Wednesday, October 29, 2014


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Shang-TOO-HIGH Tower

I have a fear of heights. Not in the sense that climbing 10 feet makes me dizzy already, but if I had to pick between a tarantula on my arm and standing on the roof of a skyscraper, I'd (reluctantly) pick the spider. As long as it's been trained and is on a leash of course. Because otherwise it might run up my arm and under my sleeve and--

Okay, maybe not such a great alternative.

Possibly the SCARIEST video I've seen on Youtube is one where some guy and his friend climb the Shanghai Tower.

It's the second tallest building in the world, surpassed only by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Yes, put a big spikey thing at the top to make your building taller.

And when I say "climb", I don't mean they take the elevator. They climb narrow stairways and walk along concrete ledges and as the video continues, they begin a VERTICAL ascent up the metal skeleton of the towering, under-construction structure, with the clouds (or fog? I was too busy hyperventilating to tell) obscuring the world below. And when they reach the very top, they high-five each other, like they're not scared the force of that awesome and well-earned high-five might not throw them right off.

Here's the video: you decide for yourself if it's more terrifying or amazing. And be sure to bring along a barf bag.

Monday, June 16, 2014


I must have walked through a portal and ended up five months in the future because there's no way it's been since January since I posted something. It was yesterday. It has to be. I guess that's what happens when...well, life happens. You get so caught up in one or two things that everything else stops existing, even though you made a promise to yourself years ago that you'd find BALANCE.

So even though you want

What you end up with is

It's definitely the rockiest year I've had since I started writing seriously. I've had moments of solid confidence, when I've felt so sure of the path I was taking and what I needed to do to get there, and moments when it felt like it was all falling apart.

Those moments when you look around you and ask, "What am I doing?"

I think that's okay. I think in everything we do in life that's really important to us and that doesn't come easily, we have times when the voices of self-doubt drown everything else out.

And overcoming those voices is no small feat, which is why it's really important to be surrounded by people who support us, whether it's close family and friends, or strangers we meet over the internet who share our interests and aspirations. They're the ones who keep us on track and help us remember how much we love whatever it is we're doing.

I'm at an in-between point right now. Not cynical, but not naively optimistic either. I started this gig about three years ago, and in a lot of ways, I'm still exactly where I was. In some ways, I've regressed. But in so many other ways, I'm light years ahead of the old me. I just have to keep looking forward.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


It's amazing to think that 2013 is over and we're in a completely new year now. I'd think it was still 2012 and we were all waiting for the countdown to the end of the world, but here we are, beginning 2014 and wondering what new adventures and troubles it'll begin.

For me, each year is another milestone in my fledgeling writing career. I've got three manuscripts under my belt now and working on finishing up my current one. I feel both certain and shaky on my progress these past few years.

I see all of the ways my experience has added to my growth, but sometimes experience, especially the negative, has its drawbacks. It holds you back and makes you hesitant to dive headfirst into new ventures. It can also limit your vision if that fear isn't overcome.

And that's my goal this year. To learn from my past while still retaining all of the things that kept the fire in my heart lit and made me the aspiring author I am today. Expect an update on that somewhere around January 2015 (which feels like a century away, but I'm sure we'll get there in what will seem like a month and a half).