Hear Me Out: In Defense of Romance Books

  I just read this article: Hear Me Out: Why You Should Be Reading Romance Novels It’s an interesting read, especially if you’ve always thought romance novels aren’t your thing. Of course, I support the notion that Romance Novels Could Save The Planet because I write them. But, as a reader of romance, I truly…

Say What You Mean

Just to further explain my last post- because I realized it wasn’t clear- I don’t undervalue education.  Education is very important.  However, there is a point where the education you are paying for isn’t worth what you are paying.  That’s where I believe we’re at in this country. The degree I earned didn’t prepare me…

Hear Me Out: College

I’m going to say something that you may not agree with, but hear me out. I don’t think most people should go to college. Here is why.  I paid a lot of money to go to college.  Two different schools.  First two years were mostly core classes.  In my idealist, eighteen year old mind, I…

The Grey Area

  I find I exist in the grey. It’s where I want to be. There is no black or white. No science or spirit. There is no left or right, Elvis or Beatles. There are always questions, seldom answers. That’s the way I like it. I don’t need to be surrounded by the same color….

The Catch 22 of Writing

  When you are a writer, you are born a writer.  More so a novelist, I would say.  It’s printed on your DNA at conception. Then you dabble in writing.  You try it out when you’re a preadolescent, testing out young themes (puppy love) and tame plot lines (a bully, perhaps).  It’s exciting- you can…

The Essence of Travel

Just came upon this article today: A Love Letter to Paris It really hit on the purpose of travel.  What does travel bring to your life?  What makes the airfare worth it? To me, it’s about discovering a place.  The life and breath of a dot on the map.  Cities and towns are like organisms-…

Making Fantasy Fashionable

As a reader, I was always aware of the stigma placed upon Sci-fi and Fantasy genre novels.  “Only nerds read those”.  “Do you play Dungeons and Dragons too?”.  “Does it involve Cosplay?”. While those questions don’t insult me- I respect anyone who uses costume and imagination to celebrate their beloved hobby/obsession- I do think it’s…

Let’s Get Real: Opinion Vs. Fact

In a similar vein to my last post, I felt it was a good time to touch on this subject.  It seems that, lately, the line between opinion and fact has faded to the point where we don’t know where one ends and the other begins anymore. Let’s look at definitions (taken from Google): Opinion…

Let’s Get Real: Judgment and Criticism

I’ve gotten to a stage in my life where I don’t want to condemn and judge people based on their life choices.  I tend to take a back seat now, watching and learning from afar.  And if I notice someone doing something I believe might lead them on an unsavory path, I don’t intervene with…

Free Chapter! Preview of my New Novel

On to something more positive and FUN.  I wanted to give you a preview of my new novel.  It’s still in beta phase, but I’d like to get your opinion.  Are you intrigued?  Would you want to read more? Take a gander… Taken from In the Stars, by Elizabeth Smith Part 1: The Hunter  …

Caged In

Just a stream of consciousness musing on the state of some of my affairs: Tell me what to do, Since you know so much better than me. Show me how to be an acceptable human in your eyes. I know I only make bad decisions, Because that’s the only thing I’ve ever been told. I…