Freelance Writing · Self-Published Books

Three-Part Harmony Hits Pause

If you’re enjoying these snippets from my upcoming memoir Three-Part Harmony, let me know if you’d like to be added to our email list for upcoming pre-orders of the book which will be available Fall 2019 and available just in time for the holidays. As Mother’s Day approaches and Father’s Day next month, I’m taking…… Continue reading Three-Part Harmony Hits Pause

Freelance Writing · Self-Published Books

Three-Part Harmony Mid-Week Break

If you’re enjoying these snippets from my upcoming memoir Three-Part Harmony, let me know if you’d like to be added to our email list for upcoming pre-orders of the book which will be available Fall 2019 and available just in time for the holidays. It’s been a few weeks, since I began sharing this story,…… Continue reading Three-Part Harmony Mid-Week Break

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Ni Hao, ich spreche Deutsch. Hello, I speak German.

Between the glossy covers of the AIFS Study Abroad catalog were picturesque possibilities of places to go, languages to learn, and new people to meet. Your patience has paid off. Welcome to the third and final chapter of How Studying Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria. Our Chinese professor stayed on an extra…… Continue reading Ni Hao, ich spreche Deutsch. Hello, I speak German.

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How Studying Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part II

Please don’t call on me. Don’t see me. I know the answer, but I could be wrong. Oh, just get me out of this classroom and on with my life. My heart rate quickened as the teacher scanned the students for hands raised and un-raised. Who would she call on? Not me. Not me. A…… Continue reading How Studying Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part II

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How Learning Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part I

The summer of my sixteenth birthday, the Berlin Wall fell. Okay, not fell. It was taken down stone by bloody stone. Families and friends who’d been separated for far too long were once more reunited and another part of the world opened up to us all. A Bit of Background In high school, I was…… Continue reading How Learning Chinese Motivated My Study Abroad Year in Austria – Part I

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We Got Back to Our Poetic Roots, Hit Some Milestones, and Spring-boarded New Ideas with New Friends in Our Best of April Monthly Recap

Welcome to April’s monthly recap. We’ve hit some milestones, made some new friends, spring-boarded new ideas, and walked down memory lane! When updating my LinkedIn profile yesterday, I realized I forgot to mark an occasion. Not only did I celebrate my birthday this month, but Writing in the Fast Lane is 5 years and 1…… Continue reading We Got Back to Our Poetic Roots, Hit Some Milestones, and Spring-boarded New Ideas with New Friends in Our Best of April Monthly Recap

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VAGABONDING: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Guest Review by Rachel Barber)

How many of us know the meaning of the word “Vagabonding”? (I’d heard of it, but had no idea until I read this book!). Many of us have an interest in travelling or would like to be known as a “traveler” – but give up at the thought of making plans. This book has answers…… Continue reading VAGABONDING: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel (Guest Review by Rachel Barber)

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Swept Into Another World (Not Another Book Review)-Book Review Week Musings

There’s one more book on my “to be read” list. Death Returns by Joan Peck. You’ll see that review next month. But the reason I mention her now is that when she sent me the Advanced Reader Copy (ARC), she included a note expounding on the benefits of reviews.  Which you and I know well,…… Continue reading Swept Into Another World (Not Another Book Review)-Book Review Week Musings

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A**holes: A theory by Aaron James (Guest Review by Armando Rios)

Being able to develop self-awareness has slowly become a must in today’s society. We’ve developed a disconnect from ourselves and our peers to the point where we don’t become conscious of how do we put ourselves towards the world. In this book, the author examines the tendency of a**holes, what makes a person become one…… Continue reading A**holes: A theory by Aaron James (Guest Review by Armando Rios)

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My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman) – a Finnish detective murder mystery

My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen was my first dive into a Finnish author’s work and I am hooked. It’s not quite a cozy mystery, a step above to my mind, not the least of which is because Maria Kallio is no amateur sleuth. She’s a young police detective on her first real murder case.…… Continue reading My First Murder by Leena Lehtolainen (translated from the Finnish by Owen F. Witesman) – a Finnish detective murder mystery