• The Other Side of 180 and 95,000

    Ever since I started this writing journey, I’ve become obsessed with numbers. How many words per day? Pages? Chapters? Words per chapters? Age I should be when publishing a book? It’s an endless cycle of attempting to compare myself to the norm and feel comfortable. Sure, I should know the suggested word count of my genre and targeted demographic, but that doesn’t mean I have to fastidiously fit into those parameters. 25 isn’t the magic age for being “successful”. And a chapter needs to be long enough to achieve it’s goal. Despite constantly ignoring numbers and suffocating their importance, I find myself in a place I never though I’d reach.…

  • Busy vs. Productive

    **Disclaimer** The woman pictured above is not me, but some amazing human who was biking her tiny, pampered dog around in a basket. This post is brought to you by severe plaque psoriasis. Seriously. If I hadn’t thought about how clear my psoriasis has gotten in the last few weeks, Stephen would’ve never said something that sparked this post. So thank my skin condition and husband for this one. In the last few weeks, it’s cleared up considerably. I’m at the peak of my medication, but even that shouldn’t make it as clear as it is now. When I said as much to Stephen, he replied, “You’re in a better…

  • The Demon of Comparison

    Today I want to talk about a particular demon of mine: comparison. It hitcehs a ride at the most random moments. It showed up in middle school a few times during the budding years of popularity contests and the need to impress boys. It went mute during most of high school because I was too busy with marching band, photography, theatre, and friends. Comparison was still with me. He was just taking a backseat nap. He reared his ugly, pimple-coated head about… four weeks ago. Diving back into writing, exercising, theatre, and a million other activities has been healthy for me, but it’s encouraged my negative demon to vault over…

  • Fresh Reads Friday– Crooked Kingdom

    For the past week I’ve been slowly making my way through the sequel of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows. Crooked Kingdom, in every way possible, is exceeding the beauty and hype that the first one left me (and millions of others) with. At this point, my husband knows that whenever I’m talking about a book, I’m raving about this one. Warning: This blog post is filled with LIGHT spoilers, mild literary talk, and a truck load of fangirling. The first thing any reader will notice about these books is their stunning beauty. I will admit that I judged this book by it’s cover, and the cover was gooooood. It presents…

  • Progress

    I belong in the percentage of the population that believes a new year is a time to recreate, redefine, and restructure. It’s not a time to start from scratch, but it’s definitely a time to attach a re- to most verbs. I have a lot of aspects in my life I want to re- this year. Revitalize my energy for hobbies I enjoy (writing, reading, and hiking). Recalculate what I want in life and reevaluate how to get there. Someone on my Facebook mentioned her family has a tradition of picking a word that will help define their year. It seemed like a great way to mold myself toward a…

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