Every winter I seclude myself in my hobbit hole of a home. I surround myself with hot beverage, warm blankets, and fuzzy sweaters so I can pretend that the cold doesn't exist. The short days drag into never-ending weeks of self-isolation and hibernation. All the hours pass by in a gray smog of monotony, fatigue, … Continue reading Winter Melancholy
It hasn't snowed in weeks. I live at the edge of the West Desert in Utah. Snow is our primary form of precipitation. What accumulates in the mountains during winter is what we have to see us through the dry, hot summers. No snow also means that there is no relief from the thick layer … Continue reading Let There Be Snow
I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions. Year after year, December passes by and people start to talk about their New Year's goals. Then, year after year gyms are and learning apps are flooded with new users, who all drop off by February. While I am a big fan of creating goals and healthy … Continue reading 2021: No Years Resolution
Another year has come and gone, which means it's time for me to post a list of the books I read this year. As per usual, I'm not posting a formal review for each book, but this time around I did actually include the authors names next to the book's titles. Without Further ado- Books … Continue reading Books I’ve Read in 2020
The Modern American Christmas season isn't the same this year. Usually as winter approaches the streets are lite with millions of twinkling lights, stores are stacked with billions of dollars worth of stock, and Christmas songs blare out of every speaker. Everywhere you look people are hustling and bustling from work to school, and store … Continue reading Christmas in the Time of Covid
Silent Night is playing upstairs. Somehow, without me noticing it, November ended. I didn't write the obligatory Thanksgiving post. I didn't post about Halloween ghost stories or adventures. I didn't write the obligatory Thanksgiving post. I didn't even post photos from all my colorful fall hikes. Suddenly everyone was switching from Pumpkin Spice to Peppermint … Continue reading Where Did the Year Go?
Has the night always encroached so quickly, after the leaves have turned? Has the dark always fallen so surely after the first season's snow? Have the days always been so short? Have hours always felt so long? Has winter always entered so suddenly? Where has the autumn gone?
I come across my book addiction naturally. I grew up surrounded by stacked shelves, bending from the weight of bound paper. Ink runs through my veins instead of blood. Even now, as adults in the age of tablets, auto, and ebooks, my entire family is addicted to hoarding the printed word. Though we all have … Continue reading My Book Addiction: My brief history with books
For those of you who are somehow unaware, last week was the United States Presidential election. To say that this election cycle was stressful would be an understatement. For many of us, the candidates were uninspiring at best, and the stuff of dystopian nightmares at worst. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, many … Continue reading Election Stress and Writing Mess
It's that time of year again. The time of year that all your writing friends annoy you with details about the novel they will write throughout the month of November. They may have spend all of October (aka Prep-tober) going over their writing schedule and outline, creating a calendar, and signing up for all sorts … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2020