A brief update…life, the universe, and everything.

Since the last time I wrote was 6 months ago, I figured I should give you an update on my life. Who knew these past several months would be so crazy? I mean, well, I guess I should have realized this would be the case. When has life never been full of surprises?

Since November I’ve…

  • written a novel
  • graduated with a master’s degree
  • traveled to Europe
  • traveled to California
  • lost beloved family members
  • watched my sister move to Japan
  • met award-winning authors
  • been published
  • picked up a freelance gig
  • accepted a summer publishing internship
  • seen dear friends wed
  • seen dear friends graduate and move away

Really, it’s been quite a year. And of course, I have loads of pictures.

This was one of the interior courtyards of a building in Budapest. It looked perfectly ordinary from the outside, but once we went inside to visit one of the agencies we were greeted with this view. The only downside I can think is having to carry groceries up several flights of stairs. I would live here in a heartbeat.

This was one of the interior courtyards of a building in Budapest. It looked perfectly ordinary from the outside, but once we went inside to visit one of the agencies we were greeted with this view. The only downside I can think is having to carry groceries up several flights of stairs. I would live here in a heartbeat.

We walked across the famous Chain Bridge that separates the Buda side from the Pest side of Budapest. We traveled up the stairs to Buda Castle. I'm fairly certain I left part of my heart in this city.

We walked across the famous Chain Bridge that separates the Buda side from the Pest side of Budapest. We traveled up the stairs to Buda Castle. I’m fairly certain I left part of my heart in this city.

The Széchenyi Baths in Budapest. Absolutely beautiful. Open 365 days a week. I learned that some men come every day when the baths open and they sit in the water and play chess against one another for hours. You can see the smallest glimpse of those men in the bottom right hand corner of this picture.

The Széchenyi Baths in Budapest. Absolutely beautiful. Open 365 days a week. I learned that some men come every day when the baths open and they sit in the water and play chess against one another for hours. You can see the smallest glimpse of those men in the bottom right hand corner of this picture.

Amsterdam. This place had special significance because I was able to visit the Anne Frank House and it was also featured in The Fault in Our Stars (which is coming out in theaters this June). It's crazy that I visited Indianapolis AND Amsterdam within a year of reading John Green's book.

Amsterdam. This place had special significance because I was able to visit the Anne Frank House and it was also featured in The Fault in Our Stars (which is coming out in theaters this June). It’s crazy that I visited Indianapolis AND Amsterdam within a year of reading John Green’s book.

We saw Wicked in London. It was quite spectacular and I loved it.

We saw Wicked in London. It was quite spectacular and I loved it.

Overlooking London from the very top of St. Paul's Cathedral. My mother had warned me that it would be a lot of stairs...and it was A. LOT. OF. STAIRS. It was quite a work out. But the view was more than worth it. SO worth it.

Overlooking London from the very top of St. Paul’s Cathedral. My mother had warned me that it would be a lot of stairs…and it was A. LOT. OF. STAIRS. It was quite a work out. But the view was more than worth it. SO worth it.

I've been fascinated with this building ever since my first visit to London. The Gherkin (as it's fondly known) is such a glorious structure. I got to the base and toured the art installations that were placed around this area for the 2013-2014 year.

I’ve been fascinated with this building ever since my first visit to London. The Gherkin (as it’s fondly known) is such a glorious structure. I got to the base and toured the art installations that were placed around this area for the 2013-2014 year.

We took a bus ride around the city to see some of the sights. Unfortunately, I had desperately wanted to ride the London Eye, but it was closed for construction the entire time we were in London. I was still able to admire it from afar though.

We took a bus ride around the city to see some of the sights. Unfortunately, I had desperately wanted to ride the London Eye, but it was closed for construction the entire time we were in London. I was still able to admire it from afar though.

One of the best museums I've been to. Such a glorious set of buildings and gardens. Every angle was interesting and engaging. I could have spent days at the Getty Center. So. Good.

One of the best museums I’ve been to. Such a glorious set of buildings and gardens. Every angle was interesting and engaging. I could have spent days at the Getty Center. So. Good.

I loved seeing Frank Gehry's design. He's a fabulous architect and I enjoyed exploring the exterior of this building.

I loved seeing Frank Gehry’s design. He’s a fabulous architect and I enjoyed exploring the exterior of this building.

This was absolutely the BEST FRENCH TOAST I have ever had. It was some sort of egg brioche that was then covered in frosted flakes and came with a vanilla bean sauce that was heavenly. The fruit was also a fantastic touch.

This was absolutely the BEST FRENCH TOAST I have ever had. It was some sort of egg brioche that was then covered in frosted flakes and came with a vanilla bean sauce that was heavenly. The fruit was also a fantastic touch.

My friend took me to this lights exhibit outside the LACMA. It was fantastically cool and I loved it.

My friend took me to this lights exhibit outside the LACMA. It was fantastically cool and I loved it.

One of my loves: the ocean. Even though the water was a little bit chilly, I couldn't help strolling in the water.

One of my loves: the ocean. Even though the water was a little bit chilly, I couldn’t help strolling in the water.

This was on my journey up the California coast, I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway and got to this beach just in time to watch the sunset. The view was glorious.

This was on my journey up the California coast, I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway and got to this beach just in time to watch the sunset. The view was glorious.

Chinatown in San Francisco. I wandered down the streets before most places were open and it was nice to walk down the streets without very many other people. The emptiness was strangely soothing.

