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What’s Making Me Happy In December (Christmas Edition)

Today I’m linking up with my friend Sara Letourneau for this installment in the “What’s Making Me Happy” series. Hop on over to her list when you’re done reading here! This month, I’m going with a Christmas theme. I’m loving… our new Advent calendar. I bought this one from an Etsy shop just before Thanksgiving. I loved the idea of a countdown to Christmas,... read more

How To Avoid Sucking Fun Out Of Your Passion

While signing my high school yearbook, a friend who’d been in the music program with me wrote that she admired me for going to college for music, that she’d considered it herself but didn’t want to ruin her “innocent love” for music. I’d never thought of it that way before, but it struck me as worrisome. If you pursue your passion hard, if you learn everything you can... read more

Fall Reading Round-Up

Fall reading has been a bounty of riches! I’ve jumped right back into my Kindle-while-nursing habit, and since I’m nursing a lot, and need good books to keep me awake at 2AM (see category below) my reading time has increased in both quality and quantity. I’ve read- ready for this?- 20 books since Eleanor was born, just over 6 weeks ago. Add that to the 9 I read earlier in the fall, and... read more

Why Historical Fiction Matters, More Than Ever

Why do you read what you read, and write what you write? I’ve been thinking about this question a lot in 2016. Remember back in January, when I posted about trying to choose between Mr. Fiction and Mr. Nonfiction? And how it took me over eight months of working on a nonfiction project before I was able to clear the path to focus on fiction and memoir? Committing to one or two forms of writing, like... read more

NaNoWriMo Conclusion: I Win!

NaNoWriMo Concluding Statistics: Words Written This Week: 12,695 Total Word Count: 50,129 Percentage Complete (assuming 50K words): 100%! I WIN! Chapters Written: Prologue + 22 (and part of 23) Final Week Surprises and Challenges: Based on my progress earlier this month and my determination to get this done, I never truly despaired that I was going to fail to reach 50,000 words by November 30th. But I did... read more

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