The Process

How I Developed My First (Finished) Book


It’s Friday again and that means I’m back writing about writing. Though I spent the week editing, I’m still thinking about if and how my story works. And as I read through this book for the hundredth time, it reminds me how it came to be a story that I’m proud of (hint, it took a ton of rewrites and many all-nighters). So as the editing process of my first book comes to an end and I start to get emotional because of sleep deprivation, this is the process of how my first book developed from an idea into a 90,000-word story (without giving away too much so you still might buy it.)

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What to Read

Seven Books, One Month, A Review


photo.jpegIf you’ve checked my blog in the last month, you may have noticed that my ‘Currently Reading’ section has been changing pretty frequently. Ever since graduating and coming home with all this free time, I’ve been reading like crazy. The last four years, I haven’t had the chance to sit down and read the way I did when I was in high school or even when I was on break. Now that I’m done with school, I haven’t been able to stop reading. I think it might be partly due to catching up with the books that I had piled up and mostly due to procrastinating my own writing. Whatever the reason, I’ve loved the lifestyle change. So, simply, here are seven books and what I thought about them. Continue reading “Seven Books, One Month, A Review”

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All Black Everything: Instagram Outfit Roundup


I’ve spent this week working on my current project, meeting with my mentor, and trying to keep my head on straight while I move forward onto the next couple of chapters. But despite that craziness, I’ve been excited to shoot this week’s outfits. I’ve been staring at these clothes folded up in my closet, just waiting for the nice, warm summer day that would be perfect for shooting in. Subjectively, and a little bit objectively, these are the perfect summer looks. Continue reading “All Black Everything: Instagram Outfit Roundup”

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Goals of An Aspiring Author

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Since I’ve begun to get serious about writing and publishing, my goals have become a lot more concrete. For a while, it was just finishing a book. Then I was just hoping that I would let someone other than a friend read it. Then I wanted to work on my craft and then get published. When I made the decision to pursue publishing, then I had a ton of things I wanted to do. So now that I’m officially on the road to having a book on the shelves, here are five goals I made up for myself.

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Just for the Weekend

Weekend in Pittsburgh

View of Downtown Pittsburgh from Mount Washington
Photo by Anna Hornberger

If you missed my Instagram Stories this weekend, you’d know that my college friends came to visit me this weekend in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I kind of felt like the Bachelorette doing a hometown date. I’m the only one in my group of friends from Pennsylvania and for four years, I’ve told them about how much I loved the city and all the things I loved to do and all the places I love to eat. After graduation and before we all branch out towards the rest of our lives, I thought what better way to celebrate graduation and hang out with each other than to show them around my city.

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