Friday, July 10, 2015

Writing Spaces

I spend an awful amount of time procrastinating and making excuses.

I hate to say it's built into my system, but I've trained myself over the last few years to work crazy and better under the pressure of a deadline. That's one of my excuses for writing this blog post the day before it goes up rather than writing it, you know, when I had the idea.

Another excuse I've made for myself with writing is not having the right space to work in. If we can be real for a minute, the last few years of my life has been difficult. I never had a space that felt safe or time alone, so now that I'm on my own, I’ve been puttering around my house designating every space as SOME sort of work space. Oh, YOU’RE my PAINTING desk! YES! HI PAINTING DESK *hugs painting desk*And you! You’re my writing space! And… and YOU! YOU TOO! ALL OF THE WRITING SPACES!

Part of stopping the excuse-making was to give myself a variety of places to call writing spaces. I have three dedicated spaces, not including you know, the couch. The more spaces, the more opportunity to write, right?

I've always drooled over those book-covered, tea-taking writing nook photos, but I grew to realize over time, as long as you can fall into a routine and you’re feeling good (or determined!) you can write anything anywhere.

Writing anywhere also means in various conditions and at various places. Like crowded noisy places. Or places where it feel like you shouldn’t actually be able to get writing done. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I go to Denny’s and write with my friend before work. Another friend and I take writing lunches where we write and edit on our work lunch.
All I need now is a writing dinner friend, right?

I’ve also learned, it’s not all about the writing space—it’s what’s inside the space that counts.

Not long ago, I bought a cheap (ADORABLY BLUE) laptop to dedicate to writing and only writing. Yeah, it kind of seems radical, but man, having a laptop just to keep all of my writing? It’s amazing. It’s light enough to bring everywhere (and I save to cloud storage!), and you want to know what the coolest thing is? As soon as I open the laptop, I’m ready to write. My whole brain is like, “Is it writing time?!” And it makes it a very exciting and enjoyable experience.

I guess the bottom line is, try a bunch of things and get yourself in the habit of writing anywhere. There may not be a chance to write from that dark writing nook converted closet, so just make sure you’re ready anywhere you go. Bring things to make every space a writing space. A book, notebook, laptop, pens, tea, cats--anything else you need.

What sort of writing rituals do you have? Do you have a writing space? Let me know in the comments! For more writing space photos and random cat faces, follow me on instagram!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bookfoods #1

Eons ago, or April 29, 2014, I announced that I'd be doing a segment called Tolkien & Tea Tuesdays! Well, I'm bringing it back but as Bookfoods! Posting on Wednesday this week, but will be a Monday post where I'll be pairing books to food, tea, recipes, drinks, you name it, and take a delightful photoshoot for you to enjoy. Also, make sure to peek at the bottom where I'll list where to buy the things in the photos and inspire your own Bookfoods experience!

If there's a book you'd like to see featured here in a Bookfoods post, suggest it in the comments!

Where to find: 

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Reading Pile

Happy Monday, friends!

It's that time of the week when you can't really taste the coffee because you haven't come to terms with being awake yet, but the beginning of a week is a week full of possibilities! (Okay, yeah, used all of my energy on that one.)

I've spent the last couple of months diving back into reading, so I wanted to post about a couple of things!

I'll be doing a blog post every now and again called 'The Reading Pile' about books I'm reading, books I've read, and books I'll be reading. Think about it like a bite-sized Goodreads without having to troll through shelves and lists. I've made similar posts in the past, but I want to make sure I'm adequately expressing my love for certain books.
Since people ask every now and again for book recs, in addition to my blog posts, you can find my book recommendations page here: (under construction, but you can watch the progress if you want!)

It'll be arranged with a tiny, one-sentence recommendation for each of the books/series I'm in love with, and you can locate it in the links bar above. 

I'll be doing longer book reviews for certain books, and if there is a book you see I'm reading or about to read and want me to do a longer (and always spoiler-free) review, leave a comment. Additionally, I'm always looking for new book recommendations, so I'm hoping to get more from you voracious readers.

That's it for now! Have a great week, book friends ♥

Wednesday, July 1, 2015


(Okay maybe not, but I wanted an awesome title.)

Sometimes the days just crawl by. They keep crawling and suddenly a year has passed, and you look back and think, “Whoa, wait, what?!”

Yeah, yeah, insert all of the reasons why I haven’t posted here, but I just didn’t have a lot to say that was meant for internet consumption. I’ve had a lot of life going on, and since my life has changed considerably, I've been looking around me to see who I am and the direction I need to go in. In any case, I’m still the same Juli I’ve always been, only a little older. (Two grey hairs and counting because who knows when you dye your hair black and blue every five weeks?)

This gorgeous, fresh post is the beginning of regular posts, and since customers and friends stop by often enough, it feels good to say “Hey! Hello!” to the world again.



Your face looks nice today!

Farewell, September 2014. You were a good post. You did your job!

Now that we’ve got that all out of the way, what happens next? Do I let another year go by without updating? Do I post amazing and insightful things or cat pics every single day? WHO KNOWS?

I’ve been working on so much art and writing since the last time I’ve posted, and I’m really eager to share and interact with everyone again.  So drop by every now and again and take a peek to see what’s going on. It’s gonna be a lot of writing, art, and book things. Food. Life. Everything. Cats, maybe.

I’m really excited to be back. ♥