Ink and Inklings

Happy 19th, Miles!

September 28, 2017 9:29 pm

What?? Two blog posts in one day?? Madness! Just kidding. Today is a very special day, but not because of that. Today is my brother Miles’s nineteenth birthday! Now, birthdays are always fun celebrations in the Jones house, but today, Miles is not having a birthday party (at least, not with us). Instead, Mr. Independent…

Gotland!!

September 28, 2017 8:49 pm

Hello, everyone! Slightly funny story: I wrote this post a week ago and completely forgot to upload it! Apparently, being a space cadet does not necessarily stop the moment you go abroad. Sorry about that! Anyway, the weekend before last, a group of us from my program traveled from Stockholm about forty minutes by plane…

Stockholm Halvmarathon!

September 13, 2017 10:10 am

Hello, everyone! This past Saturday, I ran the Stockholm Halvmarathon. It was absolutely amazing. I was one of over 12,000 runners who started and finished the race just outside of Kungliga slottet, or the Stockholm Royal Palace, and although the day was overcast and eventually quite wet, it was the perfect temperature for running. I have…

Fika!

August 30, 2017 9:24 am

Hello, everybody! It has been one week, and I am officially settled in here in Stockholm! Classes began yesterday, and I am gradually mastering the excitements of public transportation labeled in Swedish. I have not yet gotten lost, thank goodness, and Google Maps is a wonderful thing. Some things here are familiar; pickled herring and…

Stockholm Bound!

August 20, 2017 8:31 pm

Today is my last day in Indiana (and the United States) until December. I am currently sitting in the Indianapolis Airport, and tomorrow morning, I will land in Stockholm, Sweden, where I will spend the entire semester. (And it still doesn’t quite seem real!) This summer has flown by, but it has been absolutely wonderful….

Book Two Complete

July 23, 2017 4:22 pm

Fun fact: I have been writing my second novel for about two and a half years. On July 16th, one week ago, I finished the rough draft. At 326 pages, 81,628 words, and hours upon hours spent procrastinating schoolwork, it’s all done. I could not be more excited. Now, this is a rough draft, so…

A Poetic Glimpse

June 17, 2017 4:14 am

Hello, everyone! Now that we are about a month out from the end of the semester (mind-blowing, I know), I thought I might share a poem I wrote for my final portfolio. I had a lot of fun experimenting with form and voice, because poetry is not something with which I have much experience. I hope you…

Through the Gate

June 4, 2017 8:09 pm

Today, my brother Miles graduated from high school. (He’s the officer in the middle. My other brother Charlie is on the left.) I could not be prouder of him. He has been a Culver cadet for four years, after having convinced my parents that a military boarding school would be a good idea. He matriculated…

Two Decades Down

May 22, 2017 4:11 pm

Today, I am twenty and no longer a teenager. This is insane. Mom has hung streamers all over the kitchen, and Dad made the annual spray paint birthday age that he tapes to our window. The dogs jumped on me to wake me up. A whole bunch of people have sent well wishes, and I…

Sophomore No Longer

May 13, 2017 11:28 pm

Another semester of school closes, and I am currently in packing bedlam. Today officially marks my last day of sophomore year. I have turned in all my papers and projects, and my crew team just finished the season. We raced our hearts out at the National Invitational Rowing Championships this weekend, and I am beyond…