Colleen Young on Self-Publishing her First Books


In my recent post about writing, I mentioned my friend Colleen’s self-published trilogy series (Book 3 is coming next month). She’s already had over 600 downloads to date and gotten a really great response from readers, so I wanted to pick her brain about the world of self-publishing and her adventures in writing. I met Colleen my freshman year of college and…

Am I a Good Writer?


[photo c. 2013 by Jana Powers] On my recent self-imposed hiatus from the blog, I’ve been thinking a lot about writing. Specifically, what does it mean to be a writer and beyond that, what makes someone a “good” writer? Because I wrote constantly from a young age, I’ve always considered writing a true passion of mine. My writing tends to…

10 Questions with Kathleen Currie of Smoke Perfume

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Kathleen Currie is the creator of Smoke Perfume, a New Orleans-based company offering natural products like body oils, salt and sugar scrubs, candles, and perfume. I love the products and clever packaging, and the scrubs are the perfect gift for anyone. Kathleen is a massage therapist by trade, studied holistic health in college, and runs one of my favorite Instagram…

Blogs I Follow


Catching up on the blogs I follow is somewhat of a morning ritual of mine, and at this point, I’ve got a good handful of sites that inspire me in different ways. I use Blogger to organize the blogs I follow, so that when I go on the site, I just have one central feed to look at that shows…

Explore Your Dreams: Dream Caravan in New Orleans


I’ve always been a believer in dreams as signs but I’m not extremely familiar with dreamwork, so I was excited when Kezia Kamenetz reached out to me with news about Dream Caravan, an event she organized for the November 7-8 weekend in New Orleans (FB page here). Dream Caravan offers lectures, panels, workshops, and one-on-one sessions for people to learn more…

How to Cohabit Without Killing Each Other


Living with people can be really hard in general, but living with the person you’re in a relationship with offers up some very specific challenges – keeping the romance alive, negotiating touchy issues like money, divvying up household duties, etc. I’ve been wanting to write a post on how to successfully cohabit with your boyfriend/girlfriend, based on my own experiences….