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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: 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: White Bookshelves

This week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to the humble white shelf! I love a good white bookshelf, it’s like a picture frame for your beautiful books! And it works with a variety of decor styles. I can’t wait until I can have a wall of white bookshelves like these examples!

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Reading Spaces: Classic Libraries

Is there anything better than stepping into a traditional home library? You know the type. Lots of dark wood, persian rugs, antique furniture, and wall-to-wall books. Since it’s pouring rain while I’m writing this, this week’s reading spaces is dedicated to the perfect place to curl up with a good book on a dark and stormy night. Rolling ladder and bottle of brandy not included.

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Reading Spaces: Teal Painted Shelves

I really like white and grey. And I mean, I REALLY like it. But there’s just something so pretty about a painted bookshelf! If I could ever be convinced to brighten up my shelves, I might go for something like this beautiful teal. This week’s Reading Spaces is dedicated to gorgeous teal bookshelves!

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Reading Spaces: Rainbow Bookshelves

I’ve always liked how it looks to organize spaces by color, whether it’s clothes in the closet or books on the shelves. The fact that the books wouldn’t be organized by title or author doesn’t bother me. I have the Kallax bookshelf from ikea so I’ve loosely organized each cubby by books I’ve read and books I haven’t….and then stacked them like tetris so I can get as many as possible in my bookcase. So, organizing books by color wouldn’t bother me at all! This week’s Reading Spaces feature is dedicated to rainbow bookshelves!

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