Learning to Love My Body

“What’s wrong with your arm?!” -multiple people asking about my left elbow, which is wonky because of breaking it when I was three. “You’re pretty, but you look Ethiopian because you’re so skinny.” -my high school band director, who loved to comment on students’ appearances and make racist comments. “I would love to have that … Continue reading Learning to Love My Body

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November Bakes

I honestly thought I would get tired of baking after a few weeks of the challenge, yet I still made it 65 weeks long… But! I am still wanting to bake so much! It’s relaxing, creative, tasty, and fun to share. I’ve decided that I’ll start posting links to the recipes I’ve been using (I … Continue reading November Bakes

The Problems with Being Overly Ambitious

Writing a book and some short stories, baking, painting, sketching, reading, blogging, creating videos, making song covers, and writing music. I want to be creative constantly. I want to be creative in nearly every way possible. Combine that desire with my severe over-planning, and I become horribly overly ambitious. Over the years, I’ve gone through … Continue reading The Problems with Being Overly Ambitious

Words Break on the Open Sea

Our words light up the broken sea. It floods our hearts, yet still we speak, and we are pulled relentlessly. From dusk till dawn our sounds carry. Like a ship breaking high wave’s peak, our words light up the broken sea. The squawks and squeals from these our beaks Add a strange hue to what … Continue reading Words Break on the Open Sea

My Problem with The Lunar Chronicles

This blog contains spoilers!! So if you haven’t read the entire series and don’t want anything ruined, you might not want to read ahead. I will mark the actual spoilers. There are so many fairytale retellings in existence. And I believe The Lunar Chronicles does an amazing job at combining the stories of Cinderella, Snow … Continue reading My Problem with The Lunar Chronicles

Writing and Changing Your Mind

My biggest challenge in writing—whether it be blogs, books, poetry, or short stories— is changing my mind about the largest aspects of my projects. Take my current WIP and how it’s evolved just in the plotting stages over the last four years: • Contemporary YA Realism with a tragic ending about an aspiring playwright orphan. … Continue reading Writing and Changing Your Mind

Small, Important Details

Joseph made breakfast and tea, then spilled it. This sentence may state what is happening in a story, but it doesn’t evoke much emotion in the reader. The empathy comes and goes as quickly as the words pass through the mind. It’s a good example of a “tell” sentence that gives a reader the knowledge … Continue reading Small, Important Details

Our Big Move

Welcome back! To me, to you, to the fairies that are helping protect my socks from the sock thief. My expected hiatus lasted a month longer than I had expected, so apologies for not posting as much as I had been planning. But this little post will update you on all that’s been going on … Continue reading Our Big Move

Anxiety and Taking a Break

Whether it’s sitting out in the sun, my thumbs tracing the edges of pages as I read or soaking in a mixture of shea butter, water, and rose petals, I need to take some time to pause, relax, and enjoy some time not working on something. However, I’m absolutely awful at actually taking a break. … Continue reading Anxiety and Taking a Break

Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance

From Harry Potter’s scar to Katniss Everdeen’s braid, from Éowyn of Rohan’s removing her helmet to Klaus Baudelaire’s adjusting his glasses, and from Elizabeth Bennet’s sass to Hazel Lancaster’s increased difficulty to breathe, descriptions in books help understand each and every character, movement, and emotion more and help us to build the film-like pictures in … Continue reading Writing Character Descriptions: Appearance