It is what you read when you don’t have to that will determine what you will be when you can’t help it. - Oscar Wilde
Before I could read or write I filled up pages with curly scribble that I thought resembled cursive. I had special permission from the librarians and my mama to pick from the adult section when I was seven years old. I finished all the sixth grade reading materials in the second grade. For my senior project I wrote a story about a country woman turned city prostitute who commits suicide in the Great Depression, and I acted it out in front of class. In a nightgown. I was that kid, the one with the hand waving maniacally in the air next to you, fluttering your papers and making your hunched shoulders more noticeable in comparison. Actually, if you’re that kid, what are you doing here?
Predictably, I grew up to be Laura Confer, holder of one BA in English and working on being a Master of English (I mean, having a masters degree, same diff). I am an online student (transplanted to various locations from the Deep South of Alabama, hence the online-ness), mother, knitter, photographer, and wine connoisseur (not really). Some of what I read is dictated by school, especially the horrid MA exit exam, and you will see that reflected here as well as other types of fiction, nonfiction, news, biography, poetry, children’s and YA fiction, and anything else that pours out of my brain. I think readers have a passion to share with others who love books and stories as much as they do, and so consider this site to be the place I unleash all those geeky demons who just want to read, drink tea in the afternoon, and get nitpicky about when the Romantic period started.