Category Guide: The Tempest’s Baedeker

**Note – since I first created this blog, I’ve decided that I’ve given up on trying to stick to a common theme, and that I will write about whatever I well please instead! (refer to the “Miscellaneous” section below). However, these categories still illustrate a variety of my interests, so I’ll leave them up for now 🙂

A more detailed guide to what this blog is really all about!

Books and Movies

Two of my favorite things. Here I shall write about them with reckless abandon. Sub-categories may include Book Reports, Character Studies, Fabulous Quotations, and other ruminations.

History Crush Wednesday

Anyone I might admire, and why I admire them. I also reserve the right to publish these posts on days other than Wednesdays, just to be contrary.

Erroneous Factoids

Everybody makes mistakes. Here I shall crusade against historical inaccuracies prevalent in our societal memory, while also trying not to make pretentious, scholarly  nuisance of myself.

Fact is Stranger than Fiction

History that is generally not taught in school, that inspires my life, and that I think everyone else should know.

Yarn Soup

Look mom! I made dis! Shameless plugs about my triumphs and failures in the age old art of needlecraft.

Haute Fashions Gone By

These posts shall encompass all manner of period clothing, and why I think they should make a comeback…or not!

Word of the Week

Wordsmith:  A person, especially a professional writer, who uses language skillfully. A person who coins new words. (Webster’s NewWorld Dictionary – Third College Edition).

While I rather like the poetic imagery of a hunky author smelting words out of a red-hot forge, I find the reality no less fascinating: a scholarly personage grubbing through a dictionary, or someone making note of an unfamiliar word as they read.

In high school, I would keep track of unfamiliar or interesting words that I came across while reading and formed them into a list, to be looked up later. This began whilst reading the works of David Eddings, a man who is unafraid to use interesting words in his narratives (I learned the word defenestrated from an argument between two characters over it’s validity as an actual word. Yes, it’s an actual word.) I found the practice an excellent tool to encourage personal growth as a native English speaker and writer. Words take their place amongst the great and terrible beauties of this world: the great power that comes with great responsibility. Let’s learn some more!


A veritable dumping ground of the imagination. Huzzah!