Sunday Morning Coffee

Added a tiny sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and ginger (basically homemade pumpkin pie spice) to the basket of the coffee maker this morning. There have been a few mornings in the past week that felt like fall. I’m ready for the cooler weather to make its way here.

Things I’m Enjoying:

  • Dominion House Lit published a piece of my fiction. It’s called Kindling.

    My tomatoes were burned up. There wasnā€™t any amount of watering that would bring them back. I pulled them up and set aside the last fruits for canning. It was too hot, but they needed to be put up in jars.

  • Shared this playlist last night. The idea for this writing project came to me when I was trying to meet a deadline for actual work (of course)rom com playlist writing project
  • This web series–Kissing in the Rain. Yeah, so what if I was looking for Anne and Gilbert fan vids. I had to pause what I was doing and watch the whole thing. It’s sweet. This is episode 2 and it doesn’t make any difference if you watch it first, but if you like it you should go back and watch it all. (And yes, I know, she’s in the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Everyone and their great-aunt Gertrude have told me to watch it. Maybe I’ll get around to it someday.)
  • 10 Tech Tools for Writers
  • I’ve started looking for a good online screenwriting course and found this–10 universities offering free writing courses online.
  • From Marisa10 Ways to Be a Better Blogger

Something Wild


I don’t jump in very often. What I mean is, I think about things for a long time before I do them. Usually. Not this time.

I saw an article floating around social media today, clicked the link, and thought it sounded like fun.

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This small town is full of book shops and one of them is offering people a chance to live in a flat above the bookshop for a week while they learn to run the place. Ever since I was little I’ve wanted to have a bookshop, so this appealed to me immediately.

And then I thought maybe I would like to do it someday. Go stay for a week, see what it’s like to sell books, enjoy life in a little harbor town in Scotland. Then I asked myself why not now? I couldn’t come up with a good reason.

Jolene and I have been talking about a possible trip for a while now. I looked at the calendar and estimated the dates I thought we would be there. Flying into London, doing goodness knows what for a week or so, making our way up the country…

So I found the place on AirBnB and requested a week I thought would work.

Then I twiddled my thumbs and got discouraged because of course the dates aren’t available anymore, why would they be, of course this won’t work out, but I really really want it to work out so I’m going to be calm and then an hour later…

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Everyone — I’m going to Wigtown! I’m going to be spending a week in a little town, about the size of the one I grew up in, working at The Open Book.Ā I can hardly believe it. It’s a dream come true!

Listening Lately: Writing Edition

All I’ve been doing lately is writing. I need to sit down and tell you all about it and I will, soon, but for now I thought I’d share the music I listen to when I write. A lot of it has been curated from various Songza playlists or things I’ve stumbled upon on Youtube.

My playlist is usually instrumental because that’s what I find easiest to write to, but if there are lyrics they have to be the sort that don’t distract.

What do you write to?


Leo Kalyan – Fingertips

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