Free Christmas Story!

cat-christmas-wallpaper_10Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’ve all been having a great holiday season. I am currently curled up on the couch with a mug of coffee in hand and a roaring fire in the fireplace. I ate entirely too much delicious food yesterday, and I will most likely do it again today. That’s what the season is about, am I right?

So, earlier this month, I had the urge to start a derpy little Christmas story about a kitten in outer space. There’s just not enough scifi holiday stories in the world, and everything is better with kittens. SO. Without further adieu, here’s a free Christmas story for you all:

The Christmas Stowaway

This story will only be available on the blog until Jan 1st. Hope you enjoy! And have a great Christmas Day, everyone!

[EDIT – 1/1/14] This story is no longer available. Thanks for reading!

❤ Laura

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Top 10 Books of 2012 (Read, not published)

I like making lists. I’ll admit it. I’m a list maker. So at the end of the year I like to make a lists of all my favorite things from that year. Now, in this case, these are not all books that were published in 2012, they are just books I read in 2012. I’m way late on some of these books, and I realize that. I’m also kind of late on doing New Year stuff. *shrug* I regret nothing.

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Help! I’ve fallen prey to a sappy pet story! Laura reads “Dewey”

I’ve been eyeballing this book with the adorable orange kitty on the cover for a very long time. Finally I couldn’t take it anymore, and I needed something new to read. This is a dramatic re-enactment of what I look like about 10 pages in:

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about:

Dewey was a library cat, which is exactly what it sounds like. Cat Channel dot com gives a brief history of cats living in libraries; a tradition which seems to date back all the way to Ancient Egypt:

Throughout the ages, library cats have upheld literary works, inspired reading and literacy programs, boosted librarian morale and befriended patrons. Experts trace the origins of library cats to ancient times, when Herodotus reported the existence of libraries in Egyptian temples. While many felines prowled the fields of early Egypt protecting crops, others underwent special training to stop rodents and serpents from infesting houses and temples, where preserved papyrus has since been unearthed.

So I found that background pretty interesting. But, back to Dewey. His story begins on a cold morning in January. The librarians of Spencer Public Library have just begun their day when they hear a strange noise coming from the after hours drop box. It sounds like an animal. Fearing some wild creature, Vicki Myron peeks cautiously into the box and is startled by what she finds there. Huddled in a corner, frozen and scared, is a tiny kitten. After a warm bath in the office sink, Dewey feels a little better and begins purring and rubbing his face on anyone who will let him. His paws remain injured from frost-bite for his first week or so at the library, but that doesn’t stop him from exploring his surroundings and getting to know any and everyone he can. The staff and patrons immediately fall in love with him and it is decided he will stay. They name him Dewey Readmore Books after the Dewey Decimal System. From young to old, Dewey is loved by and inspires everyone he meets. Yes, it’s a mushy pet story book… and it’s wonderful. Go read it!

There is also a children’s picture book version, Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library!

Ugh, now I want a cat for our library SO BAD.

PS: I found this Google Map of all the library cats around the world. Apparently a good number of libraries still have them! Pretty cool!

Review Thursday: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Originally posted on GoodReads – Nov. 2011

So, yeah. Stephen King is still the master of suspense. In case you were wondering. In this latest behemoth of a novel, the plot runs something like this:

1) Guy goes back in time.

2) Guy prevents the Kennedy assassination.

3) Profit ???

4) Yeah… Not so much on the profit.

I really liked King’s approach to time travel in this. The method of time travel is a naturally occurring portal rather than a machine or otherwise man-made thing. Al discovers it completely by accident and has no idea as to how it works. All he knows is that it does work, and in exactly the same way every time. You simply step through the invisible doorway in space-time, and boom, there you are. But there’s a hitch. (Of course) Once you step through the portal, you always come out in exactly the same time. The exact same date and time, every time. When returning through the portal to the original side, the traveler loses exactly 2 minutes from the time they initially stepped through, no matter how much time was spent in the past. In this way, every time a traveler goes through the portal, to the people they encounter on the other side… It’s the first time they’ve seen you. Interesting. But of course this also means that if you want to get to a specific date anytime in the future beyond the original starting date… You must simply wait it out. There’s no quick and easy way for time travel in this situation. This is where it gets interesting.

BEWARE! THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!

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