“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” –J.R.R. Tolkien Happy birthday to the Bagginses! It's the first day of autumn 𝘢𝘯𝘥 Hobbit Day, so to say I'm ecstatic would be a rather large understatement. I love this quote from 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘣𝘣𝘪𝘵 because it perfectly encapsulates why I always identified with hobbits as a kid reading 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴: live in a cozy hole in the ground, spend your days communing with nature, maybe have an adventure or two in your free time. 🏔🍃🌾🗡 #HobbitDay Did you ever read about a character or group of people in a book and think "Yep, I'd change places with them in a heartbeat?" Tell me who in the comments! 👇🏻👇🏻
Hello, friends! I hope everyone's had a lovely weekend. It's been quiet and peaceful here plus it finally feels like fall, so I have zero complaints. 🍂🎃🍁 It's still pretty terrifying to put any unedited writing up publicly, even in short, little snippets, but I thought this was the perfect opportunity to introduce the story I'll be working on for #NaNoWriMo 2020 and therefore this Preptober! A few years ago, I started writing a story about a girl in a dystopian future who discovers she can time travel. I worked on it during NaNoWriMo 2016 (and won!), but despite all my editing and massaging and begging it to behave, I don't think the story was ready to be written. So, I backed up my Scrivener project and told myself I'd revisit it when the time felt right. Fast forward to this year, and I'm hoping that time is now. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I'll be using my #Preptober workbook 📓 to help me prepare the new story for November (Get your own free copy at the link in my bio: @tylervrhyde), and then begin rewriting from scratch during National Novel Writing Month. If you're taking part in #NaNoWriMo2020, leave your NaNo username below, and I’ll send you a friend request! #FictionLineUp
OH HEY, CINCINNATI. 👋🏻 I've been downtown exactly twice since March when I started working remotely, which is just the strangest thing. I've missed all the beautiful blooms down at The Banks, walks to @brownbearbakery with @cybellini and @haleygoetz_, summer Friday trips to @graeters with the team... I even find myself longing for a morning bus ride now that the weather is starting to slide firmly into autumn. Following the river along Columbia Parkway on a fall morning is *chef's kiss* It can be so easy to focus on the negatives of life as we know it now. I definitely fall into the abyss of politics and vaccines and cabin fever as much as the next person. In the spirit of positivity, though, I want to challenge you to share three good things about this week so far. Big or small, everything and anything counts! I'll start: 💻 The Zoom chat I had with my siblings and some of our cousins on Monday 📝 Finally launching my #preptober workbook this week (check it out at the link in my bio!) 🍂 The most gorgeous morning walk I took with @mollydbecker this morning Leave your positives below👇🏻, and here’s to a weekend filled with only good things!
ARE YOU READY TO SHOW NANOWRIMO WHO'S BOSS? 📝 After a few years of winning (and occasionally losing, too), I've come up with the perfect way to prep for National Novel Writing Month without completely stifling my creative brain. And I've put it all into a month-long "Preptober" workbook that 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘥𝘰𝘸𝘯𝘭𝘰𝘢𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘦𝘦! My method takes you through 𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐫, 𝐏𝐥𝐨𝐭, and 𝐒𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 before tying it all together just in time for the beginning of November. It'll take about 10 minutes each day in October, and you'll finish the workbook feeling confident and ready to tackle 50,000 words in 30 days! I'll share my own experiences throughout October using #aspiringpreptober, and I'd love for you to join me. Sound like something you've been looking for? Visit the link in my bio (@tylervrhyde) and snag a free workbook. Whether this is your first NaNoWriMo or you're a seasoned veteran, there's something in my Preptober workbook for you! And don't forget to tag a writer friend who's joining you for NaNoWriMo 2020. The month is always better with friends!
