Friday Favorites: Hodge Podge

Good Morning and Happy Friday!! This week’s Friday Favorites is brought to you by me and my fried brain (thank you very much algebra) so there is really no theme to my favorites today, just a jumble of things that I want to share….I’m linking up with Andrea today to share Friday Favorites so make sure you stop over to Momfessionals and if that’s how you found me, thanks for stopping by!

Off we go…

1.) Christmas Album….

Yes, I’m already listening to Christmas music…no, it is not too early : ) Right now my favorite Christmas Album is Idina Menzel’s Holiday Wishes

2.) TV Show…

PBS Masterpiece has taken on the adaptation of P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley, a Pride and Prejudice Murder mystery. Mr. and Mrs. Darcy are hosting a ball, their party is crashed, and there is a murder on the premises….The book is phenomenal and so far part one of the Masterpiece Mystery adaptation has not disappointed, I can’t wait to see the rest of it! 
3.) Halloween Tradition….

Pizza, a movie, and passing out candy. Every year since I stopped trick or treating and this year will be no different. This year it will be homemade pizza, Marvel’s The Avengers, and a couple hundred pieces of assorted chocolate candy to pass out….I put the finishing touches on my costume last night and am so excited to finally debut it at the classroom party today at the school where I volunteer….pictures to come! 
4.) Halloween Costume….

This year’s….
I was called everything from Dorothy to Snow White. The best moment today was when one little sweetheart in the room I assist in ran up and threw her arms around me in a big bear hug and whispered “Belle has always been my favorite too.” You have to know this little girl; she just wants someone to talk to her, someone to listen, someone to give her hugs…if I brightened her day even the slightest bit, that is more than enough to make today perfect!
Happy Halloween!


Stop. Collaborate and Listen

You guys! Collaborative writing is so much fun! I remember several years in high school having to do collaborative writing – we were put in groups and had to write a creative, fictional story a little bit at a time passing the paper back and forth after each section was written. It was awful. I would end up in a group of people who couldn’t agree on a story, or couldn’t write something cohesive…it really made me not want to write. The other night as I was reading a book written by one of my best friends (and fellow writer) I got to a passage that really made me laugh, and I texted her “I think Jane and Antoinette would be good friends, and Ellie and Bernie would try to out sass each other…” her response was “Why not have an Unwritten Rules/Ripple Affair crossover?” What you have to understand is that her characters are from a medieval kingdom, and mine are from modern day Atlanta, GA….so the only logical way for them to meet is with a little help from time travel. Sci-fi/fantasy genres is uncharted territory for me…but over the course of three days, using nothing but Facebook Messenger we successfully wrote one of the funniest short stories I have ever read let alone written. I had so much fun having my characters interact with hers – explaining cell phones, introducing the princess to the wonder of sweat pants, and teaching them about baseball – and writing with my friend.

I love to read books that are collaborative… I love how seamlessly some writing styles blend… but on the other hand I like collaborations where each author has a distinctive voice that is all there own; when you can read chapter to chapter and know who wrote what. After I finally get The Unwritten Rules published (soon, I hope!!!!) I would love to do a collaboration and maybe even explore some unfamiliar genres…who knows….Who nose (quick! name that reference!)

Happy All Saints Day,


The Art Assignment: Find Your Band

I love YouTube, I love that you can find old obscure music videos, I love the nerdy science videos, I love PBS Digital Studios and the shows that they produce. Specifically I love The Art Assignment. This is probably where I need to admit to you that I know nothing about art, I can’t draw to save my life, I don’t know the difference between a Monet and a Manet but I do know that none of that matters. The Art Assignment is a little unconventional, they tend to focus on modern and contemporary art and that is right up my alley…even if I don’t completely understand it. One of my favorite episodes was about experimental music, check it out and then we’ll talk.

 Via The Art Assignment on YouTube
As a musician, I love the idea that music is all around us. I love that music isn’t limited to an organized group of instruments playing the same song, a choir singing, or a soloist doing their thing. I love that music is boundless and that music can be anything. I didn’t make a video response due mostly to the fact that I wouldn’t even know where to begin. On any given day the sounds around me are different. For example….
At Work
On a Monday the sounds are different from the sounds on a Wednesday are different from the sounds on a Friday. My favorite days are the noisy days; days where every machine is playing it’s own rhythm yet somehow they mesh. That day is Friday. One printer will push out 1100 bulletins, the folding machine will begin to fold those bulletins, and each of the smaller printers will do the rest of the work that needs doing. Phones ring, voices raise, the occasional ringing of the doorbell, and the clicking of keys on a keyboard. Vacuuming in the hall, coffee brewing in the kitchen, squeaky chairs, laughter, and actual music on the radio. I love that I get to work in this environment, I love how not only do we (my coworkers and I) work in harmony, but the machines, the tools, work together in perfect harmony. I love love love the ‘music’ that surrounds me at work. 
At School 
Not my school, but the school where I volunteer once a week. Voices of children reading books and laughing, the squeak of sneakers on the tile floors, pencils scratching and tapping, chairs scraping the floor, the squeak of the PA system. This is a little more dissonant, not quite as harmonious as the ‘music’ at work but still just as lovely. 
I know that this is pretty unconventional for my blog but I was thinking of making this a series, instead of making video responses to The Art Assignment’s videos I am going to do written responses…I am after all, a writer. I am thinking that for the month of November my posts will be scheduled and will mainly be responses to TAA, excerpts of my writing if anyone is interested, and Friday Favorites because they are pretty quick and easy. Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by! 

