Exploring Greensboro, NC

Hometown Happenings

Only in the last year or so have I decided to embrace my good old hometown. I must admit, until recently, I attributed a level of failure to the fact that I moved back as an adult. I kept thinking I would run into old college friends at cocktail parties who would say something like, …

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Book Reviews Gold Stars

Review: Kevin Ashton’s How to Fly a Horse

The universe delivered Kevin Ashton’s book, How to Fly a Horse, to me in the form of work. As part of first year orientation at the university where I work, students read the book. And I had the lucky opportunity to be a discussion facilitator. Which meant I, too, got to read the book. As a creative who loves …

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Exploring USA

Vibing on Vermont

If you haven’t been to Vermont, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure. As the 49th most populous state, what Vermont lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. Not to mention the people who do occupy the state as full-time residents are friendly and welcoming, accustomed to harsh winters and throngs of …

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Writing

Using Envy as a Tool

It’s official. I am submitting my writing to a couple of contests. It’s time. Time to get out there and let the world see what I have to offer… as a writer. I have been subscribing to Poets and Writers magazine, which has the wonderful feature of detailing upcoming contests complete with a calendar of deadlines. Check it …

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Book Reviews Gold Stars

Gold Star for Those Who Run the Maze

I’m not sure how I missed the boat on the Maze Runner series by James Dashner, but I’m glad Dashner and his lovable main character, Thomas, finally stumbled into my life. In my quest to finish my own young adult dystopian novel, I have been reading everything I can get my hands on in the genre. Dashner’s …

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Exploring USA

Harry Potter World and Other Life Dreams

When I started this blog, I knew there were a couple of milestones I wanted to hit before I turned 30: (1) Finish my novel. (2) Submit my writing to someone… anyone. (3) The most important of all, visit Harry Potter World. I know what you’re thinking, I have them out of order. Clearly visiting …

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Writing

Being Brave

Are you scared? This question is one that frequently visits me. From my own thoughts to people asking me about trying to publish a novel, “Are you scared?” tends to follow me around. Like a mean girl, I just can’t get rid of. And the answer is yes. Of course I’m scared. I’m not a …

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Exploring USA

50 Before 50

 Recently over cocktails with a friend, we had a great idea. This friend of mine mentioned that she had a goal of visiting all 50 states by the time she was 50. We began talking about the logistics of such a goal. Does stepping in the state count? What about being in the airport? What …

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Book Reviews Gold Stars

The Lucky Generation

I would be incredibly untruthful (and I value honesty), if I didn’t mention my small obsession with Harry Potter and the woman behind the books, J.K. Rowling. Those of you who know me well are probably surprised to see that this is the second post in my gold stars section, not the first. But it …

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