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Writing Update: Rainbow Bookshelves, Audio Books, and More

I’ve needed to do something about my book shelf situation at home for about two years Problem was, I really liked the bookshelf I had, really liked my living room set up, and didn’t want to just get rid of a perfectly good bookshelf (or perfectly good books). So I kept piling all the new books on the floor near the book shelf, telling myself I’d figure this out once I got a little time. Except that never happened and months became years.

We recently hired someone to come clean our house every three weeks (it’s every bit as worth it as everyone tells you it is) and I realized that I really had to figure out this problem because there’s a whole corner of the house that was super dusty and full of cobwebs that she couldn’t clean because of the precarious book stacks. Not to mention our cats love to sit in the window since the shade broke and they had to jump over the books to get there.

I polled a few friends with all the ideas I’d been kicking around, but it was the Boyfriend who sealed the deal when he suggested we just move the existing book shelf into his room. I loved that idea because it handled my conflicted feelings of getting rid of something that was still great and usable by repurposing it to a different area of the house.

Last weekend, the long-awaited project finally got under way. I forgot to take a true “before” picture, but the books that are on the floor in front of the shelf, are actually the overflow books that have been sitting on the floor forever. So you can kind of imagine how bad this situation had gotten. I had books on those two shelves as well as along the top.

Keep scrolling to see the final product!

Before I started the project, I’d a found a picture of a rainbow book shelf and showed it to my friend, fellow writer, and book worm, Kristin Luna. She suggested I go for it since I was redoing everything anyway. I’ve always loved the look of a rainbow book shelf and wanted to do one “someday.” But I hadn’t thought seriously about doing it this time around. Again, I polled some friends and then asked the Boyfriend if he minded that I created a giant rainbow in our living room. Bless him, he said he didn’t care at all.

I am absolutely in love with how the finished product came out. I want to tweak a few things about the decor, but I love this effect and it makes my heart so happy seeing it every day.

Now on to the writing updates! Cursed Collectibles is now available as an audio book! You can buy it here from Amazon or if you do an Audible trial, it’s actually free! If you want a little preview of the collection, when you join my email list, you get a free download of the recording of my story, “The Garden Party.”

I finished another short story around Halloween for a themed anthology two days before the deadline and sent it in because you miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take. Also YOLO. I heard there were over four hundred submissions to this anthology so I’m not hoping for much as I literally stayed up to midnight writing it, but I’m pretty proud of myself for getting two stories written and submitted to things with actual deadlines this fall.

This month, I haven’t written anything as I’ve been busy with client projects and prepping them for the holiday season/end of the year. I have an outline for one more short story I want to write before I start writing my new book and I’m actually more excited about this short story than the other two I finished. Overall, I’ve been super, super antsy to get back to writing so hopefully I’ll manage to carve out some time in the middle of the holiday madness to get that done.

 

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Reading Spaces: Dark and Moody

It’s finally starting to feel like winter here in San Diego. The skies have been grey, the temperatures cold, the nights foggy…it even rained a bit this week! All this wintery weather has got me leaning towards dark wood and moody home libraries. I hope you enjoy this week’s Reading Spaces, which is a departure from my usual light and bright spaces!

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Reading Spaces: Rustic Libraries

I visited Colorado last weekend and even though it isn’t particularly rural where my family and friends live, going home to the mountains always puts me in that country frame of mind. This week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to rustic home libraries and reading nooks!

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Reading Spaces: More Traditional Home Libraries

As a rule, I’m not really into dark wood. However, even I have to admit there’s something charming about a gleaming wood-paneled library with real hardwood floors and shelves and shelves of books! These Reading Spaces are the very definition of handsome, don’t you think?

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Reading Spaces: Rolling Ladder

I think every bookworm dreams of not only having a home library, but having a rolling ladder you can use to peruse your collection like Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Because having a ladder to roll around on is half the fun! Whether your ladder serves a practical purpose to help you reach the highest shelves or is mostly for show, I think we can all agree that having a rolling ladder in your home library is #goals!

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Reading Spaces: Home Office Window Seat

If I worked from home, I would definitely want my office to include a dedicated reading space. Preferably a window seat. Not only would I want the option (or temptation) to break up the work day with a little reading, but let’s be honest: have laptop, will travel. For most of us, we don’t really need a desk to do our work. Okay, maybe my back would not be happy with me working all day, every day curled up in a window seat, but once in awhile? Hell yes!

It’s also incredibly space-efficient to enclose the bookshelves and the window seat within the office to create a multi-use space. Out in California where space (including office space) comes at a premium, it just makes sense to create these kind of hardworking rooms within your home.

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Reading Spaces: Bedroom Book Storage

In the summer when it gets really, really hot, I forego my usual reading station on the couch for the bedroom because that’s where the portable air conditioner is. I wish I had a set-up like one of these rooms though. If I finish my book, I have to creep back out into the heat to get another one. Of course, the room I really like is the one with the wall of books. Someday…

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Reading Spaces: Hallway Book Storage

This week’s Reading Spaces isn’t so much about a reading space as it is about ideas for book storage. Put your hallways to use and squeeze in some built-ins! Several years ago I worked for a psychologist who had tons of books in his home. Books on books on books! Seeing these ideas for hallway storage remind me of that house which had knowledge stuffed into every spare corner – perfection!

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Reading Spaces: Modern Home Library

Bonus rooms and lofts are super popular features in San Diego homes. It seems that a lot of home buyers (and owners) like the idea of having a flexible space. Is it another a bedroom? An office? A game room? A theatre room? A library? Obviously, we know what I would use my bonus room for. If I had one. Which I don’t. Anyway. This week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to the modern home library, which is often carved out of a bonus room or loft! Take a look at these ideas for creating your own mini library in your home!

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Reading Spaces: Even More Rainbow Bookshelves

There’s just something about a rainbow bookshelf that makes me so happy! Reading and books are truly one of life’s joys and organizing books by color just adds an extra level of happiness! For even more rainbow bookshelf inspiration, check out my first Reading Spaces about rainbow bookshelves here.

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