Category: Blog

Saint Chappelle

On the Île de la Cité in Paris, tucked away to the side of the Palais de Justice sits a medieval building, very tall and thin, with thick walls and gargoyles watching from high above. The entrance is rather mundane, open to a large room with cement floors, fleur-de-lis decorated pillars, and a statue of an …

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National Readathon Day

This coming Saturday, I’m going to join in National Readathon Day from noon to 4pm. Not that I need an excuse to read! To learn more about the event or the National Book Foundation, click here. Goodreads is also participating by providing a way for readers to tag the books they will read on this page. So …

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NaNotThisYear

Well, that didn’t turn out quite how I’d planned. I don’t think I’m cut out for Nanowrimo. At least not in November….I love the concept of it. An entire month focused on making writing the priority? Perfect. But maybe not in November. Maybe I need to try Camp Nanowrimo in April or July. Or maybe …

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Nanowrimo, Two Days In

Well, it’s begun. It’s just as crazy as it was last year. I can’t say this is my favorite way to write. It feels too much like cramming for a big final, and I’ve never been that type when it comes to studying. As I woke up on Saturday morning, I reminded myself to take …

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Nanowrimo, Here We Go

Last year, I attempted Nanowrimo. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a rather crazy challenge to write at least 50,000 words in 30 days. That’s 1,667 words per day, so if you’ve read 2K to 10k by Rachel Aaron, maybe it’s not so crazy. For me, it’s crazy. I’m lucky to hit 1,000 …

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Conciergerie: Palace to Prison

Just a few blocks’ short walk from Notre Dame Cathedral on the Ile-de-la-Cité stands a rather grand building behind a gold leaf gate. The main building is the Palais de Justice. On either side of this building are two places I highly recommend for visitors to Paris: Saint Chappelle (left), and Conciergerie (right). We’ll get …

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Rediscovering Columbus Day

It amazes me that after all the truths we have learned about Christopher Columbus, we still have a holiday called Columbus Day. The ideas of discovery and learning are wonderful concepts for a holiday. We should understand the significance of exploration and progress in world history. It’s just unfortunate that Columbus was chosen as the …

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The Louvre, Part Deux

Found on Samothrace in the Aegean Sea, Winged Victory dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. It arrived at the Louvre in 118 pieces. I didn’t notice the cracks. All I saw was a beautiful headless figure with wings on the deck of a sailing ship in a huge gallery. Set at the …

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The Louvre

Eidos Interactive released a Tomb Raider game called Angel of Darkness in 2003. I played it on my PS2, and my favorite thing about it was the use of the Louvre as a location for three levels. (Controls were a little klunky, which were totally improved in Tomb Raider Legend.) When I decided to go …

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My Favorite Book?!

There’s another list thing going around facebook, asking people to list the 10 most influential books on their lives. I’m not much into those lists on facebook, but it got me thinking. Then I saw this post on fellow LARA member Mia Hopkins’ blog, and thought: blog post! So here we are. It would be …

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