Hollywood, Take Notice: Jim Henson-Style Puppets are Hot: Toby Froud’s Film Greeted by Enthusiastic Sell-out

Lessons Learned Poster

Deep in the heart of the Hollywood District in Portland, Oregon a very magical film premiered this past weekend. Filmmaker Toby Froud, best known as the baby stolen by Goblin King (David Bowie) in Jim Henson’s ’80s fantasy film Labyrinth, resurrected the Hensonian tradition of live-action puppetry on the big-screen. Froud’s film, Lessons Learned opened to [...]

The Goonies’ House is Alive and Well in Astoria, Oregon

The Goonies' House

I had a fantastic weekend down in Oregon. One of the highlights of the trip was stopping in Astoria to see the house where “The Goonies” was filmed. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve seen “The Goonies.” If you haven’t seen it…seriously, where have you been? The film was the brain child of Steven [...]

Book Reviews: Five Gothic Ghost Stories

Printer's Devil Court Susan Hill

I’ve been looking back at some of the memorable Gothic fiction and ghost stories I’ve read this past year and wanted to share my favorite reads. Some are modern, some Victorian and Edwardian, but all are creepy-delicious. 1) “Printer’s Devil Court” by Susan Hill First off, I love Susan Hill to pieces. Hill wrote “The [...]

Gowns Inspired by Ariel’s Purple Dress in ‘The Little Mermaid’

Ariel Purple Dress

Out of all the gowns featured in “The Little Mermaid,” my absolute favorite was Ariel’s purple dress that she wore when running through the water to reunite with Prince Eric. The long dress is ultra dreamy with pretty sparkles and a slit accentuating the flowy skirt. Recently I was searching around for some gowns that I [...]

Critically Acclaimed Gothic Illustrator Abigail Larson Dishes on What it’s Like & What it Takes to be a Full-Time Artist

Abigail Larson

Enter the wicked world of critically acclaimed gothic illustrator Abigail Larson. Abigail is a lovely lass who’s work has been featured in many galleries across the United States and Europe, including the Museum of American Illustrators in New York and The Poe Museum of Richmond. Her illustrations have also graced the pages of: “Spectrum Fantastic Art,” “Art Fundamentals,” [...]

Dreamy Frozen Prom Dresses Inspired by Elsa’s Blue Gown

Elsa Frozen

“Frozen:” The newest fairy-tale retelling in the long, successful line of Disney princess movies. I loved the film and the most magical moment was Elsa’s decoration of her ice castle and the dazzling transformation into her new sparkly, blue ensemble. It totally reminded me of Cinderella’s blue gown revamp right before the ball. Sometimes as a [...]

What Victorians thought Dinosaurs Looked Like

Thomas Hawkins

I’ve been doing a lot of research as I begin wrapping up my first draft on my pop sci-fi novel “Origin.” After I sifted through some data yesterday, I stumbled across this Victorian drawing and had to share. This is an illustration by John Martin completed in 1840. The work was featured in “The Book of [...]

‘Jem and the Holograms’ Inspired LPD’s (Little Pink Dresses)

Jem and the Holograms Dress

Not too long ago, I was thrift store shopping and found the cutest pink dress at Goodwill. The dress totally reminded me of something Jem from “Jem and the Holograms” would wear. This sparked an idea to do a full post dedicated to the LPD (little pink dress) and further fuel my Jem obsession. Because if it’s [...]

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture Trip (Pictures)


Just a quick post today. Took at trip to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture last week and I thought I’d share some of the photos. The tour was lead by paleontologist and geologist Dr. Tom Braziunas who was also the instructor for the recent dinosaur class I took. There was an interesting discussion during [...]

Seattle Paleontologist Explores ‘Jurassic Park’s’ Dirty Little Secrets & Intriguing Dinosaur Facts

Jurassic Park Raptor Claw

Dinosaurs. Those monumental beasts that have captured the imaginations of millions. Capitalizing on this global fascination, author Michael Crichton and director Steven Spielberg tapped into the high concept idea of bringing these monsters back to life. “Jurassic Park” made an estimated $1 billion worldwide in gross revenue and ignited a new wave of dino fever. I was [...]

Day Trip to Snoqualmie Falls, Washington

Snoqualmie Falls

Took a quick jaunt out of the city and up to Snoqualmie Falls yesterday. The falls are located about 30 miles east of Seattle and are part of the Snoqualmie River. It was lovely up there and while I was exploring the premise, I found out some interesting facts: 1. The falls appeared in the series [...]

Betcha Didn’t Know that Alexander the Great’s Sister was a Mermaid

Alexander the Great Mermaid

Researching a novel is one of the most enjoyable aspects about writing fiction. I’m always picking up interesting facts that might not make it into a book but are still fun to share. My upcoming young adult novel entitled “Origin” has been extremely research intensive. It is a supernatural pop-science book that revolves around long [...]