Guess what! I’m writing a novel again. I’m really, really excited about this one. This April (and probably this July too!) I’m participating in Camp Nanowrimo. For those of you who don’t know what Nanowrimo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, which takes place every November. People from all over the world attempt to write at 50,000 or more. I regularly take part in this. Camp Nanowrimo is
Ever notice that college towns seem to have the best bookshops? This is great news for students and book lovers alike! What better place to study and hang out than a cozy bookstore that serves coffee? Laramie, Wyoming has two amazing little bookshops, and the unique thing about them is they’re connected to each other! The first shop, Second Story Bookstore, is located on the second floor of an old building, located downtown,
Looking for a good book to read this fall? Look no further. Fall is the best time of year to curl up with a steamy mug of cider and a good book. When the air gets frosty and pumpkins pop up everywhere, I reach for something special. Tis’ the season for spooks and magic, monsters and witches, mysteries and cozy nights by the fireside. I’ve compiled the ultimate fall reading list, full
This week I’ve been packing for the Promoting Passion Convention of 2016. What’s Promoting Passion you ask? Promoting Passion is a convention created by photographer, Brooke Shaden. Brooke created Promoting Passion to help creative people pursue their passions and make them into a careers. And people come from all over the world to attend. Multiple speakers will be presenting, from writers to photographers. There are even creative collaborations and group projects. Check out
Coming home to the Owlcrate box on my doorstep makes me feel all warm and happy inside. I just received my September box this week and I thought I would share it with you! If you don’t know what Owlcrate is, check out their website. Owlcrate is a monthly subscription box for YA book lovers. When you subscribe, each month you will receive a new YA title, and goodies that go with the theme.
One of my favorite vacations was a birthday trip to Key West, Florida. It’s such a strange and unusual place with a haunting history and quirky people. The Ernest Hemingway House was one of the highlights of the trip. The house is open to the public for tours and I HAD TO get a ticket. Past the brick wall, palm trees and tropical plants surround the house in
One of my favorite books is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you pick up a copy soon! It’s a beautifully written story, rich with magical realism and quirky characters. When I read it, I found it so haunting and unique that the feelings stayed with me long after I closed the cover. The best description I can give it is
We live in a world of terror, violence and hate. We read about tragedy after tragedy and are expected to go on working, learning and living our lives. But sometimes we just need to get away from it all, not because we don’t care, but because we care too much. Because it hurts too much Life can get really hard sometimes. We don’t always get to choose how we feel,
I have new obsession with secret places. One of my favorite things to do is visit different cities and find their underground taverns or back-alley restaurants. Even things like the Starbucks secret menu gets me excited. Perhaps my obsession started after I read The Diviners, by Libba Bray. It’s a story that takes place in 1920’s Chicago, a time of prohibition, when secret clubs and speakeasies where thriving. I may be
Nestled in beautiful Aspen, Colorado is one of my favorite bookshops, Explore Booksellers. This historic Victorian home was transformed into a bookstore that has been a part of the community for nearly 40 years. The cozy yet elegant atmosphere makes it the perfect stop for relaxing between ski runs and film festivals. Last fall, while vacationing in Vail Valley, I made it my mission to find all the bookstores in the area.