O is for…

My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.

I took this one down just in case — was an Ogden Nash saying

No commentary on this one today. Just for fun. πŸ™‚ Found in The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said by Robert Byrne



B is for bookstores, but also libraries, bookshelves, stacks of books, & just books, books, books!

I absolutely love and am inspired by bookstores and libraries and almost anyplace where I am surrounded by books. I worked in a bookstore in college and made virtually no money. The pay wasn’t spectacular to begin with, but all those books! I needed them! πŸ˜‰

I love to visit a bookstore and just walk through the aisles. I love to be surrounded not just by the books, but also the fellow book lovers. These are my people!

And am I the only one who watched You’ve Got Mail and fell in love with The Shop Around The Corner? Kathleen Kelly was not the only one heartbroken when it was forced to close. It was so very lovely.

I love libraries too. I am grateful for the chance to seek out books there, but I also enjoy writing at the library. My local library has some great little writing spaces. I’d say a quarter of my current book was written at a particular table by a window at the local library. And I plan to spend some time there this Friday working on sorting out my first draft.

Bookstores and libraries are full of inspiration for me because they are full of one of my favorite things in this life.

Books. I love them.

Books on Kindle.
Books on my iPhone.
Books that are old and books that are new.
Books that live on my nightstand.
Books that travel around with me.
Books that are given away and books that must stay.
Books that make me laugh out loud. Books that make me cry.
Books that are beautiful and books that may look dull.
Books “for the kids”.
Books definitely not for the kids. πŸ™‚
Books that had to be hardcover because they will be read again and again.
Books that can be paperbacks, but still get read again and again.
Books that are classics and widely studied.
Books that are bestsellers and widely judged.
Books that teach me about others.
Books that teach me about myself.

I’ll leave you with a quote from JK Rowling – whose books are some of my absolute favorites.

“I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.”

Yes! And when you surround yourself with them.


2014 Blogging from A-Z Challenge

I am excited to be a participant in this year’s Blogging From A to Z Challenge which will start this Tuesday April 1st and will last all month.

As a part of this challenge, I will be blogging every day in April with most days following the format detailed below. This challenge, though, allows for Sundays to be off as a rest day, but Sundays are my set blog days, so those days will not be in the A-Z Challenge, they will be my regular DYSB style.


For all the Monday through Saturday posts I’ll be following the challenge style, which has participants following an A-Z guided schedule using a letter a day in our blog post title. Some will use the letters without a theme, but I have chosen to have a theme to my A-Z.

A recent tweet from a friend (check out Jessica’s blog here) got me thinking about inspiration and how we find it all around us. So, in my A to Z Challenge blog posts, each letter will be something that inspires me.

Maybe it will be something that inspires me as a writer.

Maybe it will be something that inspires me as a mom.

Maybe it will be something that inspires me to be a better person.

Maybe it will be something that just inspires me to make it through another busy day.

But, you get the point, it’s all about inspiration, baby! πŸ™‚

Posts will be shorter than normal for the most part, as I am still keeping my commitment to write every day, and usually, I don’t count writing my blog as my meeting my writing commitment for the day.

Another cool part of the challenge will be committing to visit other participants’ blogs. I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone else is doing for this challenge. Hopefully you will, too. And who knows, maybe one of them will show up in a post about what inspires me.

If you want more information on the A to Z Challenge, please go check out how to join in!

Also you can use (or look for those of us participating, with) the hashtag #AtoZChallenge on Twitter.

Have a great week and hopefully I’ll see you (and your comments) as I tackle this challenge starting on Tuesday.