• Balance Blogging and Living Part 2 - how life impacts blogging

    Balancing Blogging and Living, Part 2

    Life has a funny way of handing me lemons, sometimes asked for and sometimes not even close, and telling me to make lemonade. She’s determined to show me she knows what’s best for me, so who am I to argue? Apparently, it wasn’t enough for me to bow my head and say, yes, I understand why I must find a new balance. The day after I posted about finding a new balance between blogging and living, I ended up with a relatively minor infection, a very routine one in general, but one I hadn’t had for about 30 years. Between the discomfort of it and the antibiotics, I felt like…

  • Balancing Blogging and Living - how life impacts blogging

    Balancing Blogging and Living

    On Tuesdays, I usually share the stories, writing related posts, book reviews, and book releases I’ve come across over the past week. Last week I was fortunate to host an author and his nonfiction book Taking Action for a Better Tomorrow. I had planned on doing another stories, etc. post today, but I must also be a person with a life to live. I’m a busy wife and mother. Even though I never, ever had any plans of being a stay-at-home mom, it’s where I’ve found myself for nearly three years now. Recently, thanks to a lovely mom sharing another lovely mom’s story, I’ve been trying to take my role to heart,…

  • Doing National Novel Writing Month my own way

    NaNo My Way

    I’m a reader and a writer. Or should that be a writer and a reader? My mom tells me I fell in love with books before I could read and that I used to sit outside and tell myself stories when I was 2, so it’s hard to know which one came first. But reading and writing so often go hand in hand. Every time I read a book, ten ideas manifest in my head. Someone help me… I discovered National Novel Writing Month in 2007, when I was bored while studying abroad in Denmark because I did not relish wandering alone outside in the dark at 5pm. I needed something…

  • The Lily Cafe Digest #5

    The Lily Cafe Digest #5

    It’s time for another week long break. Expect changes afterwards. A Look Back Reader I spent most of my July break reading, so there were a lot of book reviews over the past 6 weeks. My reading tastes are a little all over the place, but I gravitate mostly to fantasy and fiction. At least, that’s usually what I choose to review. In addition to book reviews, as though there must be more talk about books here, I wrote about why I read and which books usually have my feet moving me to the kitchen to either cook or bake. It’s safe to say books rule my life. The Cottage…

  • Just a Master of Blog Changes Doing What She Does Best

    As my long-time followers may know, I’m really good about making changes to The Lily Cafe. I suppose you could say it’s kind of my thing. I was hoping my more recent changes would stick. The focus on reading, writing, baking, and motherhood as well as the shift to focusing on the magical parts of life. But this blog changes as I change. It’s a true reflection of me. Now, this new change isn’t going to mean I’m adding new interests. Neither am I taking anything away. Instead, my whole approach to my blog is changing, born of frustration and passion. I’ve been considering doing freelance editing for the last…

  • The Thing About Dragons

    I love dragons. I think they’re my favorite mythical creature. There was a point in time where I would not read a book if it didn’t have a dragon. When I think of dragons, I think of majestic, noble creatures. They’re wise and maybe a bit frosty. But their elegance when they take to the skies is unrivaled. I bet they’re even more beautiful than Pegasus. As a child, I thought all dragons looked the same. I didn’t know there was a difference between Western dragons and Chinese Dragons. When I found out, it boggled my mind a bit and made me reflect on all the dragons I had read…