• Reading List

    What I’m Reading: August 2018

    As y’all know, I recently took a vacation. I took advantage of my time away from writing books…to read books. I spent the majority of every day sitting by the pool or the beach, reading. It was the best vacation ever. Let’s talk about what I read! War Storm by Victoria Aveyard I loved Red Queen when I read it back in 2016. The world was unique and it stood out from the other YA dystopians cluttering the shelves. (Three possible love interests instead of two? Groundbreaking!) I pride myself on being able to call twists, but I was continually surprised by the shifting plotlines in Red Queen. Then came Glass Sword. Sigh. Mare followed…

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    My Mexican Vacation

    Hey y’all! I just got back from a weeklong vacation in Riviera Maya, which is just outside of Cancun. When my husband graduated from law school a few months ago, we knew he was going to need some time between taking the bar exam and beginning his job to relax. Apparently, our immune systems took the relaxing a little too seriously because the day we got home, we both came down with colds. I guess that means this is a perfect time to blog, as it doesn’t require you to be able to breathe through your nose. Sigh. I had never been to Mexico before this trip, so I didn’t…

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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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    What I’m Reading: July 12th 2018

    The last time I checked in to tell you my reading list, I was deep into young adult fantasy. I’ve adulted up quite a bit for this installment, which means that my reading material has been much more depressing. Intellectual stimulation and melancholy are synonymous, apparently. Let’s start with the most confusing of the books I read this month. My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews came highly recommended to me by an internet person whom I can’t remember. The Goodreads synopsis was incredibly intriguing: V.C. Andrews, author of the phenomenally successful Dollanganger series, has created a fascinating new cast of characters in this haunting story of love and deceit, innocence and…

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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…

  • Reading List

    What I’m Reading: May 25th, 2018

    My book club read The Scarlet Letter this month. I hosted book club. I didn’t read the book. Have any of you read The Scarlet Letter? I had every intention of reading it. I’ve been meaning to try it again, ten years after my failed first attempt, but I just couldn’t put down the Throne of Glass series long enough to read anything else! My Goodreads list “want to read” list is almost 200 titles long. By the time I get to a book on that list, I’ve usually forgotten why it was on there in the first place. When I saw “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas…

  • My Books,  Observation

    New Book: ‘Observation’ — coming soon!

    My first book is hitting Amazon at an undisclosed date sometime in the near future! And yes, that was incredibly vague, thank you for noticing! I signed on with Eburnean Books a few months ago and have been working on Observation ever since. It’s a novella about a new teacher, named Erin, who starts working at a high school in Kentucky and falls in love with both the profession and a certain male coworker. I taught English/Language Arts for several years before starting my writing career, so a lot of the book was inspired by my personal experience. I did not fall in love with any of my coworkers, but I…

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