Autumn

All seasons have their own unique appeal and their own exclusive perks. My favorite season used to be winter…. until I learned how to drive. After several horrifying and near life-ending experiences navigating snowstorms in my old Subaru and my current Nissan, I no longer hold such favorable opinions of winter. Winter is also mega-depressing,Continue reading “Autumn”

A Few Words

Scrounging up confidence, battling insecurity, and facing internal and external opposition is a day-to-day struggle for some writers. Myself included. And it’s not only with writing – it can bleed into other aspects of life, as well. It has been difficult lately to sit down and write and work on queries. Nagging “what ifs?” andContinue reading “A Few Words”

DNF

As an avid reader, I try my hardest to adhere to the policy that if I start a book, I must finish it. I am far more strict when it comes to films – especially if I am seeing them in theaters – but still have similar standards for books. I don’t like leaving unfinishedContinue reading “DNF”

Jury Duty

Parking garages should not be so full this early. The clock says “7:11.” And the paper said be here by “8.” I knew I should have stopped at Starbucks. Though the world’s strongest latte could not prepare me for this. No phone, no computer, no internet, no outside contact. Just a room, 200 strangers, andContinue reading “Jury Duty”

Books I “Hate”

I mean… “hate” is a strong word, and it implies a whole slew of negative things, which is not my intention with this post. All of the books mentioned here are great books, most with legendary authors who have more talent in their pinkie fingers than I have in my entire body. I just didn’tContinue reading “Books I “Hate””

How I Learned to Love to Read

I’ve already told the horrible story of Lucille, but before that dastardly purple horse, I was brought into the wonderful world of reading with a series about a character known as Little Critter, created by Mercer Mayer. If you are unfamiliar with Little Critter, this is what he looks like: A bit frightening, but heContinue reading “How I Learned to Love to Read”

Perfect Day for a Book

Alarm rings at 7AM – maybe 8. I like to get an early start to the day, but not too early. The sky outside is gray, the air is crisp, the leaves have begun to turn. There is nothing on the agenda for the day – at least, nothing terribly pressing. Maybe some laundry, orContinue reading “Perfect Day for a Book”

My Reading Routine

This one was suggested to me, and I thought it would be a cool thing to share! So, I’ve mentioned in a previous post that during college I sort of fell off the reading wagon due to the extensive amount of academic-based reading that was required for my major. Reading became a chore for me,Continue reading “My Reading Routine”

When I Left

When I left England, part of me stayed behind. Part of me still rides the train into the city through the early morning haze, and sits at a table by the thatch-roof cottage, sipping tea and admiring the serenity of Richmond Park. Some of me still frolics through the fields of Kew Gardens, the airContinue reading “When I Left”

A History of Violence

(And here, on Old Poetry Monday, a selection from 2012…)   But it doesn’t end. Nothing ever ends. Those who plummet over the edge of darkness do not hit the bottom. No false saviors can catch them with their parables and psalms. They fall forever. And for those of us who do not know whatContinue reading “A History of Violence”