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Wardrobe Basics: The Midi Skirt 1 (Failure)

Wardrobe Basics: The Midi Skirt 1 (Failure)

Toward my effort to make my own wardrobe basics, I tried my first sewing project on a sewing machine since middle school. My grandma bought me this sewing machine (affiliate) for Christmas 2017 (thanks, grandma!), and I was excited to make a black midi skirt to show...

How to Find “Wardrobe Basics” Cheaply and Ethically

How to Find “Wardrobe Basics” Cheaply and Ethically

Ever heard of the capsule wardrobe? It’s an idea coined by Susie Faux in the 1970s during a surge of minimalism, and referred to a wardrobe containing between 12-30 items total—usually neutral pieces and essential layers. But now that Pinterest has got its hands on...

Syllabus to the Knowledge of Everything (Updated 2018)

While I have a degree in English with a minor in history, I'm severely disappointed in my lack of knowledge of literature, language/linguistics, history, philosophy, religion, geography, astronomy... and basically everything else. I also have OCD tendencies and very...

August 2017: A Semi-Monthly Update

August 2017: A Semi-Monthly Update

In May, I wrote about how I'm "still cooking," and how this applied to my move to Asheville, NC. I can now ecstatically report that hubby and I made it safely to our new apartment. I've been crafting my wee fingers off in order to decorate our new, bigger space; see...

May Updates

May Updates

"You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it's from years before you knew them?" — Val Josephine (@Valsephine) May 1, 2017 "It's like they're not quite finished; they're not done yet." — Val Josephine (@Valsephine) May 1, 2017 Or, in other Doctory...

VAL 101: Intro to Me

VAL 101: Intro to Me

I am an expert on nothing, and I am not beginning this blog as an authority on anything, or even as a conglomeration of other people’s writing tips. Sometimes I’ll write about writing about speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, and gothic/horror); sometimes I’ll write about how the universe looks from my tiny, insignificant little corner of perspective. Mostly I’ll just write.

Citrus!

I LOVE citrus fruits! They're great to eat as breakfast or a snack, their bright colors adorn a home quite well, the smaller varieties are great for throwing, lemon is an amazing cleaner, and lemonade is the best drink there is (plus a fantastic album). This isn't...

Egyptian Pi(e) Day

You may know that Pi(e) day is celebrated on 3/14. It's a day commemorating the mathematical beauty of Pi (3.1415 etc) with the culinary beauty of Pie.  But today I learned that Ancient Egyptians, whose mathematical skills did not progress beyond the average U.S....

Cultures are not museum pieces to be contemplated; they are lives of human beings to be lived. So it is inappropriate to romanticize any aspect of culture that is either misery and injustice or linked to misery and injustice. Thus, when Fre´de´rique Marglin romanticizes the lives of devadasis, child temple prostitutes, on the grounds that they preserve beautiful traditions of dance, this seems a misplaced nostalgic reaction that objectifies the misery that such girls suffer, taken from their families at a very young age and subjected to sex without consent.

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Hi! I'm Val Josephine, a speculative fiction author.

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