Friday Favorites: Writer’s Edition

Happy Friday, welcome to Friday Favorites, and my first post in a couple months. I’ve been quite for a while because I have been working on a few different projects that I let take priority over the blog. Anyway, now that I’m making some progress on one of my big projects I am hoping to be more consistent in my blogging. To start, I’m going to share some of my favorite writing tools, tips, and tricks….I’m linking up with Andrea to share my Friday Favorites….enjoy!!


It sounds nuts but editing is one of my favorite things! It always has been. I love being able to read my work again and it’s a kind of stress relief for me to tear my work to shreds with my red pen.

In July I wrote a novel. An actual, honest to goodness, novel. I have spent the last few months editing that thing to death. I cut several scenes, added several scenes, and have been terrorized by grammar. The first round of editing is finished and a proof is on it’s way to my house in the next few weeks. I’m hoping that I managed to find all the little mistakes, fixed everything that needed fixing, and if all goes as planned I will be publishing (!!!) sometime in November. Now, I know that I said up above that I edit with a red pen, but in all actuality I use whatever pen I can find lately I’ve been using these beauties that Andrea recommended on her blog.

Stabilo Point 88 Pen Sets color parade adjustable set set of 20

These are great for editing! The fine tip allows me to make notes in the margins, make rewrites, and the best part is that they don’t bleed through the paper which was a major selling point for me! 
Favorite Writing Music

I love to work with music on in whatever room I’m in, but if I am actually writing at my desk (which in all honesty is very rare), I love to listen to anything that is instrumental. Right now the staples are Bach’s Cello suites, and the score from Pride and Prejudice. 

Favorite Ways to Keep Writing

There are several tools that I use to keep me writing; Write Track, is an online resource that helps you set goals and stick to them when it comes to creating content whether that is writing, photography, illustration or any other kind of creating. It allows you to set your own goals, update them just like you would a FB status, and it has helped so much with reminding me to edit a little bit everyday when I’m finished with school stuff. I’m a senior in college, I work, and I volunteer every week at the elementary school near my house so a reminder to work on my project when I have time is pretty helpful because I don’t usually make time between work, school, church, and volunteering. Even if I only spend a few minutes editing or writing each day, at least I’m making some progress.

The NaNoWriMo site is awesome, especially in November when you can track your word count by the day. I am the kind of person that is motivated by actually seeing my progress so seeing my little line graph creep up each day is really satisfying and very motivational.

Friends and fellow writers are honestly the best resources that you can have as a writer. They keep you on track, act as a sounding board when you have issues with your plot, and can talk sense into you when you feel bogged down and want to quit. I have a great friend who is also a writer and I have to tell you she puts up with a lot from me. When I was writing my first novel I would send her the most random texts and messages asking about what she thought about certain characters and what they would do in certain situations.

Favorite New Book

This one is not a tip or a trick but I have to tell you about the book that my best friend just published! It is called The Ripple Affair and here is the description from Amazon:

Edward Engel is many things. A prince to inherit a throne. A man betrothed to the beautiful Lady Antoinette. A dashing warrior with no equal in skill. And a man with enough secrets to make his entire world crumble. His life remains uninterrupted until he meets Malina, the daughter of a neighboring king, who quickly sets her gazes upon the prince and his heavy crown. After a drunken night of passion between them, Edward hopes his meeting with Malina will become just another secret to bury, never to be known to anyone but him and the princess. But it takes two to keep a secret, and Malina is not one to let a man get away so easily. Will Edward be able to keep his secrets intact, or will his affair with Malina create a ripple effect that goes beyond the bedchamber

I want you to understand that this is Christian Fiction; it deals with infidelity, but is ultimately a redemption story. You can buy the book HERE (Kindle edition coming soon) and you can find out more about the author HERE. Like I said The author is a great friend of mine – in fact she’s the one that convinced me to start writing again – if you are in need of a good book or a new blog to add to your subscriptions check her out and I promise you won’t be disappointed (not that I’m biased or anything!).  

Those are my Friday Favorites for this week! I’m going to try to get some posts scheduled for the month of November because I will be working on the sequel to the novel that I just finished editing. I will keep you posted on the publishing process and you will be the first to know when it goes on sale!

If you made it this far without me boring you too much I would love to hear from you! Do you have a favorite book, favorite author, or do you yourself write? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by.