Chinatown in San Francisco. I wandered down the streets before most places were open and it was nice to walk down the streets without very many other people. The emptiness was strangely soothing.

Yes, I am a tourist. And it was my first time seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in person. How could I not take pictures from every angle? I also walked halfway across before getting cold and tired and heading back (I had been up since 5:15am and it was already around 3-4pm when I got to the bridge. I was ready to rest.)

Yes, I am a tourist. And it was my first time seeing the Golden Gate Bridge in person. How could I not take pictures from every angle? I also walked halfway across before getting cold and tired and heading back (I had been up since 5:15am and it was already around 3-4pm when I got to the bridge. I was ready to rest.)

Andrés Neuman was the featured guest of the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival sponsored by World Literature Today. I got the chance to photograph the events and I was also invited to the photoshoot for the magazine cover. It was so cool.

Andrés Neuman was the featured guest of the 2014 Puterbaugh Festival sponsored by World Literature Today. I got the chance to photograph the events and I was also invited to the photoshoot for the magazine cover. It was so cool.

Graduated from the University of Oklahoma with my masters in Professional Writing. Next step: NYC and getting a job in publishing.

Graduated from the University of Oklahoma with my masters in Professional Writing. Next step: NYC and getting a job in publishing.

Slanted Reality

Slanted reality - looking at the world from another direction.

Slanted reality – looking at the world from another direction.

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. Here’s a picture I took the other day. I’ve been wanting to try out some of these experimental puddle/reflection/abstract pictures and so yesterday when it rained, I seized my chance. I know I looked weird crouching on the pavement, moving my iPhone one way and then another, but I wanted the perfect angle. A couple of cars drove by, and I wished they’d slow down so I could cheerfully wave my hand and tell them I was in fact, not insane, just a photographer. Still, I like how the photo turned out.

A Week interning in Indy: first reflections

So I’ve been here just a little over a week. It’s crazy. I feel that I’ve settled in well. The apartment is really close to a variety of shops/stores (which is great!): Panera, Barnes and Noble, Chick-fil-A, DSW shoes, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Target, Paradise Cafe, Five Guys, Noodles and Company…I mean, seriously, there’s SO MUCH within a 15 minute drive!

But I’ve been enjoying my work for Pearson. I’m working in the IT video department. So I help edit the videos they produce, as well as developing some content and overseeing the production of the videos. I was worried I was in over my head (since I’m not a super tech-savvy person, though I do love my keyboard shortcuts) but it hasn’t been a problem at all. I have really enjoyed seeing the other side of video production and I’m looking forward to learning more! I’ve only done a couple of projects, but I’m going to get started on some new ones this coming week.

I’ve also gone exploring – how could I not? I love cities and I love photography. From the moment I unpacked my car I was itching to go out with my SLR. And I did, briefly, that first weekend. But yesterday I went exploring to my heart’s content. I visited the heart of downtown Indianapolis and brought my camera. It was great! The weather wasn’t too hot and it was a little bit cloudy (which is perfect for taking pictures) and I just wandered around spazzing out over monuments/memorials/statues.

I strolled through downtown for several hours, visited the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, and stopped by el Dia de la Familia Festival. Um, Mexican food? Yes. All the yes. I got a yummy plate of freshly made enchiladas. Though I was a little sad I didn’t have enough cash to grab a churro as well. Note to self: carry more cash so I can buy everything I want. Note to self: moderate how much cash you give yourself and control the urge to buy everything.

Also, last Friday, some of the interns got together and we went to the First Friday Food Truck Festival! There were SO MANY FOOD TRUCKS. It was fantastic! I wanted to try everything. And I don’t know about you, but there aren’t very many food trucks where I’m from, so this was exciting and somewhat of a novelty. Pretty much everyone tried something different. This Food Truck Festival happens once a month and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be attending again.

Sorry this post just showcases a little of what I’m been up to. I’m working on being better at blogging…though we don’t have Internet at our apartment, so that’s a little tricky. But I’ll leave you with a photo I took at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument in downtown Indy. I’ll be going through the pictures I took with my SLR and posting some soon! I also have more pictures on Instagram.

Soldiers & Sailors Monument

Indy Bound!

Well, the car is packed with everything I’ll need for the next two months. (Or at least, everything I could POSSIBLY think I’d need this summer. Including a gazillon pairs of shoes.) Hopefully I’m not forgetting anything. I can’t believe how fast this snuck up on me. Time sort of shifted from being ssssoooo faaarrrr away to beingrightaroundthecorner. Crazy how that works. And it’s only just now sunk in that I’m actually leaving tomorrow.

I’m excited to explore this new city. I’ve never been to Indianapolis. I visited their tourist website to get a gist of what they have to offer and I’ve even made notes on what I want to visit…including a comprehensive list of food trucks I’ve got to try. When in rome, right? A girl’s gotta eat – why not be a macaroni and cheese food truck? (Seriously, how can I resist that?!)

I’ll also try and post some photos while I’m there. I’ve brought my camera and I’m ready to capture the sights. Plus I’m sure I’ll want to keep a tally of the places I visit and write about my experiences. Most of all though, I’m excited to be working as a publishing intern for PEARSON.

Hello Indy summer!

Also, if you have any suggestions for things I should do while in Indianapolis, please let me know! I’m always open to suggestions!