My Makeup Essentials

My love of makeup started late. I’m an elder millennial, so I didn’t really know what the hell I was doing until only recently. As in, 2016-ish? I can’t really say that I would have ever been comfortable walking into a Sephora until just last year or so. In this last year, though, I have amassed a nice selection of makeup essentials. My husband would tell you that I went...

Domestic Goddess: A Myth

Two weeks and four days into becoming a mother for the second time and I’ve had my first breakdown. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still better than I did my first go around. I had the whole domestic goddess routine all figured out. Floors were swept. Laundry was done AND put away. My phone stayed face-down. I even played mind-numbing games with my daughter and didn’t quite want to slam...

Have Read: Books of Winter / Spring 2019

A stack of books I've read from Jan - April of 2019.

As I’ve mentioned in my last completed book post, I’ve been spending more of my time lost between pages. And when I mean pages, I mean actual, physical pages. Returning to books has rekindled a love of reading I never really thought I’d regain in my adult life. Who knew I just needed to set a little more time to read? This year, in particular, has really boosted things, especially...

While I Was Away: A Horror Story

RJH holding her newborn son, Arthur.

Since I was last here, I started gestating my second child. That’s essentially my excuse for not updating sooner. I needed to sleep. Smells hit me. Anxiety started brimming. I started making excuses. Too pregnant to edit. Too pregnant to blog. I was too pregnant to be a writer. Oh, the horror! Then Red Dead Redemption II came out and I didn’t even need to make excuses anymore. I’d spent...

7 Mistakes I Made Writing My First Novel

Don't be a fucking failure.

Well, I finished my novel in the middle of August. Hard to believe that it’s already been two weeks since I freed the book to a handful of beta readers and that I haven’t spent much time hunched over my computer since then, but here we are. I started my book in NaNoWriMo of 2016. Nearly two years later, it’s finally done. Almost. I’ve since sent it out to a...

Sharp Objects: The Sharpest Part of Summer

Like many, I was lured into the dark world of Gillian Flynn via 2012’s Gone Girl. I¬†quickly devoured her other two novels: Dark Places was good, but Sharp Objects was something magical. It’s not often that I come across a book that checks off every guilty pleasure on my list. Sharp Objects had a mystery, a damaged but interesting protagonist, some absolute darkness, a dash of sexiness and a little...

Have Read: Books of Spring / Summer 2018

I spent a lot of my teenage years with my face between book pages, but as I’ve traversed through my adulthood I’ve had a lot less time to read. Being a writer, though, I know that reading is pretty much half of my job, so over the last few years I’ve really tried to read more dang books (usually before bed, and usually until I pass out). I’ve also gone...

The Golden Age of Teenage Blogging

Remember in the early 00’s when blogging was about all your teen angst bullshit? Remember when your blog was called “Life’s Garbage” and it was a place where maybe five strangers on the internet read about your bad day and you read their blogs and their bad days and you bonded over your mutual teenage angst over tagged links (rewards for leaving comments, the gold of all personal blogs!) and...

Moodboard: A Parisian Christmas

Ever since I wrote my short story, “Tourist”, I have had an obsession with Paris. The city symbolizes romance in a way that is the worst kinds of cliche, but that’s what I love about it. The hype is overdone. I have no desire to actually visit the city. Yet, I was once a little girl with big dreams, and I still like to keep in touch with her. When...

Lust List: Chic Christmas Sweaters

Winter has come, and now sweater season is now upon us! Seeing that Christmas pretty much starts in October now, it makes sense that one should own more than one holiday sweater. “Ugly Christmas sweater” have become a legit millennial necessity, available all over Amazon and every crappy t-shirt shop online. Sure, a half-decent sweatshirt with Jon Snow on the front might win you the prize at your next ugly...