Book Stuff, Personal

The Reader’s Best of Chicago 2016 – RUNNER UP!

  So the Chicago Reader has an annual issue where Chicagoans all over can vote (free!) on The Best of Chicago in categories like food, entertainment, sports, and more. It's an awesome way to bring attention to the awesome things about Chicago, as proclaimed by Windy City citizens themselves. Apparently, my novel On The Isle of Sound… Continue reading The Reader’s Best of Chicago 2016 – RUNNER UP!

Disney Odyssey, Personal

Happy Birthday, Disney Odyssey!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, April 5th 2016 marks the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Disney Odyssey! On the one hand, I can scarcely believe it's already here, and on the other, we've only just reached #19 of the current 53. It is a little daunting, but I promise we're aiming to pick up… Continue reading Happy Birthday, Disney Odyssey!!!

Non-Fiction, Personal

Dinner, Dancing, and Remembering the Titanic

You are cordially invited... On Saturday, April 9th, 2016, I'm pleased to announce I will be participating in a very swanky and unique event. Midwest-located lovers of history and/or the 1997 James Cameron blockbuster film will be pleased to discover that there is a special re-enactment dinner taking place at the Al Ringling Mansion in Baraboo,… Continue reading Dinner, Dancing, and Remembering the Titanic

non-comprehensive list, Non-Fiction, Personal

Life Goals (Great and Small) For 2016

A Non-Comprehensive List I understand I'm well over two months late for New Year's Resolutions but WHAT CAN I SAY I like goals and lists so here we go! In 2016 I will be attempting to... Stay active with exercise and other activity - yoga, stretching, body weight exercises at home, and dance (ballet, ideally). Even though… Continue reading Life Goals (Great and Small) For 2016

Non-Fiction, Personal

“Oh, Kiddo!” – Remembering Nan

"Now tell us your name." "My name is Alyson Grauer." "Hmmmmmm." I stand still, watching Nan peer thoughtfully at me behind her owlish glasses. My classmates are silent, listening, watching. I know I'm not supposed to feel nervous, but being on the spot in front of Nan is inherently an intense place to be. This… Continue reading “Oh, Kiddo!” – Remembering Nan