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    What I’m Reading: April 2019

    I’m not sure if y’all should even trust my reading opinions, as I just got an email informing me that the book that I suggested to my very conservative book club is filled with profanity. Attached were links to newspaper articles that summed up the true story instead. Whoops. (The book was Juniper: The Girl Who Was Born Too Soon by Kelley and Thomas French, in case you were wondering.) When I finished Pride and Prejudice in all its many forms, I was left with a period drama sized hole in my heart. As I searched “BBC” on Amazon Prime, I came across Middlemarch. I had heard of it before,…

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    The Firth Conversion

    I have loved Jane Austen since I was in high school. As a woman with a degree in English, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. I have an unlikely favorite, Persuasion, which is an opinion I will defend to my grave. But, this is not about my alarmingly similar personality to Anne Elliot. This is about the most popular Austen novel, Pride and Prejudice. I was at a book club meeting the other day and we were discussing BBC mini-series adaptations. One of my friends started gushing about the 1995 Pride and Prejudice and I nodded along. Then, she started going in on the 2005 film version. “I love . . . I love . .…

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    Clueless at Valvoline

    As we’ve already established, this blog is where I go to divulge my random thoughts to the faceless void of the internet. I also sometimes post updates about upcoming projects (Observation is in the final stages and I’m almost finished with a second book!) But, mostly the random thoughts thing. So, I wanted to share a classic Quinn misadventure. Come with me to the magical realm of oil changes. I’ll admit it. I know next to nothing about cars. My older brother would mock me in high school for not knowing how to drive stick, but then refused to teach me because he didn’t want me to wreck his car…

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    How the Marvel Cinematic Universe Inspired My Next Book

    In high school, I ran with a very nerd-centric crowd (shocking, I know) and I always imagined that my love of video games, superheroes, and comic books would come in handy when finding a husband. Unfortunately, I ended up marrying a man who had never played a video game in his life and desperately needed a movie education. While we were dating, it was a pet project of mine to show him the best movies that he had missed in his life under a rock. Jurassic Park, for example. Recently, my husband has been very stressed out by work and I wanted him to have a little escape. So, I…

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    Flashback Friday: Austen Riggs

    A few weeks ago, I posted a short story I wrote in high school. This time, we’re taking it even further back. I don’t know exactly when this was written, but based on the character names, it was sometime in elementary school. I loved reading this because it seems like such a precocious piece. I was taking ideas from things I was reading to create my own story. You can tell that I was very into science fiction when I wrote this. Once again, I’m not going to make any correction to preserve my elementary school charm. However, I couldn’t resist adding some notes. (They will look like this) Austen Riggs…

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    Flashback Friday: Visiting Hours

    My mother recently gave me three boxes full of preschool drawings, art projects, and every report card that I ever received. She told me that I needed to sift through them and keep what I wanted. I thought that the purpose of those boxes was for her to remember my childhood, but alright. In going through the massive boxes, I found several short stories that I had written during my years in school. One in particular came with a certificate that said I won second place in the county short story competition. I have absolutely zero memory of this competition, which is alarming because it wasn’t that long ago. My sophomore…

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    Creed Thoughts

    Whenever I pull up this blog, I feel kind of like Creed Bratton from The Office, just typing my nonsense into the faceless void that is the internet. I was in high school when The Office first aired and my favorite character was Jim Halpert because obviously. But on my second, third, and (ahem) fourth viewings of the series, my opinions began to change. I think Creed Bratton is the best character on The Office and here’s why: Creed knows how to get what he wants.  Creed is absolutely unapologetic in taking what he wants from people. I am a people-pleaser to a fault and I think this is one area where I could benefit…

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