Merci Monday: The Good Parts of Humanity

Late last night, around 10 pm, Brianna was in the process of helping someone jump off her car when I was walking to my car. I went to crank my own, and my battery was also dead. The other lady’s car was difficult to fix and Brianna called her husband to come help. I also called my husband because I didn’t want to assume that someone would help me, too.

While we waited, Brianna told me the story of how the other lady, who was deaf, flagged her down for help and–in spite of the late hour, her aching feet, her other daughter in the car, and other justifiable reasons–Breanna stayed for as long as it took to see us all off safely.

Yesterday was a hard day for more than one reason, but un-sarcastically (I feel like I have to point this out because sarcastic is my natural state of being), having my battery die in the Wal-Mart parking lot was the best part of it. I got to see the good parts of humanity in action from everyone involved; I got to check myself as I was humbled by this whole thing, and I got to laugh with two women who I came to truly admire after standing an hour and a half with them in a parking lot.

They are all the good parts of humanity. I’m happy to have met them.

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Flower Swords and Butterflies

This plant has doubled in size since this time last summer!

I call it a butterfly plant because the butterflies really like to hang around it. The kids love the color and the way the tiny blooms cluster together to make flower swords. Husband calls the bush by its Christian name, which I can’t dredge up from my mental well at the moment. Either way, it’s beautiful and looking at it makes me happy, so I’m sharing it with you lovely folks!

Happy Wednesday!
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Wild Hair and Water Horses: Swoon-Worthy Reads

Cover Crush

Confession: In real life, I’ve always wanted to be more carefree than I actually am. This urge stirred when I saw the cover for Tarryn Fisher’s ATHEISTS WHO KNEEL AND PRAY. (This book is not about atheism.) I immediately wanted to be the girl on the cover. She’s so wild and beautiful and free-looking, and she might just be in the middle of a ritualistic dance. Just put a bonfire in the background…You see it?

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I want in on it all. Come to find out, the book is about a must. And let’s just be honest, if we haven’t already been someone’s muse, don’t we want to? For me, that’s a big YES. 

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I accidentally started reading SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater  last week. There was this giveaway (I didn’t win.), see, and it included a quote that you liked from the book, so I started looking for my favorite one, and here I am 3/4 the way through the story again. This book captures me. It gets all the sizzling lightning bolts. 

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Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 😍

Handmade Writer-Themed Gifts: Yes, I Craft!

I adore crafting and wanted to show y’all a few writing-themed presents I made for a friend!

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One is an actual writer’s block. (Gosh, I love a pun.)
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The other is something I made up. I wanted a positive spin on writer’s block because, honestly, the idea of not writing is sad to me.
 
So, to counter it, I made a thinking cube!
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There are concave buttons on two sides to fit her thumb and forefinger, and she can rotate it while she’s thinking grand things!
And there’s this adorable ink jar…
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Do you make things other than gorgeous stories? I’d love to hear about your projects!

Mustache and Mayhem: Swoon-Worthy Reads

I ‘d never heard of PENNY REID until this book came into view. If you know me, you know how much I adore all things vintage. This cover caught my eye in all its cross-stitched, past-honoring glory. It even made up for the strange title, which eventually I understood because I read the book. The story was as glorious as the cover. Since then, I’ve read quite a few of Penny Reid’s books, but this one has a special place in my heart cockles. So, not only is this my cover crush today but also a book rec! 

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I ‘m reading CHASING FIRE by AVERY KINGSTON. (You may recall the lovely sunburst and pensive stare cover.) It’s Avery’s debut and there are many kudos to be given. First, the cover/inner matter is gorgeous. Second, the writing and structure is super well done. She mixed up the structure a little and that small tidbit gave the story urgency pre and post EVENT. *No spoilers* Third, she covers some hard topics, y’all. And she does it based upon her characters needs and motivations so far as I’ve read. I’m on page 198 out of 355 and I had to take a break. I will continue, but it’s intense and I needed a breather.

I do need to send out a disclaimer: If you don’t like to read books with detailed sex scenes, this book is not for you. Sex is a coping mechanism for these characters and long scenes are dedicated to it. I wasn’t aware when I began, and it’s to the point now where I just flip past them, but if that’s not your jam or something you can overlook, you won’t be happy with this book.

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I’ll hold off on my adorable grading scale of lighting bolts and rain clouds  until I’m done reading, so it gets a fair shake.

Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 

Giving It Away: Poetry and Art

I recently bought some watercolor pencils and have been having a grand time playing with them.

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My mom gave me a bit of money for Mother’s Day, which funded the purchase. So, I gave my first piece to my patron and, can I just say, I’m pleased as punch at how it came out. 😍

I wrote the poem a week or so before as an observation after seeing a ladybug flying away, but it really embodies my mom, too. She’s been through a ton, and I’m watching her hover now, her pointed toes inches above the earth.

Definitely expect to see more watercolors in the future. I’m kinda in love with them.

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Breaking the Mold and Eating it: Swoon-Worthy Reads

Some years ago, I saw this blue-toned gem and had to have it. Never had I seen a book with such a lovely cover, so SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi changed the landscape of YA covers from dainty girls in ball gowns to a dressed up eye. (All of her novels’ covers in this series are just as gorgeous, btw.)

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Not only was Mafi’s cover gorgeous, her prose felt fresh and real even in the post apocalyptic setting. Her first-person portrayal of Juliette coming into her own with censored sentences scratched out of paragraphs and replaced with more “appropriate” statements was something I’d never seen before. The novelty was well done, and combined with good story and gorgeous prose, I can’t be anything but a fan!

I read THE OPPOSITE OF YOU by Rachel Higginson. (You may recall the lovely beard on the cover.) Here. I will remind you.

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The story was good. The meals described in the book sounded DIVINE. The backstory was revealed at just the right time. It ended conveniently (as a lot of romances do, I’m finding), but here was the BIG thing for me.

There was so much repetition in it.

It was like there was a list of, like, 4 key things the author wanted to make sure the reader knew, and then I (the reader) was pummeled by those things. It got to the point where it felt like filler.

I’m going to start rating scale, I think. (This is seriously off the cuff)
Story 
Character depth
Dialogue 
Freshness 
Writing ☁️

Overall, four sizzling lightning bolts and one rainy-type cloud! So, if you’re looking for a feisty story with culinary appeal, here’s a rec for you!

Are you reading something worth sharing? I’d love to put a few of your tried-and-true stories on my TBR! 😍