Rena McGee

Freelance writer. Blogging about books, manga and anime and other topics since 2002 on various blogs.

Associate of Applied Science in Web Graphics Design 2012

Five Reasons People Who Promote “Natural Remedies” Drive Me up the Wall

1.  They fail to take into consideration the fact that the reason that the labels don’t actually say what the herbal extract or other substance is for is because the manufacturer is not allowed to make medical claims or refer to the substance as anything other than a dietary supplement. If they do take it into consideration, they make up a conspiracy theory....more

The Rare Personal Update Post

Due to being unsuccessfully semi-employed and reaching the end of my rope I had to move in with family. This has been a fairly easy transition so far. The only problem was that I spent more time agonizing over the situation and getting ready for the move than in continuing to write. (I did some writing, but couldn't get motivated to write because of depression and worrying about things I had no control over.)...more

Reading: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs Part Two

As I indicated earlier, I do not like John Carter. He is the squarest of all square jawed manly man heroes and I have never liked the pulpy square jawed hero type. (I generally prefer the snarky sidekicks or the grim yet reliable sidekicks. They are more interesting and I almost never want to hit them with bricks.) I also dislike him because of his being or having been a Confederate, but that’s an entirely different rant....more

Kagemono: The Shadow Folk

Book Review: Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire

This is the first book in a new urban fantasy series, InCryptid. It has a much more humorous tone than the grittier and darker Toby Daye novels and has a few romantic sub plots worked into both the main story and the back story. It is about a family of cryptozoologists whose ancestors decamped from a monster hunting organization known as the Covenant of St. George. The Covenant believes that all “unnatural” creatures should be exterminated, but the Prices believe they should be studied, and only hunted down if individuals prey on humans. ...more

Reading: A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs Part One

Because of the John Carter movie coming out, I decided to do a Re-read of A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs is not one of my favorite authors because of reasons. I have tried reading the original Tarzan books and have not been able to do that because Tarzan in the stories is a massively annoying tool....more

Thoughts Out loud...

There needs to be a Blog Her topic that includes random maundering about the general upkeep of your various journals and blathering about your less professional areas of writing. But there isn't. There should also be a Blog Her topic that involves "real" journal writing, as in "the general events of the day and or random things that occur to me." But there isn't....more

Skip Beat! Episode One “And Then the Box was Opened” --Recap

Skip Beat! is an anime and manga about a girl named Kyoko Mogami who decides to get revenge against her boyfriend when she finally discovers that he has been using her. The first episode opens with a story about a "locked box" full of potential that every person receives when they are born. From there, we are introduced to our heroine, Kyoko. She is sixteen and working to support her boyfriend Shotaro, a musician who is rising in popularity. Kyoko is sweet, cheerful and a bit of a doormat....more

A Princess of Mars/John Carter

Crossposted from other journals:Okay, I’m currently attempting to catch up on my reading of A Princess of Mars (I am horribly behind as I’ve only started on chapter five today.) And I found something in chapter five that kind of explains some of the story line in John Carter! (I'm doing a chapter by chapter critique of the book.) ...more

Marcus on Mondays: Meditation 7:20

One thing alone troubles me: the fear that I may do something which man’s constitution disallows or would wish to be done some other way, or forbids ‘til a future day. This note is not about the fear of failure, but the fear of being prevented by a natural limitation. This is about the fear that you will hit a roadblock in your goals because something prevents you. This is not a particularly comforting note, and is not intended to be....more
I was just having a conversation about the topic of limitations, seems to be a common ailing. ...more