Laid bare I am,
Words with which to play,
Fun, silly, some scary, mostly specs,
I wish to share them with you,
So, WELCOME, all, stay
Read, chat, and slay . . .

A bit about me —

I assemble words in ways that may interest you, or inspire you to write. Although my writings may contain certain elements of what would typically be found in certain genres, they may not always be easily pegged as belonging to one. Under My Content to the right of my blog site, I’ve created six different categories to define my posts, which may be snippets, vignettes, free verses, poems, or complete shorts.

Listed below is a description of each category. Please note that the posts in Short Stories, Bits & Pieces, and Poetry are a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of my imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.

Short Stories – various genres, which include horror, mainstream, and anything that crossbreeds with mainstream or a breed unto itself

Poetry – haiku, limericks, odes, free verse, and such

Bits & Pieces – sketches, strange or silly stuff, mostly humorous bits

Morsels – recipes (see Cuisinista* below)

Musings – opinions about current events or life in general

Reviews – rankings and/or brief summary about the movies and books (mostly fiction) I’ve consumed; as of 4/23/16, I’m referring to my reviews as blurts because they are more of shout-outs rather than analysis

As a voracious reader, I would be considered morbidly obese. While I consider books as the main entrees, then movies are desserts–and I have a hell of a sweet tooth. Too bad I cannot go back and share with you all the mountains of books I’ve read and all the reels that made me forget what’s real, but if I find that I’m not reading or viewing movies as much since I am now doing more writing, I will attempt to go back in time and write what I can recall.

*I also consider myself a Cuisinista (kwi-zeen-ista; a word I coined), one who has cooked for decades and keeps up with anything related to food.

How is that grain of wheat grown and sown and affect my bone? What is the trend, myth, or truth about our food sources? To keep up, I avail myself to the regular updates of EWG (Environmental Working Group–http://www.ewg.org/ ) and CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest–http://www.cspinet.org/), among others.

If you like seafood, I highly recommend http://www.seafoodwatch.org/ as a resource to guide you to choose the “cleanest” and safest seafood, given all the pollutants around us and the mercury level concern in our fish.

The recipes I created, or you may consider as modified (for what is original anymore), are based on my experiments, readings, and taste testings. Although I don’t mention them in my recipes, the ingredients I use are mostly organic. I also try to purchase products that are non-GMO.

Lastly, I have a day job, so I write as soon as I get home.

84 thoughts on “About

  1. Cuisinista is a great word (thanks for creating it!), I’d also be obese if weighted by my book consumption!
    Looking forward to trying new recipes. I’m trying to get better in the kitchen these days, with kids and all (can’t have frozen pizza everyday, can we?).


  2. You’ve obviously heard this before but you’re a very talented writer. Its amazing how your word play reveals innumerable meaningful possibilities. Excellently intellectual work!

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  3. Hey Karina. You obviously know your way around the blogosphere so I’m curious to learn what you think of the various declarations nominating a blogger for an award. My cynicism rises each time I get one and I cannot for the life of see who benefits from what appears to be a pyramid-style scam for generating followers. Am I wrong?

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        • As a writer and blogger on many topics, you would be interested in a Cultural Studies research paper I’m writing right now as part of an MA in film. I’m comparing two 2016 documentaries, one is “Princess Diana: The People’s Princess” and the other is “Embrace” (see review at mine).
          Now you might ask WTF? At deeper levels of cultural manipulation, the former continues a legend which is about the idealisation of female physical beauty and the iconography and mythology of fairytale dreams which so disempowers women. The latter is a very interesting and subversive counter-cultural statement about the shaming of female bodies which some psychologist regard as as “the master emotion… because no other affect is more disturbing to the self, none more central for the sense of identity” (Kaufman, Psychology of Shame). Embrace is an important documentary because “The way of out of the shame impasse, as shame psychologists tell us, is the recognition of shame and the narration of the shame story. But because there is shame about shame and because we tend to look away from other’s shame, attempting to avoid shame contagion, the telling of such stories is risky business” (Bouson, 14).

          Sorry this is so long; promise not to do it again.

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  4. Wow, that’s alot to swallow ! I think I’m going to enjoy it here.. I’m in agreement about organics and humane responsible sustainability in fishing, farming and livestock My favorite tuna made me enjoy tuna all over again.. It’s troll and pole caught only and cooked in the can right away.. No water, just juices from the tuna.. The difference is night and day to me.. Always glad to find like-minded people on the food we eat..

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  5. Hey there Karina! Just clicking around the blogosphere and commenting on blogs that I think are fun and interesting, and you’re one of them. October is my birthday month, so consider this an invitation to my month-long birthday party. Hope to see you over at That’s So Jacob sometime!

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