Wednesday, May 4, 2011

What I’ve Been Up to At Friend of Dorothy Wilde

Hello! I see I still get quite a few hits over here, and thought it might be time for an update.

I’m still blogging over at Friend of Dorothy Wilde, which has the same content but a little bit more gay.

Okay, a lot more gay. :D

Anyway, here are all the reviews I’ve done over there so far. It’s safe to say that their content carries over—if you like Francesca Lia Block, you’ll probably like these books too.

very lefreak


Very LeFreak by Rachel Cohn
Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg
About a Girl by Joanne Horniman
The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittany Ryan
Secrets of Truth and Beauty by Megan Frazer

Love & Lies: Marisol’s Story by Ellen Wittlinger



How Sassy Changed my Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time by Kara Jesella and Marisa Meltzer
A Homemade Life: Life Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg
Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties by Marion Meade
The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer: Activities and Amusements for the Curious Paper Artist by Emily Martin

16 Things I Love About the Doris Anthology, by Cindy Crabb
You Are Among Friends: Advice for the Little Sisters I Never Had by Lindsey J. Markel



Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs
Beadalicious: 25 Fresh, Unforgettable Jewelry Projects by Sonya Nimri
Lovely Things to Make for Girls of Slender Means by Eithne Farry



Handmade Love by Julie R. Enszer



I also did a list of 36 Books for the Feminist Adult YA Reader, which proved quite popular!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hi All!

I've noticed a spike in traffic, so welcome!

If you would like to check out more of what I've been doing, visit my new blog:

Friend of Dorothy Wilde

and especially its accompanying tumblr:

Peace out!


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Not Dead, Merely Pining For the Fjords

Hello all!

I'm still here--I had to take some time off for numerous school/life/work related reasons, but I'm back with some exciting news to come in the next couple of days.

If you'd like to see what I've been up to in the interim, check out, my tumblr full of magic, wonder, books, and what is colloquially called Teh Gay. Comments are enabled, so feel free to share the love.

Avec <3,

Monday, April 13, 2009

Life Artists 2: How to Turn Your Town into a Surreal Wonderland

That first post on Guerrilla Art-in-the-Round (as Lisa dubbed it) was so popular that I've been collecting links ever since for a second go-round.


*Cartoonify your life with a Sharpie and some pingpong balls, courtesy of  Want to see this Muppetification on a grand scale? Check out FilthyLuker's DeviantArt gallery.

*Zoomdoggle strikes again with their Fun-O-Meter, a spiritual successor to the late, lamented Gumball Poetry. For fifty cents, you get a fun idea, a toy, and a quarter. Can't beat that in this town!

*The Toy Society started as an Australian street art project, but now "spreads the love throughout the streets of the world. Nothing to it really just a bunch of handmade toys looking for a nice home. "

*Got a steady hand and some chalk? Create your own choose-your-own adventure story on the streets of your neighborhood, just like the Mission Stencil Story

*LexofGreen is the one of the heir apparents of the glamourbombing community. Her fae (read: devious and quirky) sense of humor shines through her work. Seen here are her watchful trees, but I also love the havoc she wreaks with balloons and toy dinosaurs

*Fellow NYC denizens: you are lucky enough to have three guerilla art-ing collectives in your midst. Improv Everywhere is the one with the elaborate pranks, Flux Factory does the strange and thoughtful installations, and Newmindspace is all about having childlike fun on a giant scale.

All fired up, but want something to keep you company when curling up in bed after a long day of chalking? Here are a few guerilla-arty titles

13littleblue 13 Little Blue Envelopes is too much fun to give a lot of the plot away, but when its heroine discovers a series of letters from her beloved late aunt, she sets off on a whirlwind tour of Europe to do good in others' lives and make the world a more whimsical place--as well experience some crazy adventures of her own! It's very Amelie-esque for the teen set, and I love it.



disreputable The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks is smart, funny, and cleverly full of inspiration for girls displeased with the social status quo. When Frankie's barred from her boarding school's boys-only secret society, she takes inspiration from the Cacophony Society and turns the Basset Hounds onto their heads, raising awareness about the inequalities present on their prestigious campus. Sound boring? Not when the Library Lady, a hound made of produce, and a kidnapped guppy make their appearance!


