Book Love

Book Review: Abhorsen by Garth Nix

So, I sort of let this review linger in the “unfinished” post pile a little too long, given how hard I came down on the previous book in the series, Lirael. I read this not long afterwards, and honestly was so amazed at how much better it was than its predecessor - and how much… Continue reading Book Review: Abhorsen by Garth Nix

Blogging, Life, Magpie Writes

On Blogging Seriously (and Being Seriously Overwhelmed)

I’ve wanted to blog seriously for years. Honestly, 10+ years ago when I first discovered bloggers like Alicia Paulson of Posy Gets Cozy and Jane Brocket of Yarnstorm it quickly instilled in me a nagging want. To be a blogger. To take this seriously. To make this world of creativity a serious part of how… Continue reading On Blogging Seriously (and Being Seriously Overwhelmed)

Life, Lists, Travel

July/August Wrap-Up and September Goals

The last two months have been just an absolute whirlwind. There’s some pretty big and significant life-changes that have been going on behind the scenes here at Magpie over the last few weeks that have been simultaneously super-exciting, and absolutely terrifying. I won't say too much about it all on here until all is said… Continue reading July/August Wrap-Up and September Goals

Lists, School School School

Tips for Emailing Your Professors – From a Professor!

In recent years, one of the most common things I’m asked about by students is email. Specifically, how to email your professors. When I first started getting this, I was a little confused by it - until I realized that we’re at the point where none of our traditional students remember a world without IM… Continue reading Tips for Emailing Your Professors – From a Professor!

Book Love

Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

  Crown of Midnight was an exceptional follow-up to Throne of Glass. The pacing problems of the first book were pretty much non-existant, and the combination of a more mature narrative with far more effective character development makes for a riveting read from start to finish. Celeana as Unlikeable Still Isn’t Actually Unlikeable. As I… Continue reading Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Lists, School School School

12 Tips for Adjusting to College from a Student Turned Professor

This year marks my 7th year teaching college. It’s an absolutely CRAZY thing for me to think about, since it seriously just feels like yesterday that I was receiving my MA. But time marches ever forward, and with seven years of teaching under my belt, in addition to the five years I spent in higher… Continue reading 12 Tips for Adjusting to College from a Student Turned Professor

Life, Lists

Liebster Award and Blogger to Blogger Personal Tag

It’s been a very hectic week here at Magpie Making Do (for a variety of personal reasons that I’m not going to get into here, including a death in the family), and I’ve noticed myself feeling very guilty about not posting in more than a week and a half - which is nice, because it’s… Continue reading Liebster Award and Blogger to Blogger Personal Tag

Book Love, Lists, Magpie Reviews

#ReadWomenMonth Reading Wrap-Up

Participating in StasiaLikesCakes’ Read Women Month was a really fun, fulfilling, and enlightening experience. I did both the Instagram challenge (see that wrap-up here), and the reading challenge, and in the process read 9 books, reacquainted myself with reading fiction regularly, and learned a lot about my reading preferences and habits. I realized how much… Continue reading #ReadWomenMonth Reading Wrap-Up

Book Love, Life, Lists, Travel

June Wrap-Up and July Goals

Ah, another month gone, another goals wrap-up post - and June did NOT go as smoothly in terms of goals as I hoped it would. That said, it wasn’t quite the total failure that it could have been. So how’d I do? Well, June was a strange one this year. I spent the first two… Continue reading June Wrap-Up and July Goals

Book Love, Lists, Magpie Reviews

#ReadWomenMonth Instagram Challenge Wrap-Up

Today marks the end of #ReadWomenMonth, and not only did I pledge to read only female authors this month (wrap-up on that coming soon), but I also participated in the Instagram challenge - as best I could anyway. So today, I’m wrapping the month up with a compilation of all my Instagram posts over the… Continue reading #ReadWomenMonth Instagram Challenge Wrap-Up