Identifying a Family Photograph

Family photo from the early 1940s. My great grandmother is on the right. One of my classes this semester is a photography preservation class. Part of doing archival work around photographs involves identifying different photography processes. There are many ways of making a photograph, even from the earliest days of photography in 1839. Some photographs … Continue reading Identifying a Family Photograph

Welcome to Ink in the Archives!

A lot has happened in two years. First there's the obvious--a pandemic and a necessary growing conversation about race in the United States. Then there's the personal. My husband and I moved to the Bay area. I started a masters degree at San Francisco State in film, pivoted, and am now on course to graduate … Continue reading Welcome to Ink in the Archives!

Thanks for Everything!

My big adventures from the past year are in the slideshow: our wedding, our honeymoon in London and Edinburgh, our trip to Taipei, and my trip to Paris.   When I started this blog in 2014, I was working on my first book. I needed a way to write without really having to work on … Continue reading Thanks for Everything!

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Spring To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish. It's finally warming up here in Idaho. I've always liked winter, but the weeks and weeks of snow and below 10 degree weather have been getting to me. Normally, spring is my least favorite season (daylight savings is the worst), but this … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books on My Spring To-Read List

Combating “Alternative Facts”

Last month, Ursula Le Guin, author extraordinaire, sent a letter to the Editor of the Oregonian. Someone had just recently published a letter in the newspaper that talked about how politicians using "alternative facts" was no different than science fiction. Le Guin states that the two things could not be more different. Science fiction is, … Continue reading Combating “Alternative Facts”

Jane Austen Week: Northanger Abbey

Hamlette is hosting a Jane Austen week, where lots of bloggers are posting on one of our favorite authors. There are discussions of her books and the various adaptations they've spawned in film and further. You can find all of the other posts here! I chose to write about Northanger Abbey, one of the more overlooked … Continue reading Jane Austen Week: Northanger Abbey

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 of My Favorite Fictional Couples From Literature and Film

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Happy Valentine's Day! I hope you are feeling the love today. Valentine's Day has never been a really big deal to me. My fiance and I tend to do little things. He usually picks up flowers for me, usually … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 of My Favorite Fictional Couples From Literature and Film

Top Ten Tuesday: 5 of My Least Favorite Historical Periods

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish. Today's topic is a freebie, so I thought I'd address a topic that I missed last year--my favorite historical periods to read and learn about. But it turned out to be very difficult to narrow these down, and I really like to … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 5 of My Least Favorite Historical Periods

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I’ve Read Recently that I Wasn’t Looking For But Glad I Found

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and the Bookish. I think that you find books at the right times to read them...or you don't and you miss out on that book. Sometimes the book is the right one for you, and you can read it over and over again without it … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I’ve Read Recently that I Wasn’t Looking For But Glad I Found

Changing the Blog Name

If you look up at the top of your screen, you'll notice that the name of the blog is no longer "Aliza Shandel" but instead "Ink & Reel." I'm not going to be changing the domain name yet (I'll give a heads up before that happens), but I thought it would be nice to get … Continue reading Changing the Blog Name