Five Things Friday (#5)

My fifth Five Things Friday! Feels sort of lucky, doesn’t it? This weekend is the beginning of October, and I couldn’t be more excited. I have a girls’ trip to Big Bear, my college roomie visiting from Portland, my birthday, two of my beloved internet friends coming to visit and meet me in person for the firstContinue reading “Five Things Friday (#5)”

Practical Romance

You guys, I don’t want to sound dramatic, but writing is hard.

I want it to be all composing in coffee shops, riding a wave of inspiration with a jaunty beret on my head but it’s just not. 

It’s kind of like marriage. The movies make it look so romantic. Proposals are epic and surprising. In reality, I remember thinking before Marshall and I got engaged, “Wow, this is a lot more practical than I expected.” We’d been talking about marriage for at least a year before he proposed, hashing out all the details of when and where and how. It wasn’t a shock when he finally proposed, but it was beautiful, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Communication and work and practicality are the keys to being able to enjoy all the romantic aspects.

Autumn Sale!

Happy autumn, everyone! To celebrate the coziest of seasons, the paperback version of Across the Formidable Sea is on sale for $7.99! Click here or click “Shop my Book” at the top of the blog to go check it out! ATFS has a four-and-a-half star rating on Amazon, and has been called “raw and relatable,” “fresh,”Continue reading “Autumn Sale!”

Septembers into Octobers

The other day Marshall and I drove by a pumpkin patch and I was shocked. “They have pumpkins already?!” Marshall’s response was to look at me sideways and say, “Claire, it’s the end of September.” I’m an October baby. On Friday the 13th this year, I’ll be turning 26, which is something I somehow feelContinue reading “Septembers into Octobers”

The Room Where It Happens

After two years of waiting, it finally happened. I got to be in the room where it happened.  I vividly remember the first time I listened to Hamilton. My sister, a broadway fanatic, kept insisting that I listen to it and when it started streaming on Spotify, I gave in. During my walk that dayContinue reading “The Room Where It Happens”

Montaña de Oro

  How fantastic is California? Sometimes I forget because I’ve lived here my whole life, but the diversity of landscapes and climates in this huge state is simply amazing. I’ve lived here almost 26 years and done a fair amount of traveling, and there are still parts I haven’t seen. Montaña de Oro State Park wasContinue reading “Montaña de Oro”