Just as I was wondering what to do with the remaining gallons of Wilton black food coloring I have, Destiny 2 was released and it hit me: cosmic meringues. I make meringues a lot. In fact, they’re my go-to party dessert because everyone loves them and they look lot harder to make than they are, especially if you throw in a bit of food coloring. The only downside to these meringues is that if you eat more than one, you’ll end up looking like a sullen goth with terrible dental hygiene. Eyes up, Guardian! Note: I used Wilton Black, Christmas Read More

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I (Love You) Robot: Tropes in Science Fiction & Fantasy #1

I’m fascinated by tropes in storytelling, and so I’ve decided to write a series of posts examining different tropes within Science Fiction and Fantasy. What is a trope? For the purpose of this blog series, a trope is a concept, whether a character type, setting, or plot element, that is easily recognized by the reader. Because a trope is instantly familiar to the audience, it works as an expositional shortcut for the author. Every genre has its tropes, from the brooding teenage heroes in YA fiction to the naughty billionaire bad-boys in romance. Now, I write in Speculative Fiction, specifically, Read More

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THERE’S COFFEE IN THAT NEBULA! Captain Janeway’s Dark Chocolate-Coffee and Strawberry Mousse

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Star Trek. And since I also love strong women characters, it’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of Captain Kathryn Janeway. Although she was afflicted by the A Strong Woman Cannot Cook trope (seriously, having a woman burn a pot roast in a replicator is so much more insulting to her strong-woman-ness than her being able to whip up a soufflé), she remains to this day one of my most admired fictional characters. She was smart, witty, and compassionate, and treated all life forms, even holographic ones, with respect. She Read More