A Whale of a Tale: Bookish Vacations and Literary Landmarks

The past month has been a whirlwind of last minute book deadlines and long distance road trips. The boyfriend and I spent a week mid-April in Cape Cod. It was pre-season so it was cold, many things (including the Nantucket Nectar juice stand, curses!!) were closed, and it was generally pretty empty. With our inn,Continue reading “A Whale of a Tale: Bookish Vacations and Literary Landmarks”

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A Tiny Writer’s Retreat

My mom owns a lake house in North Carolina. She plans to retire there someday, but in the meantime, she rents it out. It’s cute and has gorgeous views and a jacuzzi tub and I have my own room. I only saw the house once, soon after she bought it two years ago, and someoneContinue reading “A Tiny Writer’s Retreat”

Maybe I’m Addicted to Bananagrams…

I just returned from a lovely, week-long, extremely necessary beach vacation. The week before had been seven days of extreme highs and lows and my stress level was pretty much at an all-time height. As the deadline for this book creeps nearer, my anxiety is increasing about Getting It Done and Doing It Well, andContinue reading “Maybe I’m Addicted to Bananagrams…”

Philadelphia and the Ploughshares Literary Boroughs Series

It’s up! My guest post is up! If you live in the Philadelphia area, are moving to town, or just want to know what’s occurring on the Philadelphia literary scene (where to read, where to write, where to get published) definitely check it out! I had a lot of fun doing the research for thisContinue reading “Philadelphia and the Ploughshares Literary Boroughs Series”

What Does Poe and a Philly Cheesesteak Have in Common?

Ever since I found out that the National Park Service preserved (one of) Edgar Allan Poe’s Philadelphia homes, I’ve been wanting to adventure there. Due to the pressing need to do some Philadelphia research (more on this later), we finally went and explored it on Saturday. Fun Facts about Poe and Philadelphia: Poe lived inContinue reading “What Does Poe and a Philly Cheesesteak Have in Common?”

A Bookworm’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in the United States

I’m sure most of you would agree that preserving things of “historical significance” is important, but as a personal pack rat, my definition is probably a bit broader than most. If I had my way, there would probably be historical plaques on very nearly everything, toting the minute importance of this building and that object.Continue reading “A Bookworm’s Guide to Writer’s Homes in the United States”

An Opportunity to Virtually Visit a 9/11 Memorial

Around midnight, I visited the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield, PA.  The fountain is composed of two, 9-foot-high towers of water symbolizing the missing Twin Towers surrounded by a shallow pool of water.  Illuminated by spotlights, the water towers looked unsubstantial, like tall, solemn ghosts.  A string of hand-drawn hearts the size of myContinue reading “An Opportunity to Virtually Visit a 9/11 Memorial”