2016 in Review

This year has been a roller coaster for us all, between the immense amount of celebrity deaths this year, that monstrosity of an election, and the specter of things yet to come. I exceeded every single one of my reading goals this year. You can read that post here. I lowered my reading goal this year…

Top Ten Thankful Things

I tried to write about what I’m thankful for this year, the way I do every year. There’s so much that I’m thankful for in the past and present, and so much that I’m hopeful for in the future. But you know what I’m most thankful for? I’m thankful for you, dear reader. That’s right…

Snippet Saturday!

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will already know this, but I’m participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time in five years. I’m also rebelling because I literally write for a living and couldn’t do 50k on top of all that I do for the blog and for work. I’d never sleep or…

My NaNo Rebellion!

I’m not really a rebel, most of the time. I like to follow the rules, unless they’re stupid or I absolutely can’t. In the case of National Novel Writing Month, there’s just absolutely no way that I can actually write 50,000 words of a novel and still do my job (which is writing for a…

Moose Tales: The Beginning

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed that Chris and I took a very large step into more pet parenthood. We’ve adopted a dog! Internet, meet Moose! He is between two and three years old, and we think he’s a Belgian Shepherd mix. We’re not sure, since he had been brought in…

Coffee Shop Talk: Becoming Self-Hosted

Coffee Shop Talk is a semi-regular column where I talk about personal stuff, that will usually be related to the blog, but more about me and my life in general. I’ve designed it to be something of a conversation I would have with a friend at a coffee shop. Today I’m talking about becoming self-hosted.…

Realism & Manners in Politics

Here’s my disclaimer: I’m about to talk politics and manners. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll know that my primary vote went to Bernie Sanders, and I have several items of his campaign merchandise. However, I have loved having two solid Democratic candidates this election season – it has led to some…

My Week in Links

This week marked my first full week at the Danville Register & Bee, and as you can guess, it was a little busy. I didn’t make the time to write anything extensive this week, so I’m just going to do a wrap up of things I’ve been doing.   Here’s what I wrote: USDA, Chatham…

My next chapter has begun!

As of this evening, I will officially have finished my first week working at my first full time job. I talked about getting this job about a month ago, and now I’m officially in it! I’m the new Pittsylvania County reporter for the Danville Register & Bee, which has been a lot of fun so…

Rest in Peace, Pop

Yesterday, my family laid my grandfather to rest. He was 88 years old and a fantastic man. Pop was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years ago and with Alzheimer’s a few months ago. He finally passed away from a case of pneumonia, and while we will all miss him, we’re glad he isn’t suffering anymore.…

I’m Moving Out!

I’ve heard it said that “Virginia is for Lovers“, and while that may be the case, Virginia is also where I’ve chosen to take my next step forward. That’s right, folks! I’m moving to Virginia! I have been offered, and accepted, a position in Danville, Virginia with the Danville Register & Bee! I will be…

A Life Update

I don’t always talk about my personal life on here, but my personal life has been a little crazy for the past couple of weeks. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2013. After chemo and radiation, she went into surgery for a double mastectomy, and then reconstruction. Thankfully, she’s been completely cancer-free…

New Year, New Goals!

For those of you that follow me on Goodreads, I have had the same reading goal for the last 5 years. I’ve said that my reading goal will be 100 novels a year. Since then, I’ve only reached that goal the first year that I did this challenge.I only read 65 books this year. Given…