More Book Teasers! And a Roundup!

Hello everyone!

It’s the last day of February! Isn’t that crazy? I am actually pretty excited. I know you shouldn’t wish away the year, but I’m at least wishing away February. So far it’s been pretty… meh. Weather wise, mostly.

This week we submitted our drafts for the upcoming book to our editor (read: professor). With the way I revamped my story, I’m really excited to see what he thinks. I’ve had some good feedback from our peer workshopping, and I’ve gotten to read some really great drafts myself! This book is going to be so cool, guys. It’s like an encyclopedia of memories and stories. With the approximately 27 contributors to this book, it will cover a huge range of viewpoints, themes, and ideas – a huge collection of stories about people from all walks of life. Are you excited yet?

If not – or if you like to be over the top excited – here’s a snippet of my draft. I hope that these quotes the past few weeks have been interesting. I want to give you a taste without spoiling your appetite (nice metaphor, eh?).

     “I was thinking about that guest book we have here.” He pointed to the notebook at the coffee bar where visitors often left messages and little doodles. Some of them were from local patrons but others were from out of towners who had somehow found the small-town coffee shop and made their mark on it.

“Wouldn’t it be something,” said Frank, “to write about that book? About all the people that come in and out of the coffee shop every day? I think that would be something. Now, if you write a book like that, let me know and I’ll be your proofreader. I’ve certainly got lots of experience.”

 

What do you think? Do you want to keep reading? In just a few short weeks, my friends, that will be a reality! Our publishing date is getting close – April 15 is the day!

Whoo, I got myself a little wound up. As this is the last weekend of the month (indeed, the last day of the month), let me not forget to post a roundup of all the top posts for February! Somehow I was able to push through the winter blues and write some stuff people liked. Huh!

In How to Survive Winter (in Eleven Easy Steps), I offer an easy do-it-yourself guide for getting through the winter months. March is here, true, but you may still need this one for a few weeks yet. Don’t go it alone!

In Heart Day, I shared my crocheted heart valentines and another snippet from the upcoming book. Need to get a start on next year’s valentines (or need to whip up some belated ones)? Check it out!

Finally, I shared the joy of being stupid. Wonderfully Stupid offers food for thought on how we view God, the world, and ourselves. I hope it’s helpful and insightful for you!

Well, have a great weekend folks! Enjoy the last of February 2015. And be sure to let me know your thoughts on today’s post! Does the idea of our book sound interesting? What do you think of my excerpts? And what are your thoughts on the top posts this month? Any favorites, even of posts that didn’t make the “top posts” list? Oh, and if you are celebrating the end of February (as I am), let me know. I think a cake and balloons are appropriate :).

Stay frosty!

Holy February Batman!

Hello everyone! You don’t usually see a Monday post from me, do you? Well, this was supposed to be done on Saturday, but I just had the most smash-bang busiest busy weekend anyway, so that did not work out.

So, here is my belated laundry list of recent happenings. I am also going to re-post some of the top posts of the month of January. Can you believe it’s February? Hallelujah – one month closer to spring! PA is having a brutal winter, very cold and snowy, and our North Carolina beach honeymoon plans are sounding very nice right now.

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I bought my wedding dress on Saturday! This is the only peek you will likely see until June, so revel in it.

We got our first feedback for drafts of the upcoming Book We Are Publishing on Friday. It was encouraging and challenging. I have a lot of writing to do, but I am excited. The book is supposed to be a collection of creative nonfiction short stories about someone we know or knew. Unfortunately, creative nonfiction is not my strong suit. My story came out more creative than nonfiction, but this was only the rough draft. I take great comfort in that. Stay tuned for progress!

Now, the fun part. Whether you are new to my blog or have reading for quite some time, let me just say that I am beyond blessed and blown away that I have such a number of faithful readers. When I started blogging regularly, just a few months ago, I wanted my words to reach and resonate with people. I think all writers want that. But you know, writing can be scary. It can be hard to communicate your thoughts and feelings with the fear that people won’t like them, think they’re stupid, or even worse, never see them at all.

So I say a hearty thank you for reading my blog! It means so much to me and encourages me to keep writing. I’ve had great feedback from so many of you, and I am thankful for the chance to connect with people I would have otherwise never know. Thank you for that opportunity.

