Review : Packing Light & My Packing Light Moment

Hello Everyone, I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, besides the tornado of revisions that spins above my head. I’d love to share some with you about Packing Light.

Packing Light is a story about one girl’s (Allison Vesterfelt Fallon) adventure across the 50 States of America with a friend. Her goal was to go to each State and write about it.

“We discover what we need when we live without things… Sometimes it’s good for us to need things and not have them.” -Allison Vesterfelt

I came up with an idea to go through all my things when I got home from Australia to figure out what I needed and what I didn’t need. I had spent a year and some abroad in Australia with only two big suitcases and a carry-on bag stuffed full of my stuff.

My clothes. Books. Decorations reminding me of home. My Cameras. My Computer. Everything I needed fit into two suitcases.

Yeah, It was hard to pack at first, but it was tougher packing to go home. I find myself always collecting more and more books, notebooks, and pens.

If you stay in one place long enough you will accumalate stuff and more baggage. Probably more than you need.

In the front pages of Allison’s book she has a Rick Steves Quote was, “You’ll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags “Every year I pack heavier.” The Measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels.”

Allison is a talented writer and brings to light many stories. You can see her humble and kind heart in her writing voice. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to travel, or anyone who wants to travel, but never has. At many parts in her book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement. She really knows what she is talking about. I don’t want to spoil the story for any people, so you must go check it out! 🙂

“I drove home crying, not just because of Ben, but because home didn’t feel like home anymore and I wasn’t sure what to do to get back to the life I had before.” -Allison Versterfelt, Packing Light  Continue reading “Review : Packing Light & My Packing Light Moment”

Book Review : Shadow and Bone


“The problem with wanting,” he whispered, his mouth trailing along my jaw until it hovered over my lips,”is that it makes us weak.” –The Darkling, Shadow and Bone

As a child, my parents would tuck me into bed at night and say my prayers with me before leaving my room. Once the lights went off, my room was pitch darkness, because my room was in the basement. I’d find myself staring at my chair. The longer I looked I could see something. Something was in the room with me. My heart would start pounding. Faster. And faster. Until… I covered my head with my blankets. That never helped. Usually, I’d jump up and switch my light on in a moment of panic to find it was just my chair with my robe hanging from it. Every once in a while I still have small little moments like this.

What if darkness was a place?

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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

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I decided to take a break from my edits to do a quick update. I apologize that I haven’t posted recently, but I have been in the Revision Prison for a few days. It’s been crazy, because of my deadline. I am reaching for September 23rd!

Keep your eyes open for a tutorial on how to flesh out your characters. Also, this week I will be launching “Devin’s Writing Grotto”, which will be an awesome place to find extra information, tutorials, and freebies on writing.

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Live Through The Eyes Of Story

SONY DSCShe bounced him on her hip. His eyes lit up in excitement. He had never met his PaPa, David. David was an American GI, based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia during World War Two. He had to leave with the rest of the GI troops when his time was up. He loved Margaret and wanted her to come back to Pennsylvania with him.
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Everyone else litters.

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Everyone else does it.

I haven’t heard that statement in a long time. Honestly, I thought it was hidden and locked away in abandoned lockers of elementary and junior high schools. Today taught me different.

“Oh my gosh! They just littered.” My sister yelled while looking out the window. A large woman plopped into her car. Slurping from her A&W cup, before rolling down her window and throwing it out into the parking lot near our car. In disgust, I opened the car door and said while pointing at her garbage, “Hey lady, you should pick that up.” I could tell she’d heard me, but was ignoring me. So, I repeated myself, “Hey lady, you should pick that up.”

Finally she looked at me, but I didn’t see what was going to come out of her mouth.

“I don’t have to,”she stuck her upper lip out, “everyone else does it and litters.”

I wonder what my face looked like when she said that. I am sure that if everyone was littering our planet would be a lot more disgusting.

“Does that make it right?” I said.

She rolled her eyes and looked straight ahead.

This has had me thinking the whole day. How can people do things like that and just look the other way? It’s disgusting and it shows no pride or respect.


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Welcome to my BLOG LOVE INN!

Have you ever been a part of a Blog Love Inn?

I wanted to try something different, so I have decided to invite you to share your social media profiles with us

Read the ‘rules’ below before participating! Thanks! 🙂


  • Are you active on social media sites?
  • Do you want to find more friends and followers?
  • Do you want to find network with other bloggers?

Did you answer yes to any of the above questions? If so – read on and find out how you can do that.

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When entering writing contests…

Welcome Cassandra, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest Finalist. Learn some entering contest secrets! 🙂 thanks again, Cassandra!

As a 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest Finalist (that’s a mouthful), I know a thing or two about entering writing competitions. Out of 10,000 entries, only two could win. The stakes were high, and the chances were low, but I was one of six finalists. Did I have an amazing time? Yes. Would I do it again? Maybe.

Contests aren’t for everyone. There’s much to consider when deciding if it’s right for you. But if you do decide to enter a contest, make sure you do it with your eyes wide open, and use these tips:

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Jeff Goins’ “The In-between”

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I recently read Jeff Goins latest book The In-between which focuses on the moments in our lives where we have to wait. Jeff shares moments in his life where he had to wait. Those moments may have seemed more inconvenient than helpful, especially when you have to wait for things to happen. But, in the long run they were actually blessings.

Sometimes the best gifts in life are the ones you have to wait for. – Jeff Goins

That quote really struck me. How true? But, still it’s hard, right? Because my patience is something that is sometimes there and other times it isn’t. I think that’s the problem in our world today. We want it now. It’s a give me generation where we expect fast internet, fast food, and we want our prayers and questions about our future answered now.

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Erin Healy’s “House of Mercy”


Imagine if God sent a wolf to show/teach you Mercy? (click to tweet)

In this book, I loved the beautiful characters. I loved following Beth throughout her journey.

“To work miracles in our own lives, we must follow this plan: have only love in our hearts, and proceed with first faiththen works. In order for the door to heaven to open to us, we must trust that God is love, that love is what He intends for us, and love is what He wants from us. Then, through loving kindness, we will make our way toward Him.” -Dr. Issam Nemeh

There are many times in life where I have been like Beth wanting a miracle. Big or small. And it’s really interesting that not always are the answers exactly what I’d thought they’d be. Continue reading “Erin Healy’s “House of Mercy””

How Understanding Your Emotions Makes You a Better Writer

I’d like to invite Katie Milton back to the blog. Give her a warm welcome. Today she will be talking about understanding your emotions and how that will make you a better writer.

Photo Credit : Katie Milton
Photo Credit : Katie Milton

We’ve all met that stoic face behind the cash register at our neighborhood box store. They listlessly scan our items and they inattentively place them in bags. The dollar amount is mumbled as we hand over a fistful of money. It is vanilla, it is plain, it is bland. We are no better or worse than we were when we entered the store.

Compare that to the presumed crazy guy behind the counter that looks you in the eye when he says, “Good Morning!” — And he means it! He sings and undulates his hips in dance like maneuvers as he counts your change. This guy has you putting down your smartphone giving him your full attention as you wonder what he is drinking in his coffee mug. You wonder if his past life included guest performances on Sesame Street.

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