Monday, December 19, 2016

Coffee, Books, and Curse Words

Want to read my flash fiction piece Words in the Library? Great! Go to thestoryshack.com on Aug. 11, 2017. Yep, those guys know how to plan ahead. If you haven’t visited the site before, it features beautiful illustrations with each story, and it’s an honor to have one of my stories selected for publication with them. They also have a neat writing prompt generator that you can customize, so be sure to check that out.

Now on to more important things, like this absolutely perfect mug:



This was one of two gifts that I've already opened because, come on, friends open presents early right? These gifts from my two best friends absolutely kicked the butts of the gifts that I gave them. Did I mention that the book also came with a Starbucks' gift card? Coffee, books, and curse words. I am an incredibly simple person.


Other than work, it's these incredibly simple things that I'll be filling my time with over the upcoming winter break. See, I'm not really a Pinterest mom. I'm more of an oh-my-god-why-are-you-doing-that-please-just-go-outside-because-I-don't-care-if-you're-bored mom. Which is OK, because what I lack in crafts and a desire to lovingly construct elaborate elf scenes throughout December, I make up for with this simple love of books.



After snack and homework, before she jets off to play with her friends in the cul-de-sac or at the park, we have quiet reading time. Sometimes the little guy joins in, sometimes he plays with his rock collection, but it's a chance to have a quiet moment with my kids while we gently ignore each other and enjoy one of the few true joys in life: reading.


Also, do you enjoy YA books? Then visit The Starving Bookworm, who just so happened to give me that book (and homemade treats, because I know ya'll jealous). She recently wrote about The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which you should immediately add to your TBR list.

20 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the flash fiction piece! That's great! And I think it's great that you encourage your children to read; it's important for them to develop good reading habits now, because in the future it will help them get more out of their studies and also help them enjoy reading something other than text messages that teenagers love so much. :)

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    1. Thank you! And with any luck, the good reading habits will stick. Fingers crossed for that.

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  2. i liked you blog and sharing .
    when my kids are back from school i have to help them in their studies and homework so reading is hard or possible when i find luckily some Free day for me .

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    1. Thank you for sharing it! It can be hard making sure homework all gets done. I hope that you get some good reading time soon.

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  3. I tried to introduce a reading time too, but with two boys it was never going to go well - they preferred playing.

    Congrats on the flash fiction - I hope you'll remind us a little closer to the time :-)

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    1. That's definitely why my little dude is usually playing with his rock collection instead, haha. And thank you, I'll definitely post when it's a little sooner.

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  4. Congrats on the flash fiction piece! I'm so glad I'm not the only person who doesn't pinterest or do elf on the shelf. I thought I was all alone.

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    1. You are far, far from all alone! Someone offered to buy us one once, I very quickly declined.

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  5. Yea!! So absolutely proud of you!

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  6. Yea!! So absolutely proud of you!

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  7. Congrats on your upcoming flash fiction piece. That's awesome!!! And best friends are great to have.

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    1. They definitely are. Sadly, one of them is moving this month and I'm not looking forward to it. :(

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  8. Congrats!!! That is amazing about your flash fiction piece!

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  9. Wow! So exciting about your flash fiction. Congratulations. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

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    1. Thank you very much! I hope you had a wonderful New Year!

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  10. Aw! What a sweet gift to your kids. This is why I'm invested in MG stories, because I regularly pick one up and read it to my littles. The problem is that then we all get sucked in and don't want to do anything else. Dangerous times...

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    1. I understand that! "We only have time for one chapter tonight," usually turns into, "Crap, it's been 4 chapters, it's late, and you have school in the morning."

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    2. And my voice being dead for the next day and a half. =)

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