April 30, 2012


Oof, has it been a week since I last posted? Whoops, I didn't mean to do that! So here's what I've been up to lately:

Lately in photography....

About ten minutes from my neighborhood, I often drive by a beautiful farmhouse built on a gorgeous piece of land. Yep, one of their fields is filled with buttercups! I couldn't resist parking my car earlier this week and snapping a few pictures. 

Hmm, I totally need to befriend these people so I can run through their field whilst singing "The hills are alive! With the sound of muuuuusic!" And then I'd pick buttercups for hours and feed carrots to the horse. Best. Day. Ever.

{Why hello, horse!}

Lately in reading and writing....

{Hello, awesome book!}
I simply devoured Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers a few weeks ago, and it has become one of my favorite YA novels. Like, ever. I mean, this book has it all: female assassins, court intrigue, a heart-racing storyline, and a formidable love interest to boot. Plus, the book has garnered not one, not two, but four starred reviews! Much deserved reviews, in my opinion. Go forth and read! 

As for writing, I'm forging ahead with my new WIP (it's set in space!) while I await revision notes for my previous novel from Agent Jim. I have to say, I love being in this Shiny New Idea phase! All of the excitement, all of the giddiness...if only I could bottle up this feeling and inhale it whenever I get a case of the Doubt Monsters. 

Lately in nostalgia....

My brother's new wife asked me if I could scan some family pictures for her since she hasn't seen any. (They live in Taiwan.) The picture below, taken on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial (I think), has to be one of my favorites. Why am I making that face?

{Hello, funny face!}

Lately in travel....

I'm leaving tomorrow for Taiwan! It's a family trip to meet my brother's new wife since the two of them eloped back in February. I'm excited! My parents were raised in Taiwan but I've never been able to visit this lovely island. 

We'll start off the trip in the capital city of Taipei and then meander through various parts of the island. (My dad says that Taiwan is about the size of Maryland so it's not very big.) I'm super looking forward to visiting Hualien, a county located on the northeastern coast. So pretty, right? It must have been hard for my parents to move to the U.S.! 

{Hello, beautiful!}
I probably won't be blogging much until I get back to the States. Still, I'll try to update this ol' blog a few times if I have a good internet connection! 

Talk to you guys soon!


  1. Grave Mercy looks right up my alley! Adding to to-read list. (Though seeing a much lauded girl-assassin book at this tender phase of my writing career is inducing a bit of paranoia as described so insightfully by INTERN SPILLS in the first few points of this blog post .

    Have fun in Taiwan! Ah, the very aptly named Formosa island...

  2. I had no idea your brother got married and moved!! Congratulations to them!! Taiwan?? Have a fantastic time and take a ton of pictures! I need to live vicariously though your adventures.

  3. I just read GRAVE MERCY over the weekend, and also devoured it -- in one day. I'm quite looking forward to Sybilla's book as well!

    Those pictures are fabulous! I love the funny face (maybe you're watching something weird camera left?) and wow, Taiwan looks gorgeous. Have a great trip!

  4. Oh wow - Taiwan - I'm sooo jealous.

    And I love the idea of something set in space :-) Sounds like fun!

  5. Grave Mercy is AMAZING. I loved it to pieces.

    Also, that picture of you is hilarious. Have a wonderful trip!

  6. That farm is gorgeous! I need to frame that and put it on my wall. I so want to live there. You should totally befriend those people. Have fun on your trip Mrs World Traveler.

  7. Wow! That's so cool you get to go to Taiwan! First Espana, now Taiwan. I am jealous, you international jet-setter you.

  8. I'm glad you loved that book... we have different tastes, apparently, lol--I loved the premise though, and the MC! ;)
    Anyway, long time no chat! I hope you're doing great, lady!

  9. Aaah, Taiwan! You'll love it! It's beautiful and stuff is cheap, and goodness, the FOOD! I'm lucky I've been to Taiwan to visit family a few times and one glorious summer for an archaeology internship. It's a fun place, and I hope you have a great time! Plus, this is a good season to go; it's won't be sweltering hot (omg, tropical heat, I can't handle you) and less mosquitoes. :P

    Congrats to your brother! Also, you live next to a very picturesque farm. That photo totally looks like something out of a brochure!

  10. It looks beautiful there! Have a fantastic trip!