• Day 1: Thirty Days Thankful 2018

    I’m Thankful for the Will To Keep Trying I’m sick today and almost talked myself out of writing this post, but I’ve been working really hard lately on overcoming things despite how I feel. So here it is, a bright shiny new post on the blog that I’ve neglected for most of the year. If you’re reading this, thanks for taking the time. I appreciate you and whatever brought you to my site. I hope that you can find something relatable here and that you’ll leave a little happier and encouraged to follow your own dreams. About a month ago, I found this cute little pumpkin sign in the dollar store.…

  • LTUE: Feb. 15th-17th 2018

    I’m thrilled to be participating in LTUE 2018 over the next three days. I’ve heard great things about this conference over the years, but this is my first time attending. I’m especially excited for the chance to network with other authors and industry professionals who are specifically interested in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. If you see me, don’t be shy. I’d love to connect! I’m also stoked to be pitching my debut novel, Bertie Flynn & The Gargoyle Gazette to a couple different publishers. Wish me luck! I’ll keep you updated as progress on the book continues!

  • The Best Love Poem Of All Time

    As a poetry fanatic, there is one universal truth I know about poets. They write about love. They write about falling in love, breaking up, unrequited love, the love of friendship…you name it. Because let’s face it, this life is about love. It’s about the connections that we make with other people and the world around us. If you think about it, every connection you make is due to the love (or absence of it) that you have for someone or something. The products of life’s lovefest are some of the greatest literary works in history (and some of the worst). But on this day of love, let’s focus on…

  • The Path Towards Perfection of Passion.

    I love the Olympics. This may surprise you because I really don’t follow sports at any other time. But every two years I’m delighted by the way the world comes together to celebrate excellence. I soak up stories of amazing athletes who work their whole lives to be great at what they love. And even more than that, I love the spirit of goodwill, sportsmanship, and unity that comes as fierce competitors support each other to do their best. In every Olympics, I find myself in awe at the potential humanity has both individually, and even more as a whole. Last night, I happily watched one of my favorite events: ice…

  • Bertie Flynn And The Gargoyle Gazette

    Thirteen-year-old Bertie Flynn is a scientist following in her father’s footsteps. So she despises the legends surrounding her home of Mt. Shasta, California. All her life she’s heard ridiculous tales of Bigfoot sightings, Lizzard People, and a lost city hidden beneath the volcano towering over the town. But strange things are happening. Ravens begin following her and a mysterious gypsy appears with a surprising wager. When her parents are suddenly killed, Bertie’s logical world is sent tumbling. She’s sent to live with the tyrannical Ms. Tempo, who blocks every attempt to understand her parents’ untimely deaths. But Bertie is determined to find answers even if they lie beyond scientific understanding. Bertie Flynn &…

  • The Vibrant Life Initiative

    Dear Friends, The Vibrant Life is a philosophy that I’ve been developing over the last several years. I started it as a sort of self-therapy to help with my depression and anxiety. I was living in an oppressively gray world that I knew in my heart should be colorful and vibrant. I’m still on that journey. Some days are still excruciatingly difficult. But I am learning how to change my thoughts and actions and become a better version of myself. As I’ve followed this path of personal development my desire to share my insights with others has grown too intense to ignore. So the Vibrant Life Initiative was born; an invitation…

  • Books I Read in January 2018

    Looking for your next literary escapade? Consider the following tomes that captured my attention over the last month: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson Rating:  Thoughts: In my humble opinion, Brandon Sanderson is the best fantasy writer out there today. He is a master world-builder. Book 3 of the Stormlight Archive absolutely lives up to the excellence of the previous two books.  The thing I like most is that while you are drawn into an insanely detailed world full of complicated politics and settings, the character development is off the charts. In this book,  all of the major players are forced to look inside themselves and face who they truly are. Can they live…

  • Go With Gusto

    How much gusto have you shown in just the last 4 hours? If you're like me, probably not enough. It's so easy to get caught up in the routine of life. We often forget or don't see the little miracles that surround us daily. We need to fight complacency with all we've got and delight in the wonder of everyday moments.

  • Finding Forgotten Joys

    People think time travel can only be found in Science-Fiction, but it's a lie. Sitting in my room playing that clarinet transported me back over a decade. It felt like I was having a conversation with myself at sixteen. And I asked myself what in the heck took so long to come back to something I love.

  • Hello Goodbye 2017/2018

    Well Peeps, The end of another year is upon us, and I’m not going to lie, this has been a tough one for me. Posts on this blog have been few and far between. I’ve had a lot of personal struggles and haven’t seen as much success in my goals for 2017 as I would have liked, but I’m done licking my wounds and determined to make big changes in this upcoming year. It’s a blessing to have this time to reflect and truly choose to #LiveTheVibrantLife. The future is looking bright! Here’s a little song to start/end things off in the right way. Best wishes to you and yours…