The Writing Life

Let’s Revamp This Blog: New focus and features

work space coffee

Miss me?

Probably not. It’s okay. I get we weren’t really close. It’s my fault really. I’ve neglected my blog, which in turn means, I’ve neglected all you bloggy friends. Well, hey! First things first. I’M ALIVE. Holy smokes! I just checked to see the date of the last entry and it’s cringe-worthy. What’s worse is that I know, it had been probably months since the previous post before that. I’m not even going to check. That would induce hives of failed anxiety.

Moving on!

Why have I been missing? Wait! Don’t leave. I promise not to bore you with a personal rant. Taking a note from Rafiki. Let’s have the cartoon baboon–baboon? Monkey? Anyway, ‘The Lion King’ monkey impart us with all of his old man wisdom.



When I created this new blog, I was making a hard turn left, veering off toward the beaten path leading to unknown crazy town. I had two, no, three blogs that were relevant to a certain time of my life. One random evening, in the middle of the night (duh, because #nightowl), I decided to lose my mind and pursue writing. Like, actually pursue it. Even crazier, I wasn’t attempting to move forward with Screenplay writing–which is what I had done for years and almost went to school twice to study–no, I really had lost my damn mind thinking I could write books. Become an aspiring author. I just scoffed at myself. That’s just sad.

When creating this little corner space in the interwebs, I wanted to write about the journey. As some may already know, and if you didn’t but you know about writer-types, then you know that most of us are spectacular (NOT) when it comes to verbal communication but feel free and seem to come alive when expressing ourselves through writing. Suddenly, we’re witty, charming, well-spoken individuals who put forth the image of being able to take over the world.

Ha. Well, yes. Yes, we can. Through fiction. Real life? We’re clueless and lost and oh, yeah, I’m that awkward, shy girl in the corner, pretending she’s standing there alone on purpose, when all along she’s humming to herself, “I wish that I could, be like the cool kids. Cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in…”

After months of feeling lost in my writing journey, something was given to me that has now shifted my little adventure off it’s denial rocker. My freelance editor has sent me the edits to my first completed draft for my first book. Things just got real. While I’ve been digesting that–mainly, staring at walls or living in other people’s books as a distraction–the time to move this little writing train along is way past overdue.

escape reality books

That’s where the revamping comes to play.

I’m gonna start working on having three features/categories now that we’re restarting the engine in my writing process. I naturally said, “we” because I honestly feel like I’m in this journey with the writing/book community. I have met some amazingly supportive people throughout this endeavor, and some I’m even grateful to call friends. No man is an island. And as isolated as writer-types may be, we can’t do this alone. We need like-minded creatives who will remind us that one, we’re not crazy. Two, we don’t suck. Three, misery loves company. Huzzah to chocolates, coffee, and wine!

Writer Blog: Day #

This new feature will be an almost daily entry of ramblings where I’ll share what I’m experiencing on that particular day during the writing process. I’m doing this for a couple reasons. First off, I need to feel the accountability in my life. For some reason, the pressure I feel from the imaginary audience reading these posts, reminds me that I can’t let them down.

Another reason is, someone out there is me. Me on those days where I searched high and low for blogs that spoke on a certain topic about writing, hoping to find specific advice or just the encouragement that I was not alone during that specific phase. Guys! Writing is HARD! Clearly, I’m not an expert but if I can pass along something I happen to have stumbled upon that helps me then in turn, helps another, well, here I am. Typing away. While I enter the big, bad world of REVISIONS (shivers), I’ll take y’all along with me. I’m giving myself the freedom to vent, share, impart, or just leave a one-liner, a meme, a gif. That’s also where my next feature comes along…

Random Nothings:

This little category here is to give me the freedom to just word vomit about something I thought about, came across, or just want to share with you all on that given day. I need to tell myself that it’s okay if I don’t launch a structured, entertaining and cohesive train of thought in traditional blog form. There are no rules! It’s I guess also me, giving myself permission to just be myself. Let the world see the weird, the awkward, and the crazy. Love me or leave me attitude. I’m too old to be apologizing for my quirks.


Why thank you random, creepy man meme.

And for the moment, last but not least:

Let’s Talk BOOKS:

Still going to keep up with my book talks. I’ve been reading almost a book a day here cause, again, #denial. I’ve been hiding and escaping through the wonderful world of BOOK BOYFRIENDS! They make me happy. Don’t judge. All three hundred and forty-seven of them.

Of course, this little burst of determined energy was all inspired by…a BOOK! Damn fictional characters inspiring my life choices. This life choice was brought to you by the letter J.

J for Josephine Keller and Julian Lefray. “Who the hell are they?” You ask. Thanks to BookBaristas (such a perfect name! I envy them a little because that name embodies who I am. Coffee and Books. My life. I was also a barista for three years. And I digress), they put out a book recommendation today on their Instagram, and wrote their review on it over at their blog. (Check it out here) 

image courtesy of: Book Baristas tumblr


The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey came out today and sounded like the perfect escape read for tonight.

The Allure of Julian Lefray is a standalone, contemporary romance from USA TODAY Bestselling author R.S. Grey.

Subject: Justin Timberlake Nudes!
Lily, you predictable perv. I knew you’d open this email faster if I tempted you with a glimpse of JT’s “PP”. Well, put your pants back on and grab some bubbly because I have much better news to share.I GOT A JOB!

As of tomorrow, I’ll be the new executive assistant at Lorena Lefray Designs. I am SO excited, but there’s one itty bitty problem: I won’t be Lorena’s assistant. I’ll be working for her older brother, Julian.

I know what you’re thinking- “But Jo, what’s the problem?”

Google him. Now. He’s the man in the fitted navy suit whose face reminds you that there’s hope yet for this cruel, ugly world. Keep scrolling…Do you see those dimples? Yup. That’s the Julian Lefray I will be reporting to tomorrow morning.

Lord, help us all…


This book is rated 18+ for explicit sexual situations and language. Reader discretion is advised.

Josephine being a blogger herself motivated me to revamp my blog with renewed purpose. While reading and literally laughing out loud so far during this read (seriously, some hilarious inner dialogue so far), ideas to help me through this new phase of writing came about which brings me to this random 1am spurt of determined energy. I somehow plan on waking up at 9am tomorrow as well. May God be with me, says the nocturnal thinker who hates mornings.

coffee gods im divine

So there it is, folks! Thanks for sticking around and welcome to those who’ll stumble upon. Happy reading, writing and dammit, just plain ol’ living to all and to all, a GOODNIGHT!

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