I’ve always liked traveling. When I was young my family drove all over the South and Midwest, staying with family and visiting historical sites along the way (we were homeschooled so we had to make it educational). We visited Chicago, the Outer Banks in North Carolina, Nashville, and Orlando. I fell in love with St. Augustine (the city, not the man).

We’d always travel down South in the winter, halfway into February when we were most sick of snow. The balmy temperatures and the fresh, floral scent in the air meant a kind of freedom. We weren’t stuck in snow drifts. We were on an adventure.

Somewhere along the way I lost a little of my love for adventure. It’s been replaced by an annoyingly grown-up need for security and planning. Sometimes I wish I could drop everything and be a gypsy, but then I remember I have a job and a house and an education (and anyway, my husband says no).

But it looks like there will be a return of adventure for us in the months ahead. Opportunities have come our way and although it’s a little terrifying to take them, we realize that we must. Everything that needs to work out will.

So stay tuned for our adventures, and go on a few of your own while you’re at it. :)

Wedding Planning, Book Writing

Happy weekend! I realize that I seem to treat every day like a holiday. “Happy Tuesday!” I say. “Happy last day of February!” I’m sorry if that gets annoying.

Really, I do it for two reasons. The first is that I honestly can’t come up with a better greeting. The second reason, however, is there really is something to celebrate about every day. Each cycle of sunrise and sunset is a miracle and gift in itself, and I think that treating each day like a tiny holiday can brighten up you and the people around you. We spend far too much time being cold, serious, and professional. Rebel!

That being said, Happy Weekend! (heh). How are you doing? How’s life? What’s the weather like? Let’s have some Saturday coffee talk.

I am on Spring Break, praise the Lord (and I really do praise Him for that), and today I am going with my very suave fiance to do some wedding planning! It promises to be a hectic and splendid day. The weather leaves much to be desired, but the good news is it won’t last forever.

“[Walt’s] voice was gravelly and gruff, the result of an irreverent personality and too many cigarettes.”

We will be getting our drafts back for the Bestiary soon – I am so glad to get the feedback! I am super excited for this project. At first it was a little overwhelming – publishing a book and planning a wedding in one semester felt like way too much of a good thing. But I am growing more and more encouraged. It’s so fun to collaborate with fellow writers and students, helping eachother do what we love. There’s nothing like it in the world. You can laugh at your mistakes, be praised for your accomplishments, and be encouraged to do better. It’s grand.

And we only have a little over a month until the publishing date! It sounds crazy, but I know we can do it. I’ll keep you all updated on the ins and outs. Stay tuned!

Got any afternoon plans? How’s your writing going (if that’s what you do)? What are your thoughts on the Bestiary?