[Not] That Girl

Music Friday Song #2: Kenosis - “What Wondrous Love Is This?”

Another track from the Mars Hill Sampler that I can’t get enough of and there are two great songs from this band on it, but sadly the band isn’t around anymore. I seem to always be stumbling on bands after the fact. Such a bummer, because I’d definitely buy more. :/

Music Friday Song #1: Ghost Ship - “Just As I Am”

I’m still listening to the Mars Hills Sampler a lot and currently can’t get enough of this Ghost Ship track. Stick around for the change up at 1:40. I wish we sang this version of this song at church. 


I thought it might be humiliating for me and interesting for everyone else to hear the very early stages of the trailer instrumentals — this is just pieces I want played on my piano and recorded on my phone so I can begin arranging the chunks.

This is essentially how I write my novels, too.

(maggie stiefvater and hannibal the piano)

Makes me miss my piano. 

Making art for my sister’s new bathroom. ;)

I do. Again.

My dear friends renewed their vows today with just their immediate family in attendance. It was a beautiful, relaxed affair and I felt nervous but honored to be invited to capture it for them. I still have TONS of pictures to edit (Seriously, I took over 1300. O_O), but I worked on a few of my favorites right away to share before bed (SO tired). 

I still don’t think I’m anywhere near professional, but I’m starting to be okay with that. And I’m very aware of how lucky I am to have friends who believe and encourage me. 

Congrats, friends. <3

I’m not much of a cake person, but this weekend I made Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake and it was delicious! Rich and dense, but not too sweet. Just right. :)

1st Birthday Party Victory!

Music Friday Song #3: He Is Legend - “No Visitors”

Oh, we have waited so long for this! Sometimes I pre-order stuff and regret it, but the only ill-feeling thing about this pre-order was the download link not working properly on the first try, forcing me to wait another day to play this perfect opening track on repeat. Totally worth the wait.

He Is Legend dominated my book Crack the Sky's playlist in the past. I can already feel my characters buzzing around in my head, ready to write alongside this new material! So excited!

P.S. Stay for the change up at 1:10. That’s when it gets really, really good. ;)

Music Friday Song #2: Derek Minor - “Ready, Set, Go”

NGEN Radio turned me onto Derek Minor. That and all the collabs he does with the 116 clique. The beat drop in this song is so sick you can’t even pretend it doesn’t rattle your bones. I know this streak of rap music is a bit unusual for me, given the heavier stuff I’m usually listening to, but I had no idea there was still good rap music around. If I had, it would have been laced through my Music Friday posts all along. 

Music Friday Song #1: Joe Day - “Death to Life”

I found this on a Mars Hills Music Sampler and it begged to live on repeat. The sound reminds me of Safetysuit and the lyrics are too powerful to not touch you. 

Sunshine &amp; Bubbles

Sunshine & Bubbles

Blueberry Mascarpone Chess Pie 

So, yesterday I set out to bake a new pie. My oven has been out of commission for the past 3 weeks and the apartment complex finally fixed it this week. It seemed right that it’s first use be for treat baking.

In an effort to use some of the stranger things I had in my fridge (like mascarpone cheese) and some fruit, which was going to be bad soon, I stumbled upon a promising recipe for Blueberry Mascarpone Chess Pie

My first attempt came out looking like THIS. It smelled nice, but when I cut into it, it was very thin - almost runny, as if it hadn’t cooked properly. I put it back in the oven and baked it some more, but this did nothing to thicken the texture. 

Today, I gave it another shot, using a chess base similar to the one I use for my Berger Cookie Pies and constructed the pie differently. The pictures above are today’s results. It tastes delicious and definitely has the texture/firmness I’ve come to expect from a chess pie. And the blueberries and mascarpone pair together so well. 


Start with your favorite pie crust recipe. Or just use Pillsbury. (The buttery the pie crust, the better!) 


  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 5 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp Flour
  • 1/2 cup Butter (melted)
  • 1 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 cup Mascarpone


Roll out dough and place into pie pan. Drop half the mascarpone by teaspoon along the bottom of the pan. Toss blueberries with 1 tbsp of flour and fill the bottom of the pie pan. 

In a large bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining flour. Add in eggs, one at a time. Add butter and vanilla, stirring constantly. Pour mixture over blueberries. Dot top of mixture with the remaining mascarpone. 

Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes. 

Let cool completely before serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. 

New pie: Blueberry Mascarpone Chess! Haven’t tasted it yet, but it smells yummy. :)

New pie: Blueberry Mascarpone Chess! Haven’t tasted it yet, but it smells yummy. :)

Music Friday: Finch - “Two Guns to the Temple”

I don’t know about you, but I’m super pumped about this comeback and especially because they haven’t changed! If anything they seem more energetic than before, like they’ve just had a much needed nap. It’s feels like music from my early college days and I can’t wait to hear more. Luckily, September 30th is right around the corner!


I used to think that my ideal job was to write. To make up stories. To lie for a living. Now that I’m in it, though, now that I’m comfortable in my novelist skin, it doesn’t feel that way at all. I observe for a living. I steal for a living. I stylize for a living. I find things in the real world, I take them for my own, and then I hammer them into a story-shaped thing. Writer? I am a thief and an artist….

And this is why her character development always leaves me in awe. I’ll never be as clever a thief as she is, but I will certainly try.