Staying Creative




A few of the things I do are:

Carry a Notebook

Free Write

Make lists….lots of lists

Write down every idea, who knows what I can do with it!!!

Do you do anything from this list to help you stay creative? Is there anything not on this list that you do?


A Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe



Alone (1875)

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were — I have not seen
As others saw — I could not bring
My passions from a common spring —
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow — I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone —
And all I lov’d — I lov’d alone —
Then — in my childhood — in the dawn
Of a most stormy life — was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still —
From the torrent, or the fountain —
From the red cliff of the mountain —
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold —
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by —
From the thunder, and the storm —
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view —

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I feel it only right to honor Poe today, the day of his birth. He was a great poet and a tortured soul. 

Book Review: Something Blue by Emily Griffin



Something Blue by Emily Griffin

I very much so liked the idea that this was all told in Darcy’s voice. For probably the first half of the book my mouth was hanging open in shock over the blatant rude tendencies of Darcy’s character. I was shaking my head at her observations of other people and the pure shallowness that came with every thought she had. The second half of the book, when she moved to London I was thrilled to see the character transformation that took place because of Ethan. By the end of the book I was in tears, so happy to have closure of the journey with Darcy, Rachel, Dex, and Ethan. There are many books out there that leave you wanting for more but never deliver. This was excellent read.

Review: Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin


Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin

I know it is a little behind the times so to say, and not only has this book been read by millions, it has been seen as a movie by even more….but I just came into a little birthday money for my 25th and I spent it in 5 minutes on all of Griffin’s books. 

Truth be told I have always been a book person. Movie versions never seem to live up to my expectations and the feeling of being in a book could never be replaced by watching a movie.

This book was simply written, which is not a bad thing by any means. I love being able to lose myself in a book without having to analyze everything to make sure I am not misunderstanding the author’s intentions.

There was something so painful, yet hopeful about Rachel falling in love with Dex. I could feel my heart skip a beat when Rachel’s did, and that feeling is like nothing else. The crafting of the characters was so believable, I think I knew a few Darcy’s when I was in high school.

I am just going to keep this short and sweet, but Emily Griffin…what an amazing writer 🙂

Work in Progress

I was working on my book last night and I was so focused on one idea, and frankly was getting really irate. One of my family members asked me what was going on so I explained it to them and they said “Well why don’t you just do this…..” uhhhh why didn’t I just think of that an hour ago myself. Moral to the story? If someone offers you help in something you are stuck on….listen because you never know what fresh eyes will bring to your attention. After all, advice from people who read can be priceless little gems. The answer was really so simple I was kicking myself in the butt.

On that note my w.i.p Reborn is coming along slowly. I am really pleased with what I have so far. Still trying to find a way to manage my time effectively so I don’t spend it all in one place (damn those two papers for school that still need to be done).


Please forgive me!

Please forgive me….I started the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy the other night, and I am (ashamed to say) that I am completely consumed by it. I am halfway through the second one and I have laughed and cried throughout this book, I am amazed at how good it actually is. I guess this is what I deserve for finally giving in and checking out what the hype was about. Back on track soon 🙂

Much Love~Ash