Author Archives: NeriSiren

The greatest Independence Day party ever

And by Independence Day, I mean the Lithuanian one, of course. The ultimate expression of Lithuania’s year-long 100th anniversary celebration happened the first week of July in Vilnius, and hardcore LT fan that I am, I was there to see … Continue reading

Posted in festivals, folklore/fairy tales, literary travel, Lithuania, mermaids, music, out-of-book experiences, selkies, writing | 5 Comments

And how’s YOUR summer job? (mermaid edition)

Ah, the summer job.  A classic coming-of-age experience for many teens —  a chance to learn responsibility, gain new skills, and earn some extra clams.  My first job back in high school was, of course, shelving books at my hometown … Continue reading

Posted in family, fantasy, graphic-novels, LGBTQIA, mermaids, re-reads, romantic | 6 Comments

An ode to the Meet Cute: a short story month post

May is Short Story Month, so a few weeks ago, I checked my library catalog for recent(ish) Juv/YA short story collections and discovered these two:                          One is a … Continue reading

Posted in LGBTQIA, romantic, short stories | 2 Comments

A soundchronicity walk for Lithuania

First, a shout-out to Lithuania’s entry to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest: In honor of the 100th independence anniversary, the Lithuanian NGO Music Export Fund has compiled a Spotify playlist of 100 songs from 1918 to the present, from the … Continue reading

Posted in historical, Lithuania, music, out-of-book experiences | 4 Comments

The comics update: Mystical planets, skateboarding ninjas, and Azzazian warrior queens

Another Free Comic Book Day come and gone.  Fort Wayne has several great comics shops, as well as an amazing downtown library, so I definitely wasn’t lacking in places to hit up for free comics.  The library even had special … Continue reading

Posted in comics, fantasy, folklore/fairy tales, graphic-novels | 4 Comments

“Spring has come again already” – Lithuanian poetry through the ages

My Lithuanian Year continues as I delve into more of the Baltic nation’s literary history.  For National Poetry Month, I’ve decided to research five of Lithuania’s best-known poets, from the nineteenth century to the present.  From the age of the … Continue reading

Posted in folklore/fairy tales, LGBTQIA, Lithuania, poetry, romantic, Scholarly Musings | 4 Comments

“Stink bugs are temporary. Love is forever.”

As I mentioned the one other time I got political on this blog…I don’t usually get political on this blog.  I usually keep La La Land and Washington very separate.  But once in a while, a thing happens that deserves … Continue reading

Posted in favorites, humor, LGBTQIA, news, opinion, picture books | 11 Comments

Love, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Book Rating:  4.95 out of 5 magical worlds where everything is made of Oreos. Movie Rating:  4.5 out of 5 kisses on the Ferris Wheel So, yeah, Simon the book is sweet and adorable and heartwarming, and the movie, though it has … Continue reading

Posted in adaptations, favorites, humor, LGBTQIA, movies, romantic | Tagged | 4 Comments

Tales from the land of the Nemunas

Back in 2013, I wrote a post on some of my favorite Lithuanian children’s stories.  Today, in honor of the March 11, 1990 re-establishment of Lithuanian independence (Yep, Lithuania actually has two independence days! 😀 ), which re-asserted the Declaration … Continue reading

Posted in folklore/fairy tales, Lithuania, picture books | 5 Comments

An ode to the books I Did Not Finish (Juv/YA edition)

In the past eight years, I’ve reviewed plenty of amazing books, less-than-amazing books, really-kind-of-terrible books, and just-plain-meh books.  The reading experience has been a mixed bag of awesomeness and problems, but there was always something in each book that kept … Continue reading

Posted in comics, fantasy, folklore/fairy tales, historical, Lithuania | 2 Comments