Musings · New York · San Francisco · Writing

Snowy reflections: Welcome back to winter

Nothing says “welcome back” like the chance of 3 feet of snow in New York City. Most of you already know, but my time in California has ended, and I am back in the great city of New York, Brooklyn to be precise. When I told everyone in California I was moving back to New… Continue reading Snowy reflections: Welcome back to winter

New York · Quotes · San Francisco

Friday Writing Inspiration: Allen Ginsberg, Writing in SF and the Joy of Reading

allen-ginsberg-writing-quoteWhere oh where do I begin? Well, I’ll start with this Allen Ginsberg quote. How great is that? I definitely enjoy following my “inner moonlight,” haters be damned! But anyway, think about that, and then let me update you on yesterday’s happenings …

Misc. · San Francisco

Friday Writing Inspiration: Nature and All Its Wonders

I’m a day late for my usual “Friday Writing Inspiration” post, but in lieu of posting a writing quote that gets me (and hopefully you) inspired, on this lovely holiday weekend, since I’m in glorious Mt. Shasta, where one of my good friends from New York, Blaire, grew up, I thought it a bit more… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: Nature and All Its Wonders

Reading · San Francisco

Book Reading: David Levithan, Andrea Cremer, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Last week, I headed to my first YA reading in SF to see a host of YA superstars, including David Levithan and Andrea Cremer, reading from their new book, Invisibility, and Margaret Stohl, reading from Icons. Margaret’s co-writer, Kami Garcia, was also in attendance to speak to the process behind Beautiful Creatures. The event was… Continue reading Book Reading: David Levithan, Andrea Cremer, Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Quotes · San Francisco

20 Awesome Quotes About San Francisco

My two years in San Francisco has a special place in my writing career. After all, it’s where I wrote almost all of THE LAST TIME WE WERE US. SF is truly a magical place, and while I doubt I’ll be setting any books here in the near future (North Carolina is for the time being, my… Continue reading 20 Awesome Quotes About San Francisco

Misc. · San Francisco

Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson) on life

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of seeing Nick Offerman, the actor who plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, do stand-up, though it really shouldn’t be called stand-up–more a long speech about life peppered with musical numbers and general hilarity. From what I gathered his personality doesn’t deter much from his meat-loving, government-hating, woodworking… Continue reading Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson) on life

San Francisco

The Ten Things I Love Most About San Francisco (So Far)

I’m not going to lie–I do miss New York. It’s the place where I got my first job, made all my post-college friends, fell in love, sold a novel. I’ve already expounded on the many reasons I love it here. But for everything I miss about New York, there is so much to love about… Continue reading The Ten Things I Love Most About San Francisco (So Far)

San Francisco · Writing

Bike Riding, Coming Up With Ideas, and Writing to the Trends

The photo above is me, about halfway into a bike ride through San Francisco. My new location is great–it’s just a few minutes via bike to the beach and close enough to ride onto Golden Gate as well, through the Presidio (which feels like a Hitchcock movie), and through the amazing Golden Gate Park. I’ve… Continue reading Bike Riding, Coming Up With Ideas, and Writing to the Trends

New York · San Francisco · Writing

The Right and Left Coasts and Writing About Where You Live

I can’t believe that after five years in New York City, I will be leaving in less than two weeks. There’s truly no turning back at this point–the moving truck is booked, the first-month apartment is all set up, and we just called to cancel our internet! Haven’t started packing yet, but that’s only because… Continue reading The Right and Left Coasts and Writing About Where You Live