7 Quarantine Reads for Writers

Let’s face it: There are a seemingly infinite number of books about writing, but how do you distinguish a helpful resource from the hype-y ones that guarantee, say, a bestseller in one month flat? Well first things first, like those get-rich schemes that pop up in infomercials late at night, anything that sounds too good to be true probably is. The truth is, great writing simply can’t be rushed. It’s a joyful yet painstaking process that requires time, effort and determination (and a killer critique partner wouldn’t hurt either). There’s a good chance you’ll want to rip up whatever you’re… Continue reading

Two Absolute Page Turners

Flashing way, way back to my elementary and middle school days when we were rewarded with coupons for free personal-sized pizza from Pizza Hut based on how many books we read over break, summer has always been synonymous with reading for me. Even without the free pizza, it’s a habit that’s stuck with me through adulthood with summer being peak reading season since I’ve always been, well, more of an indoor person. Especially when it’s approximately 1,439 degrees here. I thoroughly enjoyed the bulk of what I read this summer — domestic thrillers, biographies, cookbooks, general fiction, even an unexpectedly… Continue reading

What’s Your Take on Goodreads?

With so many apps and social mediums competing for our attention these days, it’s impossible to devote one’s undivided attention to every new, latest and greatest invention that arrives on the scene. But one that has stood the test of time for me is Goodreads. I love the annual Reading Challenge where you set a goal at the beginning of the year of how many books you’d like to read (I went for a modest 52, one book a week). I like stumbling upon a seemingly endless selection of books I add to my “to read” shelf. I’m also grateful… Continue reading

Summer Reading 2019 x 3

It’s quite possible that DFW hasn’t gotten the memo that it’s, well, summer (and I’m more than okay with that). Instead of clocking in at roughly 2,318 degrees, June has been nice and mild. Sunny. Not humid. Temps climbing not much higher than the upper 80s.  In other words, pretty incredible for North Texas. “Pretty incredible” could also sum up the novels I’ve recently finished reading. While completely different genres, they all captured my attention in that frantic, I-can’t-turn-the-pages-quickly-enough way. I kickstarted my summer reading with The Last Mrs. Parrish, which has been compared to super twisty psychological thrillers like… Continue reading

An Unintentional Hiatus

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, and that wasn’t my intention, I promise. I’ve always loved writing about the lighter side of life — books, travel, recipes I’ve been drooling over, etc., and this has always been a perfect outlet. Part of the reason for the unintentional hiatus falls under “writer-y reasons.” I’ve been knee deep in major, second-round revisions (exciting, tedious, but oh-so-necessary), so that’s been keeping me very busy along with my freelance assignments. Aside from that, however, my heart has felt heavy these past few months, and I know I’m not alone. Let’s just say… Continue reading

Quick, Curious, Playful & Strong

Mourning someone you’ve never met has always been a strange phenomenon, and yet today when I received the push about Kate Spade’s sudden passing, I felt like somebody socked me in the gut. Knowing my love of pretty much anything Kate ever put her name on, the texts began rolling in from family and friends with equally sad and surprised reactions to the news. In stark contrast to the bright, cheery and more often than not, polka-dotted and bold-striped aesthetic that made everything from boring ol’ dayplanners to umbrellas to computer bags so much more exciting, Kate’s life ended so… Continue reading