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    fighting fear in 2019

    Yep, we made it people. Another year. 2019 is creeping right up on us and I’m still stuck somewhere in August. If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking ahead at the next step, the next move, the next couple of squares in the calendar. I like to know what to expect of my days and try to fill them with as much productivity as possible. Real, true, get-er-done work. As I’ve learned, winning is an intentional act, and it all starts with setting your sights on a goal. In 2018 I hit a few of mine. I finished a first draft (and nearly a second) of the novel I hope…

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    top 5 reads of 2018

    This year, I joined the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge by pledging to read 40 books. Sadly, I didn’t reach my goal (not even close — I’m a terribly slow reader), but I did read more than I ever have in a year and I read some pretty fine fiction, including many books that have sat on my To-Be-Read list for years. For a complete rundown of my reading year, you can check out the list on my Current Reads page. But for now, here are my top five favorites of 2018. 1. 1984 // George Orwell This one will probably stick with me for a long time. Admittedly, I am…

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    a bookish gift guide

    Gifting for the readers and writers on your list may be easy, but if you’re looking to give something other than their favorite author’s latest or the next title on their To-Be-Read list, here are a few unique suggestions for your literature-loving friends and family members. Beautiful Book Sets With #bookstagram all the rage these days, beautiful, artistic book covers are essential to creating that #bookblogger Instagram aesthetic. If you’re looking to spoil the bookworms on your list, consider gifting them one of these gorgeous book sets. Juniper Books¬†–¬†$$$-$$$$ Few companies do book sets quite as well as Juniper books, but their sets can be on the pricier side. Some…