Travels in Japan

As mentioned previously, April was a busy month for me.  Part of that included a trip to Japan. This trip was my: second time out of the country second time off the continent first time flying alone first time to Asia first time in a place where I couldn't communicate well with others It was … Continue reading Travels in Japan

The “What If?” Fantasy Tag

Kyle Robert Shultz, one of my fellow indie and, more specifically, Phoenix Fiction authors tagged me in a fun game.  It looked like fun, and I got to thinking that I haven't posted in a while, so here we go 🙂  The original post can be found here. Thanks for the tag, Kyle! For the … Continue reading The “What If?” Fantasy Tag

Guest Post on Phoenix Fiction Writers

As you may recall, one of the exciting things that's happened in the past month is something called Phoenix Fiction Writers.  If your memory is a bit foggy, or if you were justifiably preoccupied with the holidays and missed the announcement, you can read all about PFW in my blog post. Today, I had the … Continue reading Guest Post on Phoenix Fiction Writers

Beach Day

I was blessed by a full day at the beach yesterday.  Here are some pictures from my day and a couple descriptions I had fun writing 🙂 Slideshow   Description 1 They chased the foam dripping back into the sea, then fled before each new wave with joyous peals.  It was a race, them and … Continue reading Beach Day


Today I interrupt your regularly scheduled programming of poetry and stories for a life update: My best friend's baby was born!!! I can't remember if I mentioned that I was co-planning her baby shower.  It ended up being the most epic baby shower of the century (Probably.  I'm not aware of any studies on the … Continue reading Nephew

Defenestration: My New Favorite Word

A fascinating vocab and history lesson about the word "defenestration"--the act of throwing somebody out of a window.

Disney Dress-Up Week

This summer, as I wait for my teaching credential program to start in August, I'm working at a tutoring agency.  It's been a really amazing experience thus far.  My coworkers are wonderful, and the kids are so sweet and fun. To make it more fun for the kids who have to come during the summer, … Continue reading Disney Dress-Up Week

Post-College Life and Free Fall

My question of the day is: Who is it that spreads this rumor that when you grow up, you'll know what you're supposed to be doing with your life? I'm starting to think whoever they are, they're really, really wrong. When you're young, everyone says, "Graduate high school, go to college, get your degree, and … Continue reading Post-College Life and Free Fall

My Goals in Life: Or, an Answer to the Question Everyone Asks a College Grad

In a couple of days, I graduate, and a few days after that, I start my first full-time job.  It's an office job, a "real," nine-to-five job.  Everyone keeps asking, "What are your plans for life?  Where do you want to be in five years, ten years?  What are your goals?"  I guess this is … Continue reading My Goals in Life: Or, an Answer to the Question Everyone Asks a College Grad

Heart of a Child

The story of how I learned to play the guitar is a fun one.  At the time, I was in the youth group at Kingsfield Church.  My friend Cece and I discovered that both of us wanted to learn to play the guitar, so we thought we could try together.  On of our fellow students … Continue reading Heart of a Child