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Harriet the Spy: A Lesson in Messages

The other day, I sat down and watched Harriet the Spy on Netflix. Now, I literally have not seen this movie since 1996, when I saw it in the theater. I vividly remember seeing it in theaters for two reasons: 1) I saw it with my grandparents, probably the first and only movie I ever saw in theaters with them, and 2) before the movie, they played an episode of Hey Arnold, which would be premiering soon (it was the one where Arnold hits Harold with a baseball accidentally and then Helga spends the rest of the day stalking him and yelling, “Six hours and twenty-one minutes until you die!”). Anyway, so I watched Harriet, almost 20 years after the first time.

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Happy Birthday to the blog!

To be honest, we actually missed this blog’s birthday, which is sometime in January, but it’s close enough that we’ll still celebrate. 2015 marks four years I’ve been writing this blog. Admittedly, I haven’t always been very good at keeping it updated but four years on one project is nothing to sneeze at.

I started the blog as more of an author page. I did, at one point, have my own website, but the cost of upkeep and amount of returns were pretty uninspiring, so I changed over to a blog instead. I had never really intended for it to become a blog about writing or how to improve/change/inspire. The past three years, I’ve really changed it into something other than a resting place for information about my books. The information is still there, and since 2011, I’ve published my second novel, hosted a giveaway, and gained new followers and readers here, more than I ever imagined I would get when I started.

Mostly I’m proud that I’ve found something to write about for the past 4 years. It isn’t always easy to think up topics, and I don’t even post once a week. I can’t imagine how people do that. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my own writing and the fact that I’ve felt utterly uninspired for months. I’m not sure if it’s the drain on my time that caused it or simply burning out from the past few years. Hopefully the end of this month will mark a turning point in that regard.

In the meantime, here’s to four more years of blogging! I hope this blog has been of some help, or at least mild entertainment, to some of you!

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An Exercise in Fantasy: If you won the lottery

The powerball lottery (at time of writing) is valued at $450 million, or a $304 million cash value. Now, I’m not one to buy lottery tickets. In fact, I’ve never bought a lottery ticket in my life, but I do occasionally fantasize what I would do if I were to win such an amount of money, so I thought for today’s blog post, we could do an exercise! If you won $300 million dollars, what would you do?

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