Coloring Book Therapy


During my holiday shopping I’ve noticed that coloring books for grown-ups appear to be popular at Barnes and Noble and other stores this year. My sister, knowing I’m obsessed with Disney’s Frozen, bought me a Frozen Art Therapy book for my birthday a couple weeks ago. I’ve enjoyed coloring in the designs a little at a time. It brings out the kid in me, who makes up rules like, “I want to try and use every color of marker in the package I got with this at some point so that none of them ‘feel left out,’ ” and I’ve found it to be a much better alternative than turning to social media when I need a break. It’s been a great excuse to disconnect from the bright screens of my electronics, and to mentally separate from the internet and all its background noise completely for little chunks of time. Today I’m sharing some of the Art Therapy coloring that I’ve worked on just for fun.


I love the flowery, wintery designs.


There’s surprisingly a lot you can do with only 20 colors. That might sound like a lot of colors, but really, there’s only two shades of red, three shades of blue, and limited shades of everything basic in that packet of Cra-Z-Art markers.


I picked up some fine-tipped pens to fill in the smaller details.


I think my favorite part of this Frozen book is the sisters theme throughout, reminding me that my favorite (and only) sister gave this to me because she loves me and happens to be brilliantly thoughtful. Kind of sappy, I know…but some things are worth melting for. 🙂

Facelift Time

Every once in a while, I give my blog a facelift. I’ve decided to adjust the theme to make my site feel less cluttered and a little bit cozier for my readers. Enjoy the updated look, and thanks to everyone following my writing adventures! Your support and enthusiasm are priceless.

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Writing in My Car

I was sitting alone in my car for some quiet writing time on Saturday when I had a little surprise encounter with nature. BYU campus is right at the base of the Wasatch mountains, and wild deer often come down to wander the grounds in search of green things to munch on. It always amazes me how graceful and ghostly quiet these creatures are. I find it a treat to spot one before it sees me and dashes away. This gal looked a bit lean but acted alert and healthy/normal otherwise. It made my solitary day a little bit brighter and less lonely.


And yes, I do write in my car sometimes. 🙂

It’s nice when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold. I know no one is likely to bother me there (unless they text me), and I can get out for a little walk in the weather when I need a break.

It’s also convenient if I want to read my manuscripts out loud and I don’t want anyone to ask me what the heck is going on with that weird scary story…Mwahaha!

Happy first week of May!

May is my favorite month. The earth is alive. The days are warm and the daylight is still growing. One thing I like best about May is that BYU campus, where I often like to go to be alone, is totally empty and totally quiet for the first couple weeks after graduation festivities. Life, sunlight, and quiet are beautiful things.