Saturday, April 28, 2018


Yes, typing that many exclamation marks was really necessary, because for the past few weeks mother nature has decided to start doing this weird limbo thing, where one day it's sunny and 80 degrees out, and then the next day it feels like I'm all the way back in January. But for the past few days, I've been able to go outside in a t-shirt and jeans and not run the risk of getting frostbite. Not to mention the leaves that are starting to grow on my apple tree. Which means that soon there will be apple buds--and I'm telling you, I look forward to smelling them every year. (I have yet to find an apple blossom perfume, but if I ever do, I will buy eight bottles on the spot.)

So, I think that it might finally be time to hang up my trusty denim jacket for the season.

Here's to hoping that summer is here to stay.

Have a spectacular Saturday!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Fun Fact Friday

Okay, no, I am not going to make Fun Fact Friday a weekly thing--I'm too busy to remember to post two days a week--but I thought that this just needed sharing:

There are more public libraries in the United States than there are Starbucks!

I don't know if you guys will find this as exciting/shocking as I do, (probably not--next to no one gets as overly-excited as I do) but I just thought that this is awesome--because seriously, Starbucks are everywhere nowadays.

Have a magnificent weekend!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Elizabeth Strout

Today, I was extremely lucky to be able to hear an author talk, presented by none other than Elizabeth Strout!

If you're not familiar with her books, Strout has written Anything is Possible, Olive Kitteridge, and many other titles. She won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel, Olive Kitteridge, and made Number One on the New York Times bestselling list with her novel, My Name is Lucy Barton--and she's just as talented of a public speaker as she is a writer.

Strout spoke with Scott MaLar, who is the Executive Producer of a daily news program called Smart Talk. Both Strout and MaLar gave an extremely captivating presentation, and if I ever have the chance, I will not be hesitating to see Elizabeth Strout speak again.

Strout shared that she had wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember, and that her mother was a very big help in her journey to become such a successful author. When Strout was a teen, she realized that she could only see the world through her eyes, and that made her sad, because everyone has a hidden side to their personalities that people might not get to see. So, she focused on exploring her own characters through different points of view, in order to compensate for the lack of being able to do so in the real world.

Strout's journey to becoming the well known author we know today wasn't a cakewalk either. Strout claimed that it felt as though she had waited tables in every restaurant on the east coast. She got many rejections on her road to being published, and after being momentarily discouraged, she went back to college to get her law degree, and interestingly enough, she took no writing classes, as she felt that the people in the class weren't the right ones to share her work with. She then worked as a lawyer for six months, and even later down the road, decided to apply for nursing school, but didn't, on account of not being able to fill out the unnecessarily complicated application form.

Thankfully, she got signed and published.

One of my favorite pieces of advice that Strout offered for authors is that you have to let your characters be themselves to the fullest extent, even if it's not what you had originally planned. She states that, "The more you think a character should be this way, the more one-dimensional they become." In other words, you have to trust your characters to make the right decisions for themselves.

I can feel myself merging into the Elizabeth Strout fan-base, just as many of her previous readers have done so already.

If you want to know more information about Elizabeth Strout or her books, you can find her website HERE.

This book talk and signing--combined with the fact that my dog found a way to get his leg stuck inside a lunch box--made my Thursday one of the best I've had.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Froot Loops

So, yesterday I was eating a mini box of Frosted Flakes for breakfast, and my friends proceeded to make fun of me, because apparently I was eating them wrong. I am *supposed* to pour the milk in the cereal bag and eat it with a spoon. I personally prefer dry cereal (yes, I know I'm weird).

I promised that today I would eat my cereal correctly.

Well, my friend told me that she was going to open the bag for me. She was struggling with the plastic seal. We both heard a "pop," but because the top and the bottom of the bag were both still sealed, I didn't think anything of it.

I jokingly told my friend not to spill the Froot Loops.

Friend decided to tease me and fake-dump the still sealed bag of Froot Loops over my head.

Except it wasn't sealed.

The popping noise that we had heard was the side flap splitting open. So when Friend turned the bag over my head, I was doused with colorful cereal.

Friend is no longer allowed to open things for me,

Weekly Wednesday Writing Prompt

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Weekly Wednesday Writing Prompt

Yes, the egg in the prompt is a reference to Easter.

And yes, I did upload this around 9:30 PM, but hey, it's still a Wednesday!

Maybe I should start setting reminders for myself about this.

Happy Writing!

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