Reading Roundup – July 12, 2016


It’s been a crazy week and I haven’t had much time to devote to writing a post this week, so instead, I thought I’d share a few of the fun reads I’ve found around the web during the past seven days: Continue reading →


New-to-Me Music: Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Maybe you’ve seen it and perhaps it struck you too: the DICK’S Sporting Goods commercial about giving gifts that matter. Called “The Hoop,” the spot documents the relationship between a girl, her father, and the basketball hoop he gives her for Christmas. I’m a sucker for good commercials and this one struck all the right notes for me, so I tweeted DICK’S: Continue reading →

National Novel Writing Month 2014 is Here

It’s a good thing I stumbled upon the article “How to Stick to a Writing Schedule” the night before the beginning of National Novel Writing Month 2014. NaNoWriMo, as it’s known to enthusiasts of the written word, issues a challenge to wannabe novelists: start – and finish – that novel you’ve always been meaning to write. 50,000 words strong. Here’s all 30 days in November to do it in. Go.

For the curious, 50,000 words works out to just shy of 1,670 words per day, or 12,500 words each week. That may not seem like a lot, but it’s still a challenge. How do you create plausible characters with believable lives who are worth rooting for (or against)?  How do you develop a story that’s original if not entirely creative? Most of all, how do you carve out time to write, day in and day out, for 30 straight days? NaNoWriMo isn’t just about the end product — it’s about learning about and developing the practice of writing, and that the kind of exercise all good writers consistently need.

I’ve been aware of NaNoWriMo for a few years now, and I think I’m ready to finally start writing again and pursuing this challenge. I need to grow as a writer and I think participating in this year’s challenge is just the ticket I need to move me forward on my journey to becoming published novelist. Check in with me on my NaNoWriMo page at the end of November to see how I do.

New Nautical-Inspired Knits from Brooklyn Tweed

Apple’s new iPhone 6 wasn’t the only product launch happening yesterday. Knitters and other fiber craft enthusiasts awoke to the latest collection of knit patterns from Brooklyn Tweed, showcased in the BT Fall 14 lookbook. The new collection, described as “fisherman-inspired,”  is full of tightly knit, highly textured garments shaped specifically for layering and adorned with intricately designed cable paneling. Worked in Brooklyn Tweed’s soft, fleece-dyed, heathered wool in a range of colors from the reds and golds of autumn to navy and other neutrals, the new collection has me dreaming, oddly enough, about winter spent in a small fishing village somewhere on the coast. Form and function collide to create a collection that’s at once elegant and useful.  Continue reading →

Thank You Notes: Outlander Edition

Caitrona Balfe and Sam Heughan in Starz' Outlander

Caitriona Balfe as Claire Beachamp Randall and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in Starz’ original series Outlander.


If you’ve watched The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon recently, you know he starts each show with a segment called “Thank You Notes,” a tongue-in-cheek piece that pokes fun at pop culture news items of the day. Needing some way to express my enthusiasm for my most recent passion — Outlander, a new Starz original series — gratitude seemed the most appropriate way to go about it. Continue reading →

4 Tiny Houses to Call Home

Is 117 square feet enough to live in?

Tumbleweed Homes’ Elm 18 Overlook – Is 117 square feet enough to live in? All signs point to yes.


When I moved from New Jersey to Washington over a year ago, I got rid of almost everything I owned. Paring my belongings down to fit in my compact sedan for the cross-country road trip meant evaluating the importance of each and every item. The exercise was at first difficult, then cathartic, as I separated myself from clutter of life.

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Celebrating Summer at the Solstice Parade

Around here, summer is kind of a big deal. The scarcity of sunshine in the northwest makes us really appreciate the season when it finally arrives. We collectively crawl out of our cozy winter burrows to celebrate–sunny days are here again! It’s little wonder the world-famous Solstice Parade at the annual Fremont Fair attracts so many people year after year. Continue reading →