Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

CategoryLife Stuff

Loss of Control


So much of my life right now is logistics: how to manage the condo repair, the dealings with insurance companies, the almost daily travel from Yucaipa to Thousand Oaks (117 miles one way!) and, perhaps worst of all, the fact that come Monday, I will be unable to take care of myself. I’m the kind of person who gets twitchy without her car. I love having it nearby, knowing I can take off and...

The Shape of June


On June 10th, I’m going in for major abdominal surgery. I’m not in pain and it’s not life-threatening, but the surgery is necessary and I’ll be much happier once it’s over and I’m on the road to recovery. I’ve known about the surgery for a month and have taken steps to re-shape my life for it. Because it will take me a few weeks to recover enough for...

WonderCon Anaheim Schedule


This upcoming weekend, March 30-31, I’ll be at WonderCon in Anaheim. Most of the time I’ll be in total fan-mode: going to panels, spending too much money in the dealers room, and trying to catch glimpses of my favorite authors and TV stars. Here’s the author stuff:   SIGNING Sunday, March 31st, 1:30-2:00pm Mysterious Galaxy, Booth #1201 PANEL: “Capacity for the...

Herb Garden, Season 2


Last summer I planted my very first herb garden (see “Herb Adventure” for all the exciting details). I absolutely loved growing my own herbs. I loved the way they looked on the porch — easily visible from the main room where I spend all my time — and I found myself cooking more often because I wanted to use herbs I’d grown myself. And then I went away for 10 days...

Cover Design Update & Hiatus


2012 was a great year for my cover design business, Tiger Bright Studios. I worked on so many fun and challenging covers for so many extremely talented writers. The gallery is missing the latest 5 covers I’ve done, but I’ve updated it with almost everything else, including a new section for print covers. I don’t do a lot of print covers, and I’ve never actually held one in...

Minimalist Mindset: Online Life


For the last few years, I’ve been working towards a more minimalist lifestyle: mainly, I live in a small apartment and try not to own too many things. That’s an over-simplification, but you get the idea. When I went on vacation last week, I realized that for all the strides I’ve been making to simplify my material world, my online world is a perpetually overflowing geyser of...

Adventuring in Oregon


Our trip has been amazing so far! We’ve hiked the Pittock Mansion trail in Portland (I didn’t make it to the top, but I loved it anyway) and the utterly glorious Cape Lookout trail on the coast. We managed quick visits to Powell’s, Title 9, and REI and walked around town. We ate at the Kennedy School, Prasad (YUM), and had one of the best meals EVER at a place called The Farm...

To Oregon!


I’m in the airport, about to leave for Oregon where I’ll be hiking, eating, and goofing around with my friends.I might do some writing, too, but only if I feel like it. This is the first non-writing-related vacation I’ve taken in years, and I want to enjoy every minute of it!

WeHo Book Fair Recap


On Sunday I attended the West Hollywood Book Fair and had the opportunity to participate in the middle-grade panel. Evidence: My illustrious author buddies were (from left to right): Aaron Hartzler, our fearless moderator and author of the forthcoming young adult memoir, Rapture Practice, inspired by his experience getting kicked out of Catholic school just two weeks before graduating. Lin...

Herb adventure


I have never grown things, unless you count mold in the refrigerator. But I’ve been wanting to try herb gardening on my wee balcony, and today I finally took the plunge. After being completely overwhelmed at a local nursery, I headed over to Armstrong Garden Center (thanks for the rec, Greg!) where I found a woman willing to walk me through the basics. She helped me pick out herbs and pots...

My ALA 2012 Schedule


This weekend I’m headed to my very first ALA (American Library Association) annual summer conference. ALA Anaheim will be packed with publishers, librarians, book bloggers, readers, authors, and books Books BOOKS! I’ll be wandering around until 4pm on Saturday, and on Sunday I’ll be signing Above World. Click the graphic to see my face on the official flyer! (Or not.) Jenn Reese...

Above World Release Day!


After years and years of working and waiting, Above World is finally out in there in the wild. I’m going to steal a page from my buddy Sarah Prineas and take this opportunity to post the book’s dedication and acknowledgements. Today is also Valentine’s Day, which is fitting since my heart is overflowing with love and gratitude. Thank you, my friends, for helping me make this...

Book: The Hearts of Horses


The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss came highly recommended by several trusted friends, and wow. I’m not much for writing reviews. When I love a book, I don’t want to turn on the critical part of my brain that looks for flaws or tries to analyze what worked and why. I just want to revel in the emotion of it. This book — and Martha Lessen’s journey in particular — hit...

Stuff I Love: Shoes!


On my journey toward minimalism, I have a rule: I’m not allowed to buy things because they are on sale or a good bargain; I must only buy things that I love, even if they’re more expensive. As a result, I have discovered two pairs of shoes that I never want to take off, that make me dance joyfully around the house whenever I put them on. I have become a Shoe Person. (Note: Neither of...

Winterling and the Girl I Was


One of my best friends in the whole world is the talented Sarah Prineas, author of The Magic Thief middle-grade series. Sarah and I met about 10 years ago at Wiscon when neither of us had published a novel and, wow, it’s been quite a ride for both of us since then. Today Sarah has a new middle-grade book out called Winterling, and it’s dedicated to me: To Jenn Reese. For you, and for...

2012: Goals, Dreams, Wishes


I am perpetually setting goals, making wishes, and working towards dreams. Here are a few for the new year: 1. Take another step towards true vegetarianism by finally kicking seafood to the curb. I ate fish or shrimp a few times a month throughout 2011, and now feel ready to leave it behind. I might occasionally eat oysters, scallops, or clams (I have fewer moral qualms about eating bivalves)...

2011: A Sappy Review


It was with no small amount of trepidation that I searched back through my blog entries to see what resolutions I had made for 2011. But then I found this: This year, I want to revel in the journey, to savor every happy moment, and to share as much love as possible with my friends and family. If I can do those things, everything else will fall into place. And if it doesn’t, I won’t mind. And you...

Webby Wonders (Links)


Now that social media has taken over the world, I post most of the fun links I find on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or Google+. If I really love the link, I post it everywhere… except here. Well, phooey on that. Here are some of the treasures I’ve found recently: [ART] Photographer Natsumi Hayashi takes photos of herself levitating. I find them strange, whimsical, and utterly...

Finley’s First: Christmas Tree


A child’s first Christmas is a special thing… especially when it involves a tree covered in (what seem to be) dangling cat toys. At eight months old, Finley was eager to help us with every step of tree trimming. First, he helped me trim the lower branches off our tiny tree by attacking them and tearing them out of my hands as I cut them. From Finley Then it was time to untangle the...

Anne McCaffrey: Gone away, gone ahead


Anne McCaffrey has died. It’s moments like these that I’m grateful for the Internet and for services like Twitter that make it easy to see that McCaffrey affected other people as profoundly as she affected me. I don’t know if I could adequately describe her impact on me otherwise. But you know. Most of you already know. I devoured the McCaffrey’s Pern books in high school...

My Social Media Survival Guide


What this post is: my guidelines for navigating the social media waters. What this post isn’t: a set of instructions or guidelines for anyone beside me. We all use social media differently, use it for different reasons, and expect different results. I would never presume to tell anyone else how to achieve their specific goals. Social media I use: Blog, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest...

Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek

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