Cheers to 2017!

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” – Neil Gaiman 


Happy New Year’s Eve, friends! Thank you all so much for spending your time with me during this wild debut year. I can’t believe I get to go on another journey with you for book two. (Title reveal coming soon!) I’m grateful for everything, especially the friendships I’ve made with my fellow debut authors, seasoned vets, and each and every reader, librarian, bookstagrammer, and blogger. You have all been shining stars and I’m so humbled to have shared this adventure with you. 


2017 is a new chapter, a new opportunity to shine our lights. A way for us to rage against darkness by promoting goodness, light and love. Let’s all make some wonderful art next year. And the year after, and forever more. Stay tuned for some pretty fun announcements in the coming weeks and months!  #2016bestnine #stalkingjacktheripper

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September 11th 2011

September 11th 2001.

A college freshman attending school in NYC would forever be changed that crisp, clear September morning. I can’t believe it has been ten years. When I close my eyes, it feels like it was yesterday…

No matter where you are today, or where you were ten years ago–grab someone you love and hug them. Smile at a stranger in the grocery store. Go on and buy the guy/girl’s coffee behind you. Add some extra light to the world, today and every day. Take a moment to slow down and appreciate the beauty that is still around you.

I’ve pulled a few quotes in honor of today, hoping they might touch your heart.

1.) “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it–always.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

2.) “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
— Nelson Mandela

3.) “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

4.) “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt 

5.) “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
— J.R.R. Tolkien

6.) “At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad. All you have to do is look hard enough.”
— Lemony Snicket

7.) “Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
— Mother Teresa

8.) “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
–Franklin D. Roosevelt

9.) “Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.”
–Rabindranath Tagore

10.) “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
— St. Francis of Assisi

11.) “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
— Mahatma Gandhi

Wish you were here.

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up.”
— Neil Gaiman

Video credit: MajestyofDT’s youtube channel

*For the inquiring minds who’ve asked: All the posts on love are because I’m currently writing about it. That’s really all there is to it. <3333333333

Weird Dr. Seuss Love

“We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” 
— Dr. Seuss

Which is sort of weird… but what the hey. <3333333

Song of the Day: Watching the Wheels

Today’s song is by the fabulous John Lennon; a man who understood just how important peace, and love are in this world. Enjoy! XOXOXOXOXO

Artist: John Lennon

Song: Watching the Wheels

Video credit GeorgeHarrisonLuver’s Youtube Channel

My friend Rachel reblogged this quote, and it’s one of my absolute favorites. It also seems kind of perfect for today, so I thought I’d share it with you too. 

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

~Martin Luther King Jr.

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Pink Champagne Cupcake Recipe…My Life is Complete

Okay, so I’m going to try and bring my excitement level down over this find. But, you know you kinda wanna do a quick fist pump yourself. Go on. No judgement. The fabulous people over at BettyCrocker.com are responsible for this tasty treat that combines, champagne AND cupcakes. Check out their site for TONS more yummy recipes. XOXOXOX

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Champagne Cupcakes

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
1 1/4 cups champagne
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 egg whites
4 to 5 drops red food coloring
Champagne Frosting
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup champagne
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 to 5 drops red food coloring
Garnish
Pink decorator sugar crystals
Edible pink pearls
  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.
  2. In large bowl, combine dry cake mix and champagne. Add oil, eggs and food color. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  3. Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. In medium bowl, beat frosting ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with pink sugar and pearls.