2017 Round-Up

I can’t believe 2017 is actually over 😦 I don’t know if it’s that I’m getting older, or if it’s that this has been an exceptionally busy year, but it feels like last New Years was, more or less, yesterday. While I want to write a longer update later on, here’s a quick round-up of my highs points of 2017:


  1. Best Show (s) I watched on TV: While being a full-time graduate student and part time teaching assistant (and later ESL teacher) with a ton of volunteer gigs didn’t leave me with much time for TV-watching, I re-developed my love for Korean dramas (K-drama) and found two of my favourite TV shows later on in the year when the workload let up a bit. I absolutely adored Goblin and binge-watched it with my family (full marks for being both emotional and good for a variety of ages and genders), and was about to count it as not only my fav show of the year, but also one of my fav shows ever. Then I watched another K-drama, Because This is My First Life. Oh. My. Goodness! I still loved Goblin, so I had to tie the two as my top favourites, but BTIMFL might have to be my absolute favourite ever! The music, nighttime-scenes, chemistry between the leads, plot, and writing were all so brilliant. Ji Ho (female main character ) feels like a kindred spirit, and anyone who’s ever been a writer will totally get her. She and her husband, Se Hee, might even be right up there with my other favourite fictional couple, Anne and Gilbert. Which is a huge feat, since anyone who knows me knows how much I love Anne and Gil.  Technically, Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (aka, Moon Lovers) was pretty high up there too. I still listen to the soundtrack every day and the cinematography and plot are both some of the best I’ve seen in historical dramas. I just wish that they had given the already great ending just a little something extra (those who saw it would know what I mean) to give my poor heart a break, but overall, it’s still a great watch!
  2. Best Book (s). Despite my masters degree being in English, I honestly haven’t had a ton of time to read for fun from last January to 2018. I have really loved re-reading all of my Anne books (several times) in order to write my thesis, of course, but my favourite new books are also related to the thesis. I loved Maud by Melanie Fishbane (it doesn’t hurt that I have an autographed copy either), and while I was on my little L.M. Montgomery  kick, I also really loved The Blue Castle. It’s one of those books that you always mean to read, but never do, but I promise it’s a delightful, sweet story!

3. A Moment Like This…If I was getting a little monotonous with the Anne stuff (Ah, who am I kidding? You can never have too much Anne), I definitely need to store up for June! While I’ve had several good moments during 2017, one of the highest points was getting my abstract accepted for the L.M. Montgomery Conference at UPEI! I am super pumped to not only revisit a part of my thesis, but also to revisit PEI! Plus I love my job, so its exciting to be able to continue on in doing what I love.

That’s my round-up for now!! Happy New Years everyone! Let me know your best parts of 2017!! 🙂


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xo, Em


I Finally Know What I Want to do When I Grow Up (plus update)

Hi All,

Oh. My. Gosh. Is it already spring? Time flies! I haven’t been around much, which has sucked, but I’ve also accomplished a fair amount in the time I’ve been gone as well, which-brace yourselves-I’ve got an update on (I promise, I’ll start writing more often so I can stop bombarding you with a novel every time I log in!

Okay, update #1, I graduated! Although I finished my undergraduate coursework in December, my degree was conferred and came in the mail on February 8th. I am now, officially a BA in English with Specialization in Children’s and Young People’s Texts and Cultures, and a minor in Conflict Resolution Studies!!! This is gonna sound weird, but I love my degree so much! Although I’m sure I could have done many other things and been happy, I’m so glad that whenever I went on a different direction, I was always pointed back to the one I needed to be on. It took a lot of work, but it feels so good to be on the path to doing what I love!

Update #2 I’m sort-of, technically, a graduate student (well, I will be as of September)! I was just accepted in a graduate English program at a beautiful university in the Maritimes, and have already been approved to work with an awesome thesis supervisor! I haven’t accepted yet, as I want to see the results from my other applications and make a decision then, but I am still thrilled!

Update #3 (AKA, The Reason I Haven’t Been on Much): This winter has not been like anything I expected it to be. That’s okay. Even though I can be one of the worst stresser-outers on the planet, I can also find the calm in the crisis, and I also like to look on these moments as a learning experience. I just finished the first two of four courses to become a certified ESL teacher, which is great (one of the better unexpected experiences)! However, around the same time as I graduated, I also was called for jury duty selection (which taught me to be careful what you wish for; when I was a kid, I always used to say I wanted to be on a jury). After about a month of not sleeping, I went for my selection date, and, although I wasn’t chosen this time, I have to say it affected me in ways I didn’t really expect. Maybe one day I’ll share more about that, but I do want to take the time to let anyone who hasn’t been part of a jury selection know that it is okay. Do not stress about it. The only thing, is prepare to get emotional, and to never look at crime, or victims, or criminals, or the justice system and its importance in the same way again. Like I said, this is not meant to be a downer post, but just to share from personal experience that sometimes the events in life that we think will be negative will teach us new things about ourselves. Be open to the unexpected.

Update #4 (last one, I promise): I finally know what I want to do when I grow up! Okay, I always knew I wanted to write, and now I also want to do some teaching as well. But I have a new goal: One day, I will contribute to The Guardian Children’s Books blog. Wishful thinking, but, hey, we all need goals and dreams! And if I ever make it, you all heard it here first!

Anyway, I’ll be checking back in soon with a post I’ve been working on for a while (hint: love triangles, writing, and “soulmates,” oh my!)




Happy New Year! (plus, “Coming Up”)

Hey All!

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great time during the Christmas holidays and a wonderful new years! I just realized that I haven’t posted since December 15th (whops! #onholiday), so I thought I’d drop in and give you a quick update on what’s coming up.

  1. My Painted Veil saga. It’ll come. Right now I’m busy with getting my novel finished up for submission, plus working on some other work-related projects. Plus I started my ESL Teacher’s Certificate program online! So, it’s busy, but I’ll try to get the story together, in case anyone was reading.
  2. More cover reveals, book reviews, book tours. I’m on several street teams, so you’ll hear more from me on the YA/NA/Middle-grade book promotion circuit in the new year.
  3. More themed weddings. You liked em’, so you’ll get more!
I’ll also just try to log in and post about life every now and then. Right now life is busy with grad school application essays, career development, etc., but I always love sharing on here. Speaking of developments; this February, I will officially graduate from my BA in English!!! I’m so excited. And I believe I have an anniversary coming up. I’ve been blogging for three years this month! Time’s flown (must have been having fun…)
Until next time!
xo, Em