Ink and Inklings

Happy New Year!

January 5, 2017 3:49 am

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and that the transition back to routine is going smoothly. Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Most years, I don’t, but this year is a little different. I need to finish the trilogy I’m working on (we’ll see how quickly that happens—I make no…

Friday is for Favorites: Holiday Traditions

December 24, 2016 3:31 am

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I hope you have had (or will soon have) a wonderful little bit of time with your family. Maybe you’ve had lots of good food, a little bit of sleep, or seen some of the snow that has been blessing various states. Here at the Jones house, holiday traditions are up…

Road Trip!

December 21, 2016 4:55 am

Something the Jones family does exceptionally well is car trips. As long as I can remember, we have driven cross-country. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break, we drive out to Vermont to see my mom’s side. 4th of July, we drive out to New York to see my grandmother. At least twice a year, we drive…

Friday is for Favorites: Finished Finals Feelings

December 16, 2016 11:51 pm

Well, the semester is completed, and it has been a whirlwind. I apologize for only having posted one post the last couple weeks; I’m sure at least one of you was chomping at the bit to procrastinate with me. Just kidding. Don’t procrastinate by reading this. Watch something like Black Mirror instead (if you’re looking…

Notes on Conrad

December 6, 2016 5:06 pm

Conrad, of all the characters in Shining Shira, gave me the most trouble. It wasn’t that I didn’t love him or appreciate him. I just didn’t know how to write a man. Over the five drafts I wrote, he and Kaelo are the two characters who changed most. Kaelo became more multidimensional and received a…

Friday is for Favorites: Sweater (And Finals) Weather

December 2, 2016 8:55 pm

December has arrived at Colby College. If this hadn’t been made evident by the drop in temperature, the frost on the hood of my car, or the sun going down at 4 p.m. (seriously, Maine?), then the invasion of Christmas sweaters and the dreaded scent of finals give it away. All my friends, be they…

Friday is for Favorites: Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2016 10:03 pm

With the Carpenters, Thanksgiving is a holiday that is never taken lightly. Nearly everyone from my mom’s side converges in Vermont for the festivities. She is one of eight Carpenter kids, almost all of whom are married with children and, in some cases, grandchildren. This year, Thanksgiving at my uncle and aunt’s was 54 people….

Adventures with Stephen King

November 22, 2016 2:21 pm

Fun fact: I hate being scared. I hate horror movies, I hate scary books, I hate the idea of monsters—I used to sleep with a blanket wrapped over my head and my whole body buried under the covers so that if the Thing Outside the Window decides to come in, I will not be seen….

Notes on Shira

November 19, 2016 12:02 am

The notions of Shining Shira emerged, believe it or not, from a fifth grade creative writing assignment. We’d just finished reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and our teacher told us to create a world with three magical creatures and name ourselves as king or queen, with a title that started with the…