Can You Go Home Again? Teacher To Tourist

From 2009-2010 I lived in Depok, Indonesia as a United States Fulbright Fellow.  I both loved and struggled with my time abroad, but I made my little corner of Depok a part of me.  Part of my home.  When I left a year later, friends despondently waved from my house gates, and I sobbed my way through my 2-day trip back to the States. Not ready to go, the situation felt even more desperate by not knowing if and when I would return. Who would I become in relation to this country.  And if I did return, would Indonesia even feel the same?  Would what was once so innate to my daily routine become foreign to me?  Underneath, would Indo feel like déjà vu inspired from a dream–a removed experience, a ghost, something no longer my own? I questioned: Can you go home again, truly? Or once you leave, does that…

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Empress Of All Seasons: Book Review

Imagine growing up in a village of strong women. In a world much like my alma mater, Smith College, women rule this mountainous city.  Mothers cast baby boys down the river and young girls seduce men only to marry them and runaway with their possessions. Ok, maybe the similarities stop at all women’s dwelling, but you get the idea. Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean is a new YA feminist fantasy novel featuring much needed diversity in teen fiction. Pairing Japanese folklore with dystopian adventure, follow along with Animal Wife Mari as she fights to become Empress of all Seasons. Love, betrayal, prejudice, war–Empress Of All Seasons has it all. Book Review: Empress Of All Seasons by Emiko Jean In the village of Tsuma, Mari and the Animal Wives live isolated and free from men. Beautiful and deadly, these women are powerful mythological creatures known as yōkai. Each woman can transform into…

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Blogging Tools and Tips For The Newbie Entrepreneur

Recently, I restructured The Uncorked Librarian’s website to make resources, posts, and stories easier to find.  Be sure to visit and check back with TUL’s permanent and new Blogging Resources page, which will receive frequent updates.  This new page will also index all blogging tools used and related posts.  Each new indexed post will provide a summary to better help you find what you need faster.  Before I share blogging tools that helped me these past 6 months, I have a few questions for you, my reader. Readers, Followers, and Fans: I’d Love Your Input: As The Uncorked Librarian moves forward into the New Year, I would love to receive your feedback.  What do you want to see more of?  What interests you the most?  On the flip side, what frustrates you about the site, and what is boring you? I find most of my traffic derives from Pinterest and…

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Book Review: The Witch of Willow Hall

Content Warning: Note that this content warning will also alert you to a few major spoilers.  The Witch of Willow Hall begins with a disturbing animal death and includes a vivid miscarriage, attempted suicide, incest, and child deaths. Get ready to enter a world of social scandal where any misstep will force you to move your family out into the country. Of course, this isn’t a small family secret or an issue that can just disappear. Plus, it is 1821—a time where women still have fewer rights and act submissive in their respected households. Cyrus wants to marry you for money? Sure, why not? Add in a tentative romance, vengeful and depressed ghosts, unexplained powers, and an eerie cast of women ranging from pure and sweet to vengeful and crude.   Meet The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox, a brand new adult gothic fiction title that ties in romance with…

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Make Money Blogging: Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers

As you know, I am an advocate for living a life of fulfillment and happiness. A life that you are excited to wake up to, are passionate about, and love. For me, that life is about blogging: helping other bloggers, reviewing new books, and sharing unique travels. As I grew up, making money blogging and turning my passions into a remote career seemed impossible. How could anyone make money blogging? Within the past year, I began learning and studying successful bloggers who make anywhere from $10,000-$120,000 a year. Many of these bloggers, freelancers, and digital nomads offer digital courses, sell products, and secure income through numerous social media channels. At times, the overload of information is overwhelming. Where do you even begin or how do you start to make money blogging? For me, affiliate marketing for bloggers is one of the easiest ways to monetize a blog, and you can…

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Remote Life: What Not To Say To The Blogger In Your Life

Hard To Grasp Life Concepts: Children, Travel, and the Remote Life  Has anyone told you that being childless in your 30’s might be one of the hardest life choices that you face? You will come across hardships in your 30’s that no one will ever warn you about, except for maybe Bridget Jones. For one, if you are a childless woman who either cannot have kids or chooses not to procreate, everyone around you will whisper, question, and judge. You become an enigma—an evil spritely boozer but also some sort of magical and free sorceress with time and money for luxuries like yoga and travel. People dislike you and approach you warily. Some envy you. Others, thank god, could care less. All the while, you slowly drown in a sea of pregnant friends and baby showers.  I swear babies just start falling from the sky. You suddenly gain status as…

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