I had intended to have consistent updates this month with the promised posts from last year’s trip to Japan, but sometimes health gets the better of me and throws things a little out of whack. There will be posts, three of them in fact, and hopefully soon, but this may run over into June’s postings. Photo heavy posts take awhile to put together and lately I haven’t been up to anything of the sort. Thanks for understanding and see you around here soon!

Planning Blog Content (Including Questions for YOU!)

POLL (If you are a reader or are considering becoming a reader of this blog and have a moment for a comment, I would very much appreciate you!)

In several states across the US today we are busy voting for the presidential nominee we like best (or in some cases just trying to vote OUT the one that makes us cringe the most) to see who will be the final runners for the election later this year. I’ll be voting later today myself.

But for now, I’m brainstorming content for the upcoming several months on my blog.

Already-made Decisions:

I will be picking up my “Quest to Tidy” series again within the next few months. I am working on starting a series of shorter posts about inspiration. I will also continue talking about writing and the process of trying to get published. But I’m trying to decide what other sort of content readers would like to see.

I want to make it not only fun around here, but perhaps start a few good conversations along the way.


– More “Me, Em, and Grim” posts where my friend Grim participates in daily household life. I’ve only ever done one post on this, at least partially due to the low poseability of my current Grim, but I am still fond of the idea and I could definitely do more. (If you know of a full sized Grim that’s a bit more poseable please link me!)

– I’ve considered starting a “Ruined Poets” series, discussing the common poets that are brought up in school and how school nearly ruined it for me and, it seems, a lot of us. Several of these poets I have rediscovered away from the classroom and in doing so ended up loving them. Are you interested? If so, do you have poets to suggest to me? What would you want posts for such a series to contain?

– I am also considering beginning a series of book reviews on older books that are interesting or odd. This takes some time though, so I’m curious if there is any interest in this.

– Any other ideas? I am happy to do more picture-based posts, but I’m not sure what readers would like to see. I could talk more about children’s books, my second love. I truly want to hear your suggestions as far as what you would enjoy reading around here because I want to shape this blog for you. I definitely have some of my own ideas in mind and will keep working on them, but the creative well is running a bit dry and the inner editor is worrying herself about what to write, so please, drop a comment below and let me know!

Tidying Hiatus

No. I am not quitting. I’ve gotten too far in this project! (And I love seeing the changes around my house.) But I am taking a break. I’ve been thinking about it for the last week or two and decided it was time.

I’m trading in stuffing donation bags for letter writing, reorganizing cabinets for writing poetry and reading, and digging through boxes of odds and ends for scrapbooking. I’m taking a break to get creative again, something I’ve been neglecting while I tidy.

I’m not sure exactly how long I will take off, most likely somewhere between 1-2 months, but I will be back and hopefully with a bang as I finish off the house project to end all projects! (Okay, not really, but it feels like it at this point.)

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Let’s break out the glitter and craft paper for a few weeks. I’ll be back to tidying before the holidays. And in the meantime, keep an eye out, I’ll still be posting other things!

Starting Fresh


If you are new to following me, thank you for dropping by! I hope you will enjoy the time you spend here. This blog is just getting on its feet, so please give it a bit of time to begin generating the sort of content you can look forward to.

If you have followed me here from a previous blog, I appreciate you making the move with me! I am excited to begin again, and I sincerely hope to bring you something better than before.

Over the last four or five years I have played at blogging, both semi-seriously and for fun. I’ve read so much advice about how to blog, what to blog, who to blog to, and how often to blog that I feel perhaps it was entirely overwhelming and by trying to follow all of the advice, in reality I could follow none of it at all. I’ve been trying to live up to someone else’s standards, and those someones aren’t even people who read my blog.

I’ve created this blog out of the past several years of experience. I have learned what I enjoy and what I am capable of when it comes to blogging. I have renewed focus and purpose, and I am ready to keep learning. This is a place for me to write about writing and poetry in particular, but also glimpses into my thoughts and daily life. It is a place I aim to be professional, yet completely myself at the same time. There will be serious and silly posts both, and I have a few small features I look forward to introducing over the next couple of months.

There is no set schedule for this blog, but I will post at least twice a month, though I am sure most months will see me a bit more active than that.

Your support encourages me. Please follow me on this new journey!