Summer Reading List ~ Take II

I’m looking forward to digging into my large TBR list again this summer! I don’t know about you, but everything in life seems to slow down in the summer and I find I have more time to read, write and enjoy the printed page. 🙂

Here is what I am looking forward to reading this summer…

Jane Austen in Style


I have had this book for a while now and I am looking forward to learning about the world of one of my favorite authors! I might be doing a little bit of research too….




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Taking a Break… Sort of

After looking over my schedule for this coming summer, I have made the decision to cut back on the amount of posting that I am doing here on the blog.

I really love posting here and finding new things to share with you all that inspire me!

But, I have found that writing on here tends to take time away from my writing time on my WIPs. I want to focus on them more and see if I can’t get them finished before I am another year older! 🙂 Also, I have a few online classes that I am currently enrolled in that are adding another dimension to stretch myself into!

So starting after the month of May, and then from there on out (or at least through this summer and fall), I will be posting about once or twice a month. Maybe more if I find something super inspiring! 🙂

Thank you all for reading and following and I would love to hear from you about what inspires you as a writer and author!

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The Things that Inspire Me: Paper

Yes, something as simple as paper can be inspiring. Paper is the material that some of the greatest thoughts have been printed and written upon. Such a humble substance, but with such an amazing history!

Handmade paper. My favorite.

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Literary Foods: Little Women and a Civil War Treat

Little Women has been one of my most favorite books since I was a teenager. Surprisingly, I didn’t read the whole book through until I was around 15 or 16, but the movie has always been one of my go-to comfort films. Probably because it was one of the very first period drama movies I watched and actually enjoyed. 🙂

When I was thinking about a recipe to try that reminded me of Little Women, I was inspired by the short passage from the book about the Christmas breakfast that the March sisters so willingly give up to others.

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Book Review: K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel

I have followed K.M. Weiland over at her site Helping Writers Become Authors for several years. She is an award-winning, self-published author. The advice she offers on her site is some of the best I have come across online and comes from her years of seasoned experience.

When I realized that she had written some books on how to write a story, I was thrilled with the idea of reading them! I decided to start with the second book in her series, Structuring Your Novel.  I already love to outline like crazy, but I don’t always know how to get my story into a structured form with clearly defined scenes.

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Literary Foods: Little House Apple Turnovers

Some of my favorite books will forever be the Little House books. I remember the first time I read them being utterly taken with the amazing descriptions Laura Ingalls wrote of her pioneer life. And though they were written as fiction, the stories were true! I still love to take out my battered copies of the books every once in a while and peruse the well loved pages.

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Writer, Storyteller, Author…

A Girl Writing," Henriette Browne (1829-1901)

I thought that was a rather clever blog post title when I first wrote it up, but then I realized, aren’t these really all the same words for the same person?

Well, sort-of. I like to think of these three words as the path that a person who loves to write (Writer) takes to tell a story (Storyteller) and then, if they wish, publish their work (Author).

But yet, that isn’t quite right, either.

They are the all one in the same words and yet they are different.

(And this doesn’t even touch those amazing people out there that hold the title of bibliophile! Readers are a whole different world than writers 🙂 Or are they also one in the same? Hmmm. I should think about that one.)

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