bullet points all the way down.

(note: this is not a review of Turtles All the Way Down, though I do expect to do one in the future.)

Okay, honestly I have a lot going on right now and I don’t have anything for today’s TTT (I did a similar post last year), so I’m going with a 2013-style what’s-on-Emily’s-mind post. Because it’s this or nothing.


  • I had a pretty severe migraine yesterday, which is one of the reasons why I don’t have a post ready for today.
    • I only started getting migraines about two years ago, and they don’t come very often, but this one hit me like an explosion. I was fine all day, getting a lot done at work, had just finished meeting with a student and sat down to finish editing the paper I was on. I was mid-word when it hit.
    • It was a sharp pain at the outer corner of my left eye. It came and went several minutes apart. I took medicine to dull the pain, but it kept coming at a higher frequency. I made it through the rest of work but couldn’t do anything afterwards except lie in a dark room and listen to a podcast.
    • It didn’t go away until about 7pm.


  • I know my posts have been sporadic lately. I always have some excuse, but it’s really just hard for me. I didn’t have a blogging schedule for six years of blogging. I’ve really tried to have some sort of structure this year, but it’s really difficult.
    • I have a full-time job at a university as a technical editor. (Some of you may not know that. I don’t talk about it on the blog very much.) I mostly edit theses and dissertations for graduate students.
    • I love my job, but it’s mentally draining. I’m the only editor on staff, so there’s always a lot to do. I come home some days and don’t want to do anything that requires a lot of thought.
    • So between that and trying to spend quality time with my husband and enjoying my free time, blogging can sometimes become difficult. I love it, though. I’m probably never going away. I just wanted to explain why a strict schedule is probably not something you should expect here. It just stresses me out too much.


  • Turtles All the Way Down comes out today but I still haven’t finished reading Artemis so…I’m in a rough spot.
    • Artemis is literally my first real ARC ever so I must treat it well.
    • BUT I’m having such a hard time getting into it. I’m over halfway now and it’s just…I don’t like it very much.
    • But everyone will be reading Turtles which means spoilers which means I need it in my brain as quickly as possible.
    • I’ll probably be avoiding Goodreads until I sort this out.

  • I’ve been researching evolution a lot lately.
    • Well, really for the last two years, though I haven’t said much about it. Where I live, the majority of people are conservative Christians, so even the thought of evolution is revolting to most. I know that if I talk about it as much as I think about it, the people I grew up with would judge me. They think I’ve “lost my way” or whatever.
    • I haven’t lost anything. I’ve just been educating myself, filling in the gaping holes that my high school and college conveniently left empty.
    • I took biology in high school. My teacher told us she would be skipping over evolution. She also basically told us that carbon dating was nonsense. (how do you even teach biology without mentioning evolution? urrgghh).
    • We learned about Neanderthals in world history. Not once was it even mentioned that they’re a separate species of human. They are not homo sapiens. I always thought they were just like, primitive people that lived in caves. No. They’re just one of many extinct species of homo.
    • My church growing up explained evolution with a picture of different animals changing into each other, like a fish changing into an alligator changing into a hippo changing into a dog. (which, just so we’re clear, is not how it works).
    • The thing I’ve found about evolution…once you actually study it, it makes sense. It makes more sense than just about anything else I’ve ever learned. I had such a moment of clarity that I never had anywhere else. The facts are there. They aren’t debatable. The theory of evolution takes those facts and gives them a name. I think the only reason why so many people are able to deny it is because, like me, they weren’t actually taught it.
    • Don’t go into biology if you are afraid of evolution. I feel like this shouldn’t have to be said.
    • Evolution is totally a thing that happened and still happens and there is a tremendous amount of evidence to prove it.
    • I have many more thoughts on this topic but I’ll save them for another time.


  • Kazuo Ishiguro won the Nobel Prize for Literature and I’m super excited about it.
    • I’m pretty sure Never Let Me Go is my favorite book. I love it so much. It’s so beautiful and haunting.
    • The Remains of the Day is really good, too.


  • I can’t get this songified sermon about Pokemon out of my head.


  • NaNoWriMo is coming! 
    • By some great miracle, you can now change usernames on the NaNoWriMo website. I was stuck at egallaher even though that hasn’t been my last name since the first half of 2014. But now you can follow me there @ mixedmargins
    • Also I’ll probably be doing a whole NaNo-prep post on my playlist, book cover, novel info, etc., but I wanted to tell you guys about the desktop calendars I use every year. They’re created by Kiriska on DeviantArt and are seriously the best. I find them to be incredibly helpful during November.
    • It’s pretty much the only month out of the year that I change my desktop from the default image.
    • I’m writing a new adult romance this year which is…new territory. It’s not like hardcore romance or anything, but still a genre I’ve never tried out so…we’ll see.




How has your week been?
Any tips on dealing with migraines?
Thoughts on evolution?
Planning to participate in NaNoWriMo?


  1. Katie
    October 11, 2017

    When my husband was a kid, he heard from some christians that dinosaur bones were put in the earth by Satan to make people believe in evolution. XD It’s just as hilarious as it is sad.
    I hope the migraines lay off, they sound terrible. :s
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      October 12, 2017

      LOL. Yes, dinosaur bones are just a conspiracy. Move along, nothing to see here.
      I remember I asked my pastor when I was a kid how dinosaurs fit into the story of Adam & Eve. He never gave me a straight answer.

      Yeah, migraines are no fun. I’m lucky that I don’t get them too often. 🙂

  2. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
    October 13, 2017

    That’s a bummer that you’re not enjoying Artemis more. I have an ARC of it as well and have been really looking forward to it since I loved his first book so much.
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      October 16, 2017

      I hope you like it! It seriously has a lot of potential. It just didn’t settle well with me, unfortunately. 🙁 I’ll be posting a full review sometime soon.

  3. Astilbe
    October 24, 2017

    Migraines are really awful. I hope you recover from your last one soon.

    I wasn’t taught about evolution when I was growing up either. When I finally studied it, I was really surprised by how much it made sense. There are a ton of books out there that are accessible to people who don’t know much (or anything) about the topic and want to learn more. It has been very interesting to catch up on everything I missed, and I’m glad you’ve had the same opportunity.
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