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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

A personal update :0)

I don't do a lot of personal posts on here, because it is a book blog, but since it's my book blog and my focus has shifted slightly in the past few months, I figured what the heck. I am pretty excited about some upcoming life changes and I just really wanted to share them :0)
A little while ago some of you may have seen my post about my starting the adventure of writing a book, and I have to admit it's coming along quite nicely! I've been writing a story about a girl named Grace, and her journey to finding a brother she hasn't seen in years. I love Grace and I'm so excited to be telling her story, but this evening when I went to Starbucks to get myself some quality, solitary writing time a new character popped into my head and she was demanding to be heard. So a little over an hour and a few thousand words later, it appears that I am now writing two books.

Six months ago I had never entertained the thought of writing anything, let alone multiple things at once. So I am extremely nervous, but also extremely excited. Maybe someday these characters in my head and their stories, will be something that you guys will be able to read :0)
Now onto some other changes I am excited about, but are completely unrelated to books. I'm not getting any younger and aches and pains I've been having recently have never made that more clear. I'm trying to take my health more seriously and in that vein, I have decided to take up running. I'm scared as hell about this, because for as far back as I can remember, I have hated running. Legitimately hated it with a passion, but it's solitary and good for me, which are two things that I need. Plus, running clothes and shoes have gotten super cute :0)
I've also decided to become a vegetarian. It's something I've been mulling over for some time and have been researching it extensively, so I finally think I'm ready. I've found some excellent recipes that I'm really excited to try and I really just think it will make me feel better overall. I have never done anything like this so if anyone has tips, or yummy recipes they want to share, send them my way!
Alright, now that I have bored you all with personal junk, I give you a cute dancing kitty!


  1. Yay to all of this! I have never thought about writing myself but now I am in a Creative Writing class and it keeps sparking all these new ideas. Best of luck to you and writing 2 novels at the same time! I also hate running with a passion (which makes it even more odd that I did Track & Cross Country all throughout middle & high school...) but have been thinking about taking it up as well. I need to find a way to stay active and that seems like the easiest to me. As for a vegetarian, YAY!!! I have been one for over 3 years now and I am still getting used to it. My tips are: research restaurants in your area. Before I became a vegetarian it never mattered where I went out to eat but now that I am one, there are a select few that I like going to. They seem to have a wider range of either vegetarian option or options that can be ordered without meat. I also should mention to really try and switch up your diet and not stick with the same thing. I ate stoffers mac & cheese as my lunch for a month straight and now I don't like it. Variety helps a lot! And as much as I like pasta (this can be found at a lot of restaurants, can generally come meat free, and it's super yummy) try not to rely on it for every meal (the belly flab I got shortly after becoming a vegetarian can attest to this!)

    1. Thanks for the tips, Katelyn! I'm pretty excited about the vegetarian thing, the running I am really trying to convince myself I'm excited about...haha.

      Writing is so much different than I thought it would be, but it's really rewarding. No matter how much or how little I get done on a story in a day, I still feel like I accomplished more than I ever thought I would. Good luck to you on yours! I can't wait to hear more about what you're coming up with :0)

  2. All great news! I need to get motivated and get running myself. And two books! That's awesome. :)

    1. Thanks, Sara! If you can believe it, starting running is more daunting than trying to write two stories...haha :0)

  3. Two books?! Yay, Sarah!! As for running, good for you, dude! I'm content with just walking at the moment, but if I ever decide to take up running, I'll totally run with you if you like. =D

  4. Awesome news, Sarah! Isn't it crazy how once you open the writing vein it's almost impossible to close? Those characters will just keep coming!

    As for running, OMG you're brave!!!

    I've tried going vegan/vegetarian/gluten free and have had successes and downfalls. Because of my condition and the fact that i live with my meat-loving, cheese-loving family, I can't transfer completely, but what I do always is substitute milk for rice milk/coconut milk and butter for Earth Balance. I have eggs but really limit my intake of any other kinds of meat or cheeses I have. That alone seems to help a lot. Even though you don't plan on going vegan, I would recommend looking at The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone--lots of helpful info and good recipes in there! I also love for desserts. Now that I know you're going to try it, i'll have to dig up some of my fave recipes! Good luck!! =)

  5. Very cool about your book writing. Writing is hard work!
    Cat dancing is adorable. I didn't know this existed.

  6. Yay for vegetarianism! When I first switched over I was scared I wasn't going to be able to eat my favorite foods, or good things in generally, really. And I'm not going to lie, it was tough at first. And even though I miss this or that food sometimes I honestly can't imagine eating meat again. It grosses me out now.

    Making your own food is super easy. For most things you can just leave out the meat or switch to vegetable broth and it'll be just fine, but some things take some adapting. I used to think meatless meatballs were an impossible thing, but they're really one of the easiest mock meats to make at home. I just cook up lentils (legumes are your best friend) and treat them as if they're hamburger. It takes some tinkering, but you'll eventually find a recipe you like.

    The only super sucky thing is the meat that's hidden in a product. Quite a few Hostess products were made with beef fat or something like that (this didn't really bother me as I didn't eat Hostess stuff.) A lot of things will have beef or chicken fat when it seems totally unnecessary (cheddar cheese cup of noodle, anyone?) And of course, my nemesis, gelatin. Gummy bears and worms were basically my favorite candy ever. Giving them up was probably the toughest thing for me. At least there are a few really good substitutes out there. Spendy, though.

    I could talk about recpies and such all day, so I think I should probably stop :P

    Congrats on running, by the way. I hate exercise with a passion and though I know I /really/ need it in my life, I still can't make myself. Awesome for you overcoming your running hate :]



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