Sending love to the veterans, the first responders, the active duty military personnel, the essential workers, the gone but never forgottens, and all their loved ones today. They are the brave ones keeping us free, and I hope we’ll keep them all in mind and VOTE in 52 short-long days. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 #neverforget
HOW ARE YOU CELEBRATING NATIONAL READ A BOOK DAY? 📚 I thought I'd share a photo of my very ambitious trb pile for September. It's ambitious because I'm typically more of a one-book-a-week kind of gal. 𝘉𝘶𝘵, I really enjoyed all the reading I did in August, so I'm hoping to carry that momentum through to the end of the year! Here's a peek at what I'm looking to read this month: 👻 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘔𝘢𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘜𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩 by Maureen Johnson - hoping to finish this one up today 🖤 𝘔𝘦 & 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘚𝘶𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘺 by Layla F. Saad - reading and journaling through each day 🦌 𝘚𝘩𝘢𝘥𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘉𝘰𝘯𝘦 by Leigh Bardugo - must finish this series before the Netflix show comes out! loaned to me by @mollydbecker 👽 𝘋𝘢𝘸𝘯 by Octavia E. Butler - loaned to me by @ian_van_riper 🇮🇪 𝘕𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘗𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 by Sally Rooney - another that I need to finish so I can watch the series on Hulu! loaned to me by @corrieloeffler 🧜♀️ 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘛𝘦𝘦𝘵𝘩 by Adalyn Grace - an impulse buy from last month that I’m excited to read What's one book you plan to read in September? Does 6 books seem ambitious or easy breezy to you? #readabookday
We're heading into a three-day weekend, so it only seems right to share my #monthlymantra for September! This intention really spoke to me because for the past two weeks, I've honestly found it difficult to focus on the positives instead of fixating on every. single. negative. So for September, I'm taking back control of my brain and am only putting good thoughts out into the universe! For the long weekend, I plan to manifest the chillest vibes, mental space for a little project I'm unveiling later this month, and maybe a homemade tiramisu. What are your plans for the long Labor Day weekend? There are no wrong answers!🍹🏖🛁 #dailymantra #fearlessmotivation #motivationalquotes #consistencyiskey #motivationmindset #quoteoftheday #inspirationalquote #inspirationalwords #lifequotestagram #lifesayings #worldofwords #dobetterbebetter #successmantra #growthquotes #motivatedaily #thegoodquotes #wisewordsoftheday #quotesforyou #dothework #wisewords #quotestagram #createchange #betterfuture #bethedifference #changetheworld #positivevibes #smallblogsociety #creativebloggers #ipreview via @preview.app
Yesterday, I celebrated six years with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. And what a year it's been! Considering everything that did and didn’t happen, I think my biggest accomplishment has been keeping this gorgeous prayer plant alive since @corrieloeffler gave it to me to commemorate last year’s anniversary. 😉 Since the Bee is all about words 𝘢𝘯𝘥 it’s #BackToHogwarts week, here’s my best attempt at a little Dumbledore imitation to describe the past year: Bonhomie! Canceled! Newbees! Zoom!
IF YOU'RE A BIRD, I'M A BIRD. 🐧🐧 When I first made Spencer watch The Notebook with me, I had no idea it would eventually lead to us getting tattoos. But then his weird-ass, thirteen-year-old self said he'd be a bird with me as long as we could be penguins, and the rest is history! This was the first tattoo for both of us, and we spent over a year talking about it before finally taking the plunge. (I'm the most indecisive Libran you've ever met and needed to be sure this design was what I wanted.) Then, we did our due diligence to find the right studio (@whitewhaletattoo) and the perfect artist (@f_u_z_z_z_z_). And, of course, our appointment got rescheduled due to the pandemic. But we got our five-year wedding anniversary tattoos in July (closer to six years than five), and now they're all healed up and beautiful, so I can share them with you on the 15th anniversary of Spencer asking me to be his girlfriend, which at thirteen meant lots of walking around the mall and attending Rome Braves baseball games together. All the fuzzy feelings go out to @f_u_z_z_z_z_ for taking our concept and turning it into these gorgeous tattoos and for being so gentle that I didn't even cry! Both designs are made up of dots upon dots, and you should swipe to watch him work his magic. #penguintattoo #whitewhaletattoo #inked #pointillism #pointillist #dotwork #coupletattoo #coupletattoos #couplestattoos #couplestattoo