“Captain’s log: Stardate 1513.1. Our position: orbiting Planet M-113. On board the Enterprise, Mr. Spock, temporarily in command. On the planet: the ruins of an ancient and long-dead civilization. Ship’s surgeon McCoy and myself are now beaming down to the planet’s surface…” And thus began, on this day 50 years ago, the first episode of the […]

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Water is pretty much omnipresent where I live. Unless we’re in a drought, “Louisiana Summertime” usually means a thunderstorm every day: dark clouds roll in from the Gulf, and once they’ve dumped their load they leave behind the sweet, heavy smell of rain and an oppressive humidity that makes your hair and clothes stick to your skin. The Gulf […]

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I just wanted to assure all my readers: yes, in spite of the horrific flooding in Louisiana, my family and I are all fine. Our house is safe. Light debris, very full ponds, and washed-out gravel in the driveways are the only indications that anything was ever out of the ordinary on our street. Drive about […]

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If you want the short version, here it is: Star Trek Beyond is the finest installment of the franchise reboot, and I absolutely loved it. Of course, short versions are always a little simplistic, so allow me to wax eloquent for a few more paragraphs 😉 Over the past year I’ve become a walking, talking Star Trek: The Original Series […]

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It’s here, it’s here, it’s finally here! The first full-length trailer for Star Trek Beyond is in our possession. Move outta the way, Batman v Superman and Captain America–it’s time to boldly go from now till July 22! After dissecting the trailer I have many opinions and theories, and I’m extremely pleased with what we actually know about the movie and the hints Abrams/Lin/Pegg have packed into […]

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A week ago I saw the latest and definitely the greatest Marvel installment! And hey, we actually got to see it the day after it was unleashed on the American public, so the suspense of waiting to get to the theater wasn’t bad at all. (*breathes a sigh of relief*) Very mild spoilers from here on out. 2016 […]

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“Her name, to which various people had recently been appending curses, was Ael i’Mhiessan t’Rllaillieu. Her rank, in the common tongue, was khre’Riov: commander general. Her serial number was a string of sixteen characters that by now she knew as well as she knew her fourth name, though they meant infinitely less to her. And considering […]

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This movie review is dedicated to the family and friends who put up with my shrieking every time new set pictures came out, my hyperventilating when Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, and Gal Gadot showed up unexpectedly at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, and my whispering every time someone said something nice about Ben Affleck, “Yeah well, I liked Batfleck before […]

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As a rule, I try not to write about politics anymore on this blog. It’s too controversial, and I really do want my blog to be a happy, refreshing place where I talk books and movies and life and Tumblr memes. Sometimes, though, I’ve just got to say something. I’ll try to make it brief, […]

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A toast to the groom! To the bride! From your sister Who’s always by your side To your union and the hope that you provide May you always be satisfied! (Lyrics from the musical Hamilton) I have a sister-in-law. Oh my gosh. *I* AM A SISTER-IN-LAW!!! And I couldn’t be happier for my brother TJ and his […]

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(*dons a deerstalker*) (*assumes Vulcanesque science-nerd demeanor*) (*in spite of the fact that science is not one of my strong points*) (*except for NASA history astronomy, I’m good at that*) (*also goat obstetrics*) Ahem. It all began with a simple case of “curiosity, Mr. Decker…insatiable curiosity.” I decided to conduct an experiment via Twitter… We have […]

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Getting ready for a wedding: My brother and his fiancée are getting married in March, and I’m going to be a bridesmaid! One of 15 bridesmaids, to be exact, counting flower girls, junior bridesmaids, and senior bridesmaids. We’re all wearing different styles, but the color scheme is baby blue and this is what mine looks like. […]

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Goodbye, 2015! So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye–AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! In some ways 2015 was tough. It was full of transitions, changes, recognizing personal weaknesses and flaws, and learning to move beyond them. Not all transitions and painful introspection are bad, of course.  There have been wonderful developments, even if they’re just little things shifting and molding deep inside […]

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Well, I hope everyone had a fan-TAB-ulous Christmas! I certainly did…full of cookies, Golden Retriever puppies (well, just one puppy–it’s my aunt’s new baby and I’m in love), Star Trek/Star Wars presents, gumbo, and an abundance of wrapping paper and happy giggling. And yes, I DID see Star Wars: The Force Awakens! I won’t give spoilers, but suffice it […]

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IT’S HERE!!! IT’S FINALLY HERE! (Or rather, it will be tonight!) I am aggressively avoiding all spoilers from now until Sunday afternoon, which is when we plan on seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I won’t read a single article, I won’t even search for it on Twitter to see what people are saying. I promise. […]

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(I can’t take credit for the following Adorable Cleverness and I can’t even find out who wrote it. There are, apparently, various and slightly-different versions all over the internet. But I laughed my head off and couldn’t resist posting it here, with a few very minor edits.) Twas the night before Christmas and all through the ship […]

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There’s Christmas music playing downstairs even as I write this. Josh Groban’s Christmas CD, to be precise. I have 9 hours–9 HOURS, PEOPLE–of Christmas music on my phone. And I did nothing but listen to it yesterday while I was at work. Needless to say, music is an important part of the holiday for our family! And […]

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(*staggers back into the blogging world looking rather haggard and clutching the metaphorical pencil and notebook like my life depends on it*) I commend everyone who’s trying to complete a 50,000-word novel in one month, because I’m trying to write a 7,500-10,000 word short story in that same amount time and good golly Miss Molly […]

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A thousand and one thanks to Miss Elisabeth Grace Foley for sending me this tag–because just like her, I’ve been so engrossed in my own novel writing that I’ve had little time to spare on blogging. But attention Fellow Novelists: go check out her blog! I know she and I have been running in the […]

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A couple of weeks ago, while I was in Destin with some friends from church (I had a great time, by the way–absolutely love the beach!), Jamie of Through Two Blue Eyes nominated me for the Bedtime Movie tag. I thought this was a pretty unique tag; originally, it was about “Bedtime Books” and can still be […]

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