Showing posts from April, 2018

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Winners

Congratulations to our giveaway winners!

The Writer Pack: Marija M.

The Reader Pack: Janey B.

The Bird Lover Pack: Tamara R.

The I Miss Christmas Pack: Alma L.

The Fangirl Pack: Allyson T.

Your prizes will be in the mail this weekend. To everyone who entered, thank you! May you have better luck next time :)

Spring Cleaning Giveaway Closed

Hello, my lovely readers!

I want to say thank you so much to everyone who entered my spring cleaning giveaway in the last week. We had over 300 entries! The giveaway closed last night at midnight, so now it's time to pick the winners.

I've drawn five names from the Rafflecopter entries. I've emailed the winners to notify them, so if you entered, check your email! And make sure to check the spam folder, too, just in case. Winners have 24 hours to respond before I draw someone else, so don't dilly-dally!

I'll announce the winners' (first) names and prizes on Saturday. Again, thank you to everyone who entered! And if you're new to my blog, welcome. I hope you stick around to see what else we have going on here :)

Dear Freshman: Identity

Don't forget: today is the last day to enter my Spring Cleaning Giveaway!



Dear Freshman,

This year, I've heard the phrase "identity politics" a lot. I guess the idea is that people let their identities dictate their political stances and alliances instead of grouping together by party. I've never understood why saying something like "hey, LGBTQ people deal with unique problems everyone else doesn't, and I'm part of an LGBTQ group trying to do something about that" is so horrible, but political talk makes everyone jumpy and irrational, I guess.

The concept of identity and how it shapes your opinions, worldview, lifestyle, and choices is nothing new, though. And it's a huge part of the college experience. Let's talk a little about some of the pieces that make up a person's identity, and how we think about them differently in a college environment.

This letter is going to be limited in what I can teach based on my own personal e…

Spring Cleaning Giveaway!

Good morning, my lovely readers!

According to the calendars, spring has been upon us for nearly a month now. But ask anyone who's spent any time in Indiana, and they'll agree: spring is an elusive and mysterious creature here. So I don't think it's too late to do a little spring cleaning.

I've got a lot of big life changes coming up. In the next few months, I'll be graduating college and hopefully starting a new job. In preparation for these big life changes, I've been combing through my belongings and weeding out stuff I no longer want or need. Most of it has been thrown out or donated to a local secondhand store, but there are a few nicer items I've decided to save for you!

The Prizes

I have five prize packs for five winners. Each prize pack will include one signed paperback copy of my book Sixteen and one or two mystery items that correspond to the prize theme: Writer, Reader, Fangirl, I Miss Christmas, or Bird Lover.

The Rules

This is only open to peo…

Dear Freshman: Time

The series is finally back, with a few more letters before I graduate. I know it's been a while, so you can go back and read the beginning of the series if you'd like.



Dear Freshman,

There are a lot of sayings out there about time. Trust me, I'm as sick of them as you are, so let's skip the mottos and platitudes and get straight to the point.

In college, your most hoarded resource, possibly even more than money, will be time. So if you know how to budget it from the start, life will be a whole lot easier as you go.

Everyone in college talks about time management, but what does that really look like? Honestly, an effective system is different for every person. There is no one-size-fits-all. But there are a few common factors to successful time management and fitting your needs and your wants into a realistic schedule.


I have news for you, my lovely readers.

Take a look at this!

I met a snake this weekend on spring break!

But that's not the point, obviously.