These are the books that I have read or am reading while staying home: I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall is a survival story about a teenager who is trying to survive the Alaskan wilderness alone. It’s a brilliant book if you like the Hunger Games and if you want to read about… Continue reading Books to read
What sort of songs have I been listening to over and over again since I have been stuck indoors? When the party’s over by Billie Eilish- in my opinion, this song has a feeling of being lost and I am getting that feeling like lots of people might be feeling a little lost because of… Continue reading Songs I’ve been listening to
Guess what? Today is my four-year blog-versary. So, I have changed the theme, design, whatever it is to the website. The reason why I changed my design is it felt like a change was needed. And, what else to do when I’m stuck at home. Tour of the new site I created a static home… Continue reading 4-year anniversary of Justin Smith Writes
So I just finished reading Frankenstein. Just to be clear, Frankenstein is the doctor who created a monster, not the monster. Check out John Green's Crash Courses on Frankenstein - great resource for all of those learning at home: Don't Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1 Frankenstein, Part 2: Between reading good books, I’ve been editing… Continue reading I’M ALIVE
I’m social distancing at the moment with my family. Let’s talk about how scared I am and then what we can do to slow the tide. How scared are you? A bit. I think that it terrifies me that I could be one of the worst hit by COVID-19, but what you gonna do? I… Continue reading Stem the tide
Are you ever going to get something published? Maybe I will, might take a while to get this book published. I have started editing and that can take a while. This is technically my second book. I trashed my first book. Writing anything else? No, I’ve started outlining the next one and I am focusing… Continue reading Frequently asked and unasked questions about writing, social media, etc.
I have started planning the next book and I mean that quite literally. I say that because I pantsered the last two books. Although I didn’t know this, I think that I might actually be more of a plotter. Wait, what is a pantser and plotter? Ok, when I wrote my first two books, I… Continue reading Plotter or pantser?
I am now an official Minnesotan – not only born here but finally have gone to First Avenue! Thanks so much to the Current for the invite and tickets for their 15th Anniversary bash. I got to see a bunch of bands including 26 BATS!, MaLLy, Seratones, The Bad Man, and Grammy-nominated Black Pumas. It was… Continue reading First Time @ First Ave
On Monday, I went to the Legislative Forum sponsored by the Minnesota Council on Disability. Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan were both there - the first time that a Governor or Lt. Governor has come to this Legislative Forum. It was also great to hear from the legislators who were there to talk about… Continue reading Seat at the table in #OneMinnesota
I don’t do resolutions for the New Year, but I do have a ritual where I write the goals of what I know that I can accomplish. Politics I am extremely excited for this election season because we get to choose who our elected officials are – from my local representatives to state and US… Continue reading 2020 Goals