B is for Books

I love me some books.In second grade, my elementary had a contest to read one million minutes. I was the highest reader in my class. I still read almost every day ....more

A is for Arabesque

I have not been a very good blogger this past year. I want to get better at it. So to get me out of my rut, I am going to blog through the alphabet, using each letter for inspiration for whatever topic comes to mind ....more

Books of 2013

In 2013 I set a goal via Goodreads to read 25 books during the year. I had never really set a goal like this before and wasn't sure how high to set my goal. As a kid, I read a ton, but it has scaled back a bit as an adult ....more

Picture Catch Up

It's been a few months since I've downloaded pictures from my cameras. Here are some pictures from the last few months. Cousin sleepover Cute Noelle rocking the shades Zoo with cousins Yellowstone Elk rut at Yellowstone Yellowstone 32!...more

Will It Always Be Like This?

I am still very sad about losing my mother last December. I am in denial about it many days. I think back to that day in the hospital, holding her hand as her fingernails turned blue and the beep-beep-beep of her machines sped up rapidly then stopped and it doesn't seem real.I am dreading December 7, 8, and 9th ....more

Thanksgiving Past

As I was making pies Wednesday night and cooking up a storm Thursday, I couldn't help but remember the first Thanksgiving Justin and I spent alone together.It was the second of our marriage. We were living in Moscow, Idaho, attending the University of Idaho. We didn't have enough money or vacation time to go to either of our faraway homes (both were a 9+ hour drive away) and I was working in retail with Black Friday the next day ....more

How to Write a Book

Take 26 letters. This concept amazes me. Oh, how I love language ....more

Guest Post by Author Marissa Ames

Since becoming an independently published author last year, I have crossed paths with some pretty great people. I think indie authors are pretty awesome people - they march to the beat of their own drum, play by their own rules, and truly support and promote the art of writing and the world of literature. Marissa is one of those people ....more

Super Prestigious Interview About My New Novel

As I was sitting down to blog about my book, I was thinking what I wanted my few and precious readers to know and I thought it wasn't too bad that there wasn't some insightful interviewer to just ask me all the right questions. But then I decided that *I* could be that interviewer. (I swear, I do not have multiple personality disorder ....more

Undertow - Book 2 in the Oceanswept Trilogy

My second book will come out Amazon.com on Wednesday, November 6. I chose this date to honor my mom because it is her birthday. I would never have had the courage to write books - and publish them independently - without her faith in me ....more