Je lirai

At my French class last week, I was asked why I’m studying the language. I used to have a good answer: a short version, a long version, a self-deprecating one. But when I was asked the question last week, I realized that my answer had changed. I had begun my language learning journey mostly because […]

Allons-y à la maison française

I restarted my French studies more than 5 years ago now, with the purchase of Rosetta Stone. I started, then stopped for some while, then picked it up again. Since October 24th of 2013 I have succeeded in “touching” French every single day. But I haven’t made the kind of progress I wanted/expected to make. […]

Toute l’année

It’s been nearly a year since my last post, and that one being about my plans to learn French. Here’s a quick update. In the past year I’ve succeeded in “touching” French for at least 15 minutes everyday. There were times when I’d climbed into bed and be nearly asleep, only to sit upright, reach […]

NaNoWriMo 2014

Back in 2007, I joined and “won” NaNoWriMo with what eventually (like 5 years after that one month) my novel A Call of Moonhart. That time, I knew I had a novel-length idea, I had the world building in hand, and the timing was right to get a jump start on all of it. Eventually, that […]


The only D I got for a grade in high school came from my French teacher. Oh, I deserved it, no question. I spent more time paying attention to the blonde next to me (hi Beth-Alison!) than the teacher in front of me, and if Beth-Alison wanted to skip class for any reason, well, allons-y […]