religion, I don’t necessarily have the same belief system that I did when I was younger. To give you a bit of background, not only was I raised in the Lutheran church, I also went to Lutheran school, was confirmed, and...

Dear Thursday: New TV So Far

So I thought now would be a good time to talk about TV So Far this season. First up the new shows: Glee: This show started off great, but seems to be losing steam. The story lines are tepid, and IMO need an injection of the big drama that Ryan Murphy’s other show, Nip/Tuck is known for....

Dear Thursday: On the Fringe of Subconscious

So on Monday night, I had the weirdest dream: Some kind of being came to me and showed me what my life would have been like if I had gone to New York instead of grad school and then LA and what my life would have been like if I had taken the full scholarship I was offered to attend J-school...

Dear Thursday: Up, Up, and Away … Someday

This recently published picture of the Omega Centauri cluster taken by the refurbished Hubble scope reminded me of two things: 1. I need to make sure to hit observatories when I travel out of town. Living in a city with heavy light pollution is no fun for a star gazer. And… 2. I so want...

Dear Thursday: Your Best Summer Fling

God, I’m glad that summer is over. The TV situation is usually bad during this time, but this summer it seemed particularly bad with no real seasons of Torchwood or Dr. Who to distract me. However, as always, there were a couple of summer gems. I’ve already talked about how I...

Dear Thursday: Another Huge 32 Candles Announcement

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Way short edition of Fierce and Nerdy today, b/c it’s the end of August, and a ton of our bloggers are on vacation, recovering from vacation, moving, gearing up for the Fall, etc, etc. So bear with us, b/c we’ll be right as rain...

Dear Thursday: The Art of Re-Run

One of the interesting things about having our nephew, Josh from “Future So Bright” spend the last month with us is seeing how his entertainment habits differ so very much from mine. While he was here, he rewatched television shows, movies, and even listened to the 7th Harry...

Dear Thursday: The Best of Summer (So Far)

This blog post by Clark Perry from clarkblog inspired to throw up my best of summer entertainment choices so far. Best Commercial Movie: Definitely Star Trek. What a lovely surprise, and thanks to Fringe and Lost, JJ Abrams is quickly becoming one of my favorite nerds in the industry. But as...

Dear Thursday: Page to Screen

One of my abs favorite things to do is to hold off on seeing a movie until I’ve read or listened to the book that it’s based on. I’ve done this with so many books that it’s. Impossible to recount them all, but some of my most memorable read-then-watch moments include...

Dear Thursday: London Theater vs. Here Theater

Photo Credit: Neha Viswanathan I’ve been telling people for years that the London theater scene is better than ours, and apparently Ken Davenport over at “Producer’s Perspective” agrees with me. Go here to see his full list, but here are three of my faves from his...

Dear Thursday: Terrific Beach Reads

So, a few points about this NYT article re: Terrific Summer Reads, written by women. 1. I am so in agreement about non-romance books by women being ghettoized into either chick lit or women’s fiction, while John Updike, Philip Roth, Michael Chabon, et al, simply get to be literary...

Dear Thursday: Nice Girls Finish Last

So it looks like Archie finally chose between Betty and Veronica, and the winner of his (not-sure-why-it’s-desirable) hand in marriage: Veronica! I’m sure a lot of good-girl-next-door-types are crying into their good girl non-alcoholic drinks over this, but I for one think Archie...

Dear Thursday: Summer TV

So summer is officially here — at least in TV Land, and I’m facing the same dilemma I face every summer: What to watch, what to watch? This is especially important this summer as I’ll be particularly housebound with a newborn. Sadly many of my past summer regulars are...

Dear Thursday: Baby’s First Sport

This is a cross post with Deep Into Sports Montage by Chris Darling Now here’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately as an expectant mother: should I enroll my child in a sport, and if so, how should I go about it? I still remember my first trip to the YMCA when I...

Dear Thursday: Hip-Hop, Do You Know Where You’re Going To?

Photo by Andrew Siguenza So as many of you know, I used to be a huge fan of hip-hop, and now I’m really … well not so much. I liked the last Kanye West album. I like a couple of the cuts off of the last Nas album. I thought the last Jay-Z album was a great piece of nostalgia. I...