Welcome to Word-for-Sense

Hi! My name is Talia. I see you’ve found my website. I write about books, literature, language, paganism, philosophy, writing, travel, school, and basically whatever falls under the various umbrellas of “Talia likes this” “Talia thinks this is important” “Talia knows a decent amount about this.” The content of this website falls into a few different categories, which I’ve outlined below.


My blog posting schedule has varied over the past almost two years that I have been running this website, but the current posting schedule is a minimum twice monthly post on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, but typically every Wednesday.

The categories of posts on my blog are quite eclectic, but the most prominent of them is my series of book reviews. You can read through the book reviews in isolation via clicking the ‘Book Reviews’ tab above, or by checking out the book reviews page for a comprehensive list.

Historically, many of my academic posts are a bit wibbly-wobbly in terms of content mostly as a result of my using the premise of whatever I was studying that week as fodder for a blog post. My most recent interest these days is in Comparative Religion, with a particular focus on Neopagan traditions. This was the combined topic of my Capstone and Proseminar papers my final semester of grad school, and the interest continues to linger.

This ties in well with my philosophical posts that are more reflective, where I muse about my theories about how the world works and our place in the universe, though some of these end up being very Talia-centric since my reflections tend to be very introspective.

Since I am also a huge nerd, I do make a fair share of posts that have to deal with the world of fandom and how we can think deeply and critically about the role of popular culture in our lives, often tying the topic in with the ideas of some of the previous posts.

On rare occasions I have guest writing on my website in the form of blog posts written by someone other than myself.

Publications, Writing & Translation Samples

I have included a list of some places where my work has been published, as well as writing and Spanish to English translation samples. Some of the linked content are blog posts and some are papers that I completed while still a student.

Adventures In Pages

One Book Adventure At A Time

Let the celery rot

▷ ▷ ▷ Go after authenticity with all your heart. ▷ ▷ ▷ Destroy the insulation between you & your experience. ▷ ▷ ▷ Shatter this ruse you call necessity. ~ Louise Erdrich

Thracian Exodus

Nomadic Musings of a Wandering Polytheanimist

The 2020 Boston Writing Workshop

Get Your Writing Published: October 3, 2020

Trish Hopkinson

A selfish poet


transgender & nonbinary resources

Deanna Writes About...

Another Perception of the World Around Us

Unapologetic Enthusiasm

Classics, Judaism, and All Things Nerdy

Roving the Two Lands

A former New Atheist following Wepwawet into Kemetic polytheism


For Your Entetainment

Own Your Content

Own Your Content is a campaign from WordPress.com & CreativeMornings, encouraging creatives to own their content, platform, and the future of their work.

Hachette Book Group

The Official Website of Talia Franks

Elodie Under Glass

in vitro veritas: science, feminism and the media

Dobby's Sox

The Boston Area Chapter of The Harry Potter Alliance



We Are Star Stuff

A blog about mythology, the stars, and the new mythology, comics.


Book reviews with an Asian Americanist lens

The Green Wolf

Artist & Author Lupa

The Druid's Garden

Spiritual Journeys in Tending the Land, Permaculture, Wildcrafting, and Regenerative Living

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