Stringing words together and hoping for the best

Hi, I’m Cristina, a writer and a bibliophile. My stories explore subcultures through characters with complex motives. My goal is to help people empathize with each other while telling a rollickin' good tale. Here I share my stories, my writing process, and thoughts on all things literary. Enjoy!

To the Grand Dame of Crime

A love letter to Ruth Rendell

Let's Play!

The intricate dance of work and play in the creative process

The Wayward Mother

Character Study No. 1

The Inaugural Voyage

My (not-so) great character experiment

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Carnaval, Upstate
By Cristina Hartmann
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Library Girl
By Cristina Hartmann
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Don't Be Sad, Be Happy
By Cristina Hartmann
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Monsters Under the Bed
By Cristina Hartmann
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Asta's BookBarbara Vine
Magic for Beginners: StoriesKelly Link
Bounty: the True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty by Caroline AlexanderCaroline Alexander
The End of the AffairGraham Greene
Never Let Me GoKazuo Ishiguro
Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest StatesJames C. Scott