Guest Post: The Freedom of the Written Word

Jan 12th, 2017 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 6 min read
I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. For as long as I can remember, I’ve pictured myself living a bohemian author lifestyle: hauled up somewhere in the woods with nothing but books, coffee, and maybe a kitten in my midst. In my early teens, I thought the only way to be an author was to become a writer of fiction. I didn't quite understand the...

Guest Post: Handling Criticism and Being Gracious

Jan 9th, 2017 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read
Or, slaying the dragon and wearing its skin! The definition of gracious is as follows: courteous, kind, and pleasant. Synonyms: polite, civil, well-mannered. Example: “Smiling and gracious in defeat.” It is hard to be a writer. Oh, that I could go back in time to the good ole days when I believed that writing the novel was the hard part. It is hard to write...

Review: We Were Liars

Jan 7th, 2017 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 2 min read
Before boxing day, when my sister and I were choosing books to buy during the sales, I hadn’t even heard of E. Lockhart or her novel, We Were Liars. I was simply splitting the books into a pile for her and a pile for me when I caught sight of the blurb: Admit it, you’re curious now too! I admit, I’m struggling to write this...

Out With The Old and In With The New

Dec 31st, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 5 min read
I’ve been sitting at my desk for the past three hours trying to think of a positive way to start this blog post. 2016 has been such a terrible year – both for the world and personally – that everything that came into my head began so negatively it induced an anxiety attack. For the first time this year, my solution wasn’t to change the...