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2015 Reading Challenge

For the past few years, I've given myself a reading challenge. Every year, I strive to read at least 52 books, but somehow this year, I managed to drastically surpass my goal and read 100+ instead. As such,  I wanted to take some time to look back on what I read, who I read, and what I want to incorporate into my reading list next year. Graphic Novels/Manga: Uzumaki Volumes 1-20 by Junji Ito Coraline by Neil Gaiman Fables Volume 1-5 by Bill Wilingham Locke and Key Volumes 1-6 by Joe Hill Swamp Thing Volumes 1-3 by Alan Moore Batman: Rules of Engagement by Andy Diggie The Sandman, Volume 6 by Neil Gaiman Children's Books: The Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton Poetry: Blood Wallah by Robert Borski Resonance Dark and Light by Bruce Boston Eden Underground by Alessandro Manzetti Argot by Fred Shaw The Robot Scientist's Daughter by Jeannine Hall Gailey Wolf: An Epic and Other Poems by Z.M. Wise At Louche Ends: Poetry for the Damned and the Absinthe-Mi

My 2015 Year in Recap: Pittsburgh, Ireland, Lexington, and Lots of Writing

It’s hard to believe that another year has almost come and gone. I feel like I just wrote my wrap-up from last year. Having said that, this was a huge transitional year for me. I’ve been comfortably working in my new job now for a little over a year and a half, I’ve said goodbye to a lot of bad habits and people, and I’ve learned to appreciate the good and the importance of experience. As such, I wanted to take the time to remember some of those moments. Here’s my 2015 recap:   I successfully planned for and worked my first Pittsburgh residency at Carlow University where I met amazing writers, students, and colleagues such as Joseph Bathanti, Kristin Kovacic, Jane Coleman, Jan Beatty, and Gerry LaFemina. I participated in a reading at Frostburg University. I did an art/blog series for Women in Horror Month (all of which can be found here in the MADHOUSE), and then I drove to Baltimore and sat on a Women in Horror Panel, sponsored by Raw Dog Screaming Press. I attended my first