Struggles of a New Dog Owner

The past two weeks have been a challenge each and every day. Why? Because I adopted a sweet little dog named Winnebago. While incredibly cute, Winnebago has some baggage that makes what would be simple things pretty challenging. Let me tell you about Winnie.... Winnie was surrendered to the Lawrence Humane Society by her owners.... Continue Reading →


Personification in Writing

Personification breathes life into everyday objects allowing them to take a bigger role in the story. It's a device that lets the sun be tired, the candlelight to dance, the chair to sit tall backed and proud, and the Earth to fall stricken with grief.

Week One of NaNoWriMo

Word Count: 5,636 Where It's Supposed To Be: 11,667 Words Per Day to Finish On Time: 1,849 I took the weekend off and I'm still writing/ editing today. Thoughts So this week I've really been trying to reread and rewrite. I find myself rewriting most of the scenes completely. It's also been a long time... Continue Reading →

It’s NaNoWriMo Season

Hello everyone! I haven't published a blog post in a really long time but I hope to change that with weekly reports on my writing progress this NaNoWriMo season. For those who don't know what NaNoWriMo is, see my blog post about it here. This year for NaNoWriMo I'm going to be a rebel. In 2014... Continue Reading →

Time Capsule

Over the years I have written in half-filled journals, my pen filled with worry and excitement and frustration. It's my personal time capsule. Today someone posted about their impending graduation and  I remembered that almost one year ago I graduated college. I looked through my journal, one year back, to April 22, 2015. One year ago today,... Continue Reading →

Five Benefits to Reading More

“A book is made from a tree. It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts (still called "leaves") imprinted with dark pigmented squiggles. One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head,... Continue Reading →

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

If you're looking for a quick read about a girl doomed to live in the bubble of her own home due to a rare disease, look no further than Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. “Sometimes I reread my favorite books from back to front. I start with the last chapter and read backward until I... Continue Reading →

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