I also want to re-share some of my top posts from January in case you happened to miss them (or just wanna read them again… that’s okay with me :o). In Real, I recounted the story of how I got engaged and what a doofus I was. You don’t want to miss that. Rambles of a College Student was a big hit, which I don’t fully understand because it was just that. Maybe that’s why. Anyhoo.

Finally, check out I Read Harry Potter (and I didn’t tell my mom). This is to date the biggest post on my blog, which is so exciting! In this post I give my thoughts on the great debate between lovers and haters of the Harry Potter series and what my opinion as a Christian is on the matter. It could take you by surprise, and I am quite funny, so you should check it out! ;)

Well that’s it for today folks. Lunch is in a bit, and heaven forbid I miss that!

Stay frosty my friends!

Weekly Roundup and Reflection: Finality

It’s Sunday! Which means that a week from today I will be home!

This coming week is finals week, and despite norms I am not really that stressed. There is really not much for me to do besides curb my procrastination and put the last bit of effort in to finish.

There is also a personal/spiritual journey I’ve been going through this past week, and hopefully I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts from that on Thursday.

For now, here is a roundup of this week’s posts! On Tuesday I shared a poemlet called “Texture” and on Thursday there was a sweet little short story entitled “The Life and Times of a Sewing Machine”. Check them out if you didn’t get a chance, or read them again if you enjoyed them!

Have a great week folks!

Weekly Reflection and Roundup: Thanks

Well, it’s Sunday again, and less than five days until Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe that last year I was living in Nashville, working at the mall in town, living with my cousins. Now I am back in my home state, in school, and going home for the holiday. It’s crazy that a year has gone by already, and that in a year everything is so different! But I am thankful, too. I’m  thankful for the chance to be stretched and grown and challenged and blessed. No matter what my circumstances are in life, I can say that life is good. I am able to say along with Paul that “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content” (Philippians 4:11).

I forget to be content sometimes. I forget all the blessings I have and all to easily remember the hardships. But have you ever just listed the things you are thankful for? When I do that, my mind explodes. There is so much. Family. Job. School. Clothes. Food (or, a meal plan, in my case). Even little things: toothbrushes. Beds. Pillows. Socks. Can you imagine how cold we would always be without socks?

So that was a bit of rambling, but I hope it was helpful. This week of all weeks is the best time to really focus on blessing and not deficiency. It’s a hard thing to do, especially when Black Friday knocks at your door in the middle of your Thanksgiving Dinner-induced coma and asks if you’d like to go shopping. Gah.

Well anyway, here’s a roundup of my posts this week. On Tuesday I celebrated the poemlet with “Layers” and philosophized on our culture’s obsession with happiness. Check them out if you didn’t get a chance, and as always, have a lovely Sunday!

Weekly Reflection and Roundup: November!?

Wow! It’s November already! Technically, it was last weekend too, but it didn’t really hit me until this past week. Most of the leaves have fallen off the trees, and we had some kind of precipitation that looked suspiciously snowy a couple of times. One morning I woke to see that a big ginkgo tree on campus had suddenly dropped all of its canary-yellow, fan-shaped leaves into one huge sunny pile. It was gorgeous, but also bittersweet. We are now entering the not-so-fun part of Fall, when everything is wet, dark, and bland and you are forced to hope for snow just for something interesting.

I also had to laugh, because of course now that we are waiting for Thanksgiving to arrive, naturally all you hear about is Christmas! It brought to mind one of my favorite memes:

I just have to shake my head. I banish all thought of Christmas until after Thanksgiving. Everything in it’s proper place ;)

Anyway, here’s a roundup of posts you may have missed this week. Check ’em out if you haven’t already (or check ’em out twice! I won’t complain :o).

Apple Peel is a short story I shared on Tuesday. It revolves around an elegant small-town cafe, an elderly lady who loves her tea, and a skinny barista who befuddles her reality. Square Pegs is a poetic commentary on the way we as a society view those with disabilities (specifically autism), and finally, I share my recent knitting adventures in Crafterday: Knitted Headwraps!

Thanks to you all for reading today and throughout the week. I have some goodies cooked up for next week, so stay posted! In the meantime, What do you think of Christmas taking over poor Thanksgiving? Is Christmas superior? Does Thanksgiving need to suck it up? Is it survival of the fittest? Let me know in the comments below. It is a battle for the ages. ;)

Much love,

Hannah