Jasmine

There was something definitively depressing about the beach. A combination of nostalgiac regret and reminders of one’s mortality and insignificance. Every sound and smell was a reminder of the unrelenting passage of time. These were thoughts she didn’t voice aloud. The day had started out auspiciously enough, with a cloudless sky and a trip to … More Jasmine

Chapter 1- An Excerpt of the Novel I Will One Day Finish

Chapter 1 She did not awake at 5:30 a.m with the intent to completely abandon all elements of the life she had lived, relatively well, all considered, for the past twenty-eight years, but that is precisely what she did. She simply left it all behind. Denver had gotten up that morning and readied herself for … More Chapter 1- An Excerpt of the Novel I Will One Day Finish

Feminism and Madness in Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

Tumultuous would be an understatement to describe the current political climate in the states, so I found it quite pleasant to immerse myself in a very British novel, albeit a murder mystery. As I’ve said before, I am no fan of the dime-store whodunits and refuse to read anything by James Patterson. Sorry, James. However,I … More Feminism and Madness in Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: Our Last Book Club Pick of 2016

  Happy New Year and cheers to the first post of 2017! (I’m supposed to be publishing every week, so if you catch me slacking, please call me out!) I’m not big on resolutions since I am the queen of inconsistent but I did map out a general plan for the year concerning travel (my husband … More The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: Our Last Book Club Pick of 2016

A Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Buffs in Your Life

“Baby, all I want for Christmas is books.” (How on earth did you know, Mariah?!) Odds are if you don’t live your life with your nose in a book, you probably know someone who does. As one of the aforementioned species, I’d like to offer up my suggestions on gift options for the bookish: 1. … More A Holiday Gift Guide for the Book Buffs in Your Life

Procrastination, Writer’s Block, and Other Things I Medal In: How to Beat Self-Sabotage

It’s perverse human nature to put off what you should be doing. But what about when you put off what you want to be doing?  My personal reasons excuses vary from sleep deprivation, mental laziness, Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix, Trump, a 48% increase in my business from last year, and self-(mis)diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder (because … More Procrastination, Writer’s Block, and Other Things I Medal In: How to Beat Self-Sabotage

Thank Your Teachers

As you sit anxiously (not eagerly) watching the days of summer vacation dwindle away to nothing, thank your teachers. I know you have yet to meet them, or if by chance you have met them, to interact with them in any real way yet, but thank them nonetheless. You may not have given them more than … More Thank Your Teachers