Sono Ritornata

Well, I’m back from St. Louis! It feels so good to be home, though I already miss my brother and his family. I absolutely love my sister-in-law, had fun talking writing and playing Dominion with my brother, the new baby melted my heart (yay, cliche!), and the little boys kept me busy. My nephews are funny kids, particularly M who’s 3. He says the funniest things. I thought I’d share some of my favorites:

While watching Thor, the scene when Thor and Natalie Portman are on the roof of her building:

M: “Heeey Thooor, why are you camping?”


M was really interested in my luggage and the things inside, particularly my make-up. He liked to “help” me with it, by dabbing my lips with my lipstick and dotting my eyelids with my eyeliner. Then, he’d pronounce me, “So so so so so so so beautiful.”

Another time, he was fascinated by my vitamin bottles. After I explained to him what the pills were for, he took the bottles to his older brother C, and said, “Hey C, look at these two interesting things.”


He is very enthusiastic about life. After playing with my (not amazing) phone, he declared, “This is an amazing phone!”


The boys asked me to do an impression of the Mr., including telling them some jokes he likes:

Me: “[Mr. Atkins’] jokes aren’t really appropriate for your ears.”

M: “Or your hands.”


So, I don’t know if those will be as funny to anyone else as they were to me, but oh well!

And my giveaway closed last night! So, without further ado, the results:

Number 6 is Georgia Summers. Congrats! You’ve won a famous and signed copy of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I’ll email you shortly so we can set up the shipping deets. Thanks everyone for entering! And welcome to the new commenters!

Regular posting schedule starts back up with Friday Fun tomorrow. I’ll be trying to get caught up on all your blogs this weekend. I hope your NaNo’s are going well.

And did I mention that missed y’all? Like crazy, I tell ya. Y’all rock my writing world. ^_^

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

7 thoughts on “Sono Ritornata

    1. Thanks! I missed reading yours too! I kept up on all my “skimming” blogs, but saved all of my “commenting” blogs for when I returned. Those are the ones I most connect with. The internetz were quite lonely for the last week.

  1. Congratulations to Georgia Summers :D

    Three year olds come out with some great things. The children I work with at school are largely 3 and sometimes I can’t tell if I’m working with the next generation of geniuses or if they’re all completely barmy!

    Welcome back!

  2. Kids never fail to crack me up. My twin nieces just turned four, and they’re full of weird kid-isms. After they stayed with us for a week (and wrecked our house!) my husband told one of them that we were going to have to sanitize the whole house once they went home, and she said, “But it’s not even Christmas!” Haha…

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