3 Reasons Why Air Bnb is a Traveler’s Best Friend

There’s a few standard lodging options while traveling: booking a hotel or motel room, crashing on a friend or family member’s couch, pitching a tent at a campground, and sleeping in your car at rest stops. After nixing the last two (Matt was a proponent, and I was very firmly not), I started looking into finding Air…

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Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR

  1. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, to satisfy the “read a Pulitzer Prize winner” assignment for the Read Harder Challenge (note: this was also on my Summer TBR, but I never got around to it!) 2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, to satisfy the “read a sci-fi book” assignment…

17 Tinder Bios That Get an Immediate Swipe Left

1. Because true intellectuals can use proper grammar. 2. Because I can’t tell how much of this is a lie and how much is the truth.  3. Because Asa smokes kittens. 4. Because I have no idea what’s going on in this bio. 5. Or this one.  6. Because Shane makes unnecessary acronyms. 7. Because I don’t use people for their Costco memberships. 8. Because Sean’s…

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Ten Finished Series I Have Yet to Finish

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I know, I know. I should read them. Everyone my age has read them. I’m missing countless references and the joy of a Harry Potter-filled life. But 7-year-old me couldn’t get past the second book and I’ve never returned. 2. A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. …

My Writing Process

Back when I was doing my Vancouver travel series, I wrote a post called The 10 Best Things About Vancouver. The final post has nice headings, brief written explanations, and multiple photo galleries. The prewrite version? Well. Here it is: an inside look into my writing and thought processes. 1. The architecture. Urban decay, blah. 2.…

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Top Ten Authors I’ve Read the Most Books From

1. Lemony Snicket/Daniel Handler (14 books) I’ve read the entire 13-book Series of Unfortunate Events, plus Why We Broke Up. 2. Andrew Clements (9 books) One of my favorites in my early novel-reading days. I’ve read Frindle, the Landry News, The Janitor’s Boy, The School Story, A Week in the Woods, The Report Card, The…

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Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds

1. Mr. Penumbra from Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore 2. Liesel from The Book Thief 3. Anne from Diary of Anne Frank (I realize she’s not exactly a “character” but she loved words) 4. Alison Bechdel from Fun Home (also not exactly a character but she’s on the list anyway) 5. Piper Kerman from Orange is…