• Art!

    My obsession with pouring paint

    There is a lot that can be said about art being a very useful form of therapy, but I’m going to skip ahead to September when I became obsessed with watching videos of people making gorgeous works of art by pouring paint. So then I decided to try it out myself. I had an abandoned box full of acrylic paint, most of which I had to throw out because it’d expired, and picked up some new paint at Hobby Lobby, and before the weekend was done I had three pieces painted. Check out my little gallery of art pieces below. Some of them are definitely more beautiful than the others,…

  • OMG Wow!

    Seven Years Ago

    On September 19, 2012, two events occurred simultaneously. First, my grandmother celebrated her birthday. Second, I self-published my very first book, Zoe Thanatos. I started writing Zoe in the Spring of 2012 while in the middle of pursuing my Masters in Media Psychology at Fielding. I’d done a lot of reading both academic and non-fiction, and out came this labor of love about a young woman named Zoe who one day decides to end her life by jumping from a cliff into the ocean. She jumps, but is caught – impossibly so – and from that moment forward she finds herself discovering that her life is made up of a…

  • An Actual Blog

    I unplugged for the entire day and it was great

    I’ve long had this idea of having an “analog day”, where I turn off my phone, maybe the wifi, and stay completely cut off from social media and current events/politics. I guess I thought it would be hard? This past Friday night before I went to bed I turned off my phone, giving myself permission to sleep in and wake up naturally. I woke up sometime between 6 and 7am and treated myself to a Starbucks. The Starbucks is kind of a drive away (about the length of three songs in each direction) and because my phone was off (but with me in the car, just in case) I had…

  • Let's Hang Out

    The Backyard Project Begins

    When my husband and I bought this house it came with a modestly-sized and totally unfinished backyard of roughly 2,000 square feet. Right away we started dreaming of the things we could do with so much space. Naturally the discussion of a pool happened very quickly, and just as quickly was filed away in the folder labeled If We Win the Lottery. Of course the topic has come up frequently the past seven months that we’ve lived in this beautiful home I love so much. We knew for sure we wanted grass for the dogs to play and for us to enjoy with family and friends. But then there was…

  • An Actual Blog

    3 Goals for July

    It’s never too late to set a goal, right? So we’re already eight days into the month of July. Pft. This past weekend I confronted two of my biggest fears – one intentionally, the other an act of mother nature – and in general I’ve been going through a kinda/sorta shift in my personal belief system. I won’t get into that now. Let’s just say that I’m feeling motivated to squash some goals and live my best life (as they say). 1. Read at least two (more) books Before taking a few days off from work to go to Lake Arrowhead for the 4th of July (a family tradition) I…

  • Announcement

    Happy 4th of July!

    To all of my American readers, I hope you have a safe and fun 4th of July today! As we’ve done in past years, we’re celebrating the holiday in Lake Arrowhead, CA with family and lots of food and a fun day of sun-filled activities on the lake. Don’t forget to put on the SPF, stay hydrated, and have fun!

  • Exclusive Content

    More liveblogging Palm Springs

    Happy Saturday to you. It’s just after 10:30 in the morning for me and I am getting settled in for some quality editing time. As I did in my last post, I’m going to be taking you through the editing process for my latest book, Palm Springs (out June 21st) and I’ll just warn you now that spoilers are likely. There are some spoilers and even a couple excerpts in the last post, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t yet. Today I’m starting on chapter four, where we find Natalie, James, and Frankie in the car driving to Palm Springs. I’ve thrown in a few personal…

  • Exclusive Content

    Live Blog: Editing Palm Springs

    I had to google “live blog” to make sure it wasn’t a term I made up in my head. So, cool, I’m not crazy. And that’s exactly what I wanted to do. This week I am editing Palm Springs for publication (June 21st) and I thought it might be fun to document a behind the scenes look at what goes into publishing content when you are a self-published author. If that’s not your cup of tea and you’re just interested in the interesting stuff, I’ll be sure to highlight it in some sort of interesting color so you can scroll straight to those parts. BECAUSE….. I’m going to be updating…