                                                                                                                                   lovestarLove, Stargirl is the superior follow-up to the infamous title about a magical girl who transforms a school, then leaves under mysterious circumstances after human nature kicks in. The sequel proves that Stargirl is no Manic Pixie Dream Girl, but a very human teen with hope and heart and plans to bring her community together in unique ways




Queen Geek Social Club The Queen Geek Social Club is rather on the light side for LSL,  but its heroines--who start a social group for misfits and plot screwball schemes with the help of a fussy but kind-hearted house robot--are charming enough to warrant  a check-out from your local library. I could do without Shelby's love interest in this volume and the sequels--he's a whiny, possessive drip--but the musical numbers, Feed the Models campaign, and ping-pong proms will keep you entertained.

Kathy Cano-Murillo's Novel!

Most of you know the Crafty Chica for embellishing every surface she can get her glitter-loving hands on, as well as her tender and funny family stories. Now she's combined the two in her new novel, Waking Up In the Land of Glitter, due in March 2010.


Struggling domestic-goddess-in-training Ofy is determined to turn heads at this year's International CraftOlympics. To do that, she'll need the help of her best friend, Star. Considering herself a serious artist, Star is hesitant, but finally agrees to help as a way to end her own creative slump. Truthfully she thinks Ofy is a little loca about the whole craft thing - and about her idol: Local TV personality, Crafty Chloe. Star doesn't trust the bottle-blonde, even after she becomes part of their crafting team. As the competition heats up, Star will learn Chloe's dirty  little secret, why crafting means so much to Ofy, and that beauty, art, and creativity can take many more forms than a canvas hanging in a gallery.

Sounds just like my kind of novel! Bonus fact: this book started out as Kathy Cano-Murillo's Nanowrimo novel--so don't let anyone tell you they're ALL worthless.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Amazon Fail: A Quick Update

Via awesome reader/blogging buddy Lisa Chellman:

If you follow Neil Gaiman on Twitter, you already know this, but for the rest of us: has made the sickening and, apparently, homophobic maneuver of hiding sales ranks for a slew of books with LGBTQ content. These sales ranks are tied in with whether/how books appear on sales lists and come up in searches on Amazon. In other words, we've got an issue of visibility and accessibility as well as (un)equal treatment here.

Read the whole post here.

Read more at Alterdestiny, reported by former Mag intern/political/comics journalist dynamo Sarah J.

Up-to-the-minute updates are found at Twitter keyword #amazonfail

I will be boycotting and its affiliates until they explain themselves, at the very least. All book links will lead to Powell's, Booksense, or WorldCat as appropriate.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Real Change of Face

Hey Awesome Readers!

You've probably noticed it's gone a bit quiet round here--I've had a crazy month. (In one word? Girls. In several? Girls and grad school.)  I still love LSL and have absolutely no plans to leave it (Working on a couple of reviews as we speak, as it happens). However, I needed something fresh. That, my loves, is my No Longer Secret Other Blog:

girls. books. food. art. love.

All the wonderful, whimsical, weird content you love here in bite-size pieces throughout the day. Content's a little less sweet and a little more twentysomething over there--think The Sassy Minx (<3!) as opposed to Pink World. If you're so inclined, you can wade through the archives--I put up almost 200 photos, links, and videos in the past month.

Speaking of, don't get a Tumblr. It will eat your life.

By the by, new Francesca Lia Block interview over at my other new favorite blog, Deer Women. It's all about her new books. I also just fired off a quick email to the lady herself to see if I can find out a bit about that dating guide. (If you know me at all, you know exactly what the question was...)

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