April was SO BUSY for me. I hope that it was less stressful for the rest of you dear readers. Here’s all the stuff I did in April, and to a calmer May that SHOULD see the end of my time as a daily reporter, and an increase in joy!

Books I Read:

Historians on Hamilton Anthology | The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco | The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes | The Underwater Ballroom Society Anthology | Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellission | All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor | The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton* | Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee T. Blauersouth | Team Phison by Chace Verity | Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee | Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault | West Winging It by Pat Cunnane (DNF) | Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed | The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope (DNF) | Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages | When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker |

posts I WROTE:

Review: The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding | Review: A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert | Review: Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier | Author Interview: Leandra Vane | Review: Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi Review: The Underwater Ballroom Society Anthology | Author Interview: Jean Ramsden | Review: Over Raging Tides by Jennifer Ellision | Character Interview: Yael from Secondhand Origin Stories | Review: Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee T. Blauersouth | Author Interview: CJ BedellReview: Historians on Hamilton Anthology |

Links i liked:

Implementing Nonbinary Language and Pronouns in Your Vocabulary | How to Brainstorm Scene Location Details from a Panic-stopping Technique | LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE – Ace Rep and Analysis | Fork Theory  | A Brother’s Presence | Character and author interview: Hitomi and Intisar from The Sunbolt Chronicles | What a budget can (and can’t) do, and why you should (really) have one | How Your Snail Mask Gets Its Slime Is a Big Secret | Emily X.R. Pan wants to change the way we talk about mental health — and Asian moms | CONSTRUCTING A KINDER FUTURE | In ‘The Pisces,’ a Woman and a Merman Fall in Love. Aquatic Erotica Ensues. | Hot Wet Goobers | Janelle Monáe Frees Herself |

In public part of meeting, workers praise county social services agency | ‘Gut-wrenching stories’ aired in closed session; social services board votes to take ‘appropriate action’ | Kaine tours Ikea plant a decade after he attended ribbon-cutting as governor | Chatham training exercise aims to help emergency responders, local officials in event of disaster | Officials investigate deadly fire in Danville; three blazes in one night overwhelm crews | Pittsylvania County administrator raises question of Land Use Program | Sheriff’s office: Ricky’s Market in Pittsylvania County robbed at gunpoint | Danville man barricades himself, children in residence Monday evening | Video, Narrative leaves extended family with questions | Two officers identified in fatal Danville shooting on administrative leave until probe completed | Latest plan lessens real estate hike, increases personal property rate, adds $120 solid waste fee | Pittsylvania County deputies called in to help with crowd at hospital following officer-involved shooting | Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services to undergo assessment after complaints | Pittsylvania County adopts budget with tax hikes for residents | Supreme Court asked to weigh in on uranium mining debate | Officials: One Blairs fire appears to be set, another under investigation | UPDATE: 83-year-old school bus driver facing charge in crash; 8 students taken to hospital | Delegate tours Pittsylvania County schools to hear safety concerns | Average age for Danville school bus driver: mid-60s; county official says ‘not a statistic we keep’ | Danville, Pittsylvania County students rank in financial literacy program | Old Chatham Armory may see new life as mini-school for Ready for Success program | Science, bacteria and recycled clothes at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research | Tracing roots to 1958, Ringgold organization celebrates 60 years of growth, service |

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