Unexpected

When I was in 6th grade, my classmates and I participated in a program at a place called Exchange City. Basically, we were to apply for jobs, learn how to interview, and, once our positions were secured, we went on a field trip to a makeshift "city" set up where we were told to run... Continue Reading →

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Favorite Tropes

Writers are often advised to avoid certain tropes in their writing, but let's face it... some tropes/cliches are unavoidable. And some are irresistible! Tropes and cliches can be bad, don't get me wrong.  They are dreaded and spurned for a reason. They can break a story and turn a reader away from a book or... Continue Reading →

Rena

(Here's a short story I wrote a few years ago and have always been fond of. Hope you enjoy!) Grayson Hightower did not understand what it meant to be happy. He was not a superfluous man. He was a businessman. Forty-five, living in a posh penthouse overlooking the harbor—and he had yet to spot a... Continue Reading →

The Things We Connect With

When you read a book, what are the things you connect with? Are there certain factors that stand out to you more than others? I read mostly YA, but I don't shy away from any particular genre, and do stray into adult literature on occasion. For me, there are a couple of elements that leap... Continue Reading →

Just in Case

I don't know if there is an official name for something like this, but I have come to realize that I suffer from a syndrome that I refer to as "Just in Case-itis." This affliction often goes hand-in-hand with a plague of "What if?"s. I am incapable of packing for anything - be it a... Continue Reading →

Five Life-Changing Reads

Every avid reader has a favorite book or two... or seventy-six. But some of those notable or obscure titles can be life-changing. So, here's a list of some of the books that have changed my life - not only as a reader, but as a person! 1.) Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie - Most folks... Continue Reading →

In Between

Millennials get a lot of crap, these days. But I think  folks forget that the age range of millennials covers a lot of ground. A quick google search told me that millennials include everyone born between 1982 and 2004. That's people currently aged 14 to age 36. So criticism of millennials comes across as skewed,... Continue Reading →

Favorite Books and Films 2018 Edition!

Favorite books (in no particular order!) 1.) Nine Coaches Waiting - Mary Stewart I cannot believe I knew nothing about Mary Stewart until this year. Set in the late 1950's, this particular tale is about a sharp young governess named Linda who must protect the life of her charge Philippe, and how she becomes entangled... Continue Reading →

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