After a very long day yesterday, full of complications and unknowns I was tired and just felt off all day. The bad seemed to outweigh the good, nothing seriously bad but a lot of little things just seemed to add up all on the same day. I’m pretty positive most of the time, but yesterday was just a meh day.

This morning I woke up, made coffee, and felt good again. Like I had a blank slate and could fight through the small problems, and make good things happen again. It’s a good reminder that even though we all have those days that every day is different and I’m grateful for each day that I have here.

Growing up I had an older brother, Troy. He was three years older than me and he was my world. I looked up to him, he was cool, and I wanted to be like him. Being his bratty little sister I followed him around and was always trying to hang around with him and his friends. I grew up a tomboy and we played outside a lot. I also have fond memories of playing Nintendo NES in his room. Still to this day because of him I have a huge love of the Legend of Zelda game and still play it now and then. It takes me back to when we were young and I still miss that, and him.

When he was nineteen, he passed away from suicide. I was sixteen and a junior in high school. It shocked my world and everyone around him. It took me over a decade to forgive myself and let go of the guilt. The day he died I was the one who found him and from that day I was changed forever. Today it has been almost twenty-five years since he passed away. It feels like a lifetime ago.

Through all the grief and struggle, In the long run, has made me a stronger person. Going through this experience has made me see the world differently. It has shaken and humbled me in so many ways. I try to share the love of what I do with everyone because you never know what people are going through. How their world is.

So today I am grateful. Even for all the silly, yet at the time seem bigger problems that may arise, we are meant for better things. Helping people, building community, and giving kindness and love as much as we can.

Until next time~J

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Interview with Blogger and Novelist Cole

Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites.

I’m nearly 30 and I live in England! When I’m not bumbling about on the internet, I’m an English teacher for teenagers. In addition to writing and reading, I’m also very interested in video games, baking, cats, and comics.
I am currently working on a couple of historical LGBTQ+ novels and I also write poetry.
My blog is at and I’m on Twitter @/lordcoledemort

What is your favorite food?

I absolutely adore lasagna, and I could definitely eat it every single day. I’m trying to eat less meat, so I’m into vegetarian lasagna at the minute.

If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

I’m a fairly chaotic baker, so I’d really like to learn how to make cakes and sweet things in the kitchen without causing total carnage. The last cake I made collapsed, so it’s clearly not something I’m good at!

What is your favorite genre to read?

I am obsessed with historical romance- Julia Quinn is a real favorite of mine. There’s something so comforting and fluffy about sinking into these stories.

What is your favorite movie that was based off a book?

Probably The Princess Bride! I love the characters and it’s so funny. The book is brilliant, too, but I think I might actually prefer the film (which is a bad writer thing to say)!

What are you reading right now?

I’m reading the second Nevermoor book- Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend, which is a lovely Young Adult light fantasy with big Harry Potter vibes. I’m really enjoying it.

What projects are you working on right now?

I’ve got two novels I’m working on, and I’m editing a third; I am not sure what I’m going to do with them when they’re done! I’m also writing poems and considering starting a short story project.

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