Under the Influence

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In photography there is a thing known has “finding your voice.“ It means finding your own unique photo style, the way you want to tell stories to the world with your camera. Many times photographers simply imitate someone else’s style and photography. (In fact, most photographers I see today look like a dozen other photographers out there.) Finding your own voice … Read More

Remember Us//Chapter 1b

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(If you need to, read the first half of the chapter HERE first.) … And just like that, we were transported back to square one.   As the silence grew, so did the tension. I realized the weight of why we were together, in every inch between us. I stood beside Ben in the unfriendly hallway outside Dad’s hospital room, praying … Read More

Meet Lindsay Blake

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 Did you know both sides of Blake & Beckner shaved their heads for no particular reason on separate occasions? True story. We also traveled the world and wrote on a different blog together. We called ourselves “LaySay” and dare I add, we thought we were cool. (Get it, Lay = LAYne, Say = LindsaySAY) We have the same initials, LBG, … Read More

Remember Us//Chapter 1a

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May Reese   “Hi, Sugar,” she whispered and I blacked out, standing straight up as her pinked mouth moved and the wind blew and my heart crimped along the edges. I should have slammed the door in her face, yelled profanities at the closed structure afterwards, but instead I stood frozen, arm suspended above the handle.   The top of … Read More

So This Is Happening…

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We have a big update coming soon so we decided to make a little video (and another video so you can see Linds too) to get us alllllll excited. So the actual update is just around the riverbend. Stay tuned! Merry Christmas from us. xo.

We’re Still Alive!

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Okay, okay, we’ve been entirely neglectful of you, our dear masses, but that’s about to change. But first, let’s catch you up a bit on the last six months: We were on a break. Not quite like the Ross/Rachel break, but you get the general idea. For various reasons, we’ve not been able to write together for the second half … Read More

Patriotism and all That

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This week is always big for me – the first week in July holds both Canada Day (July 1) and Independence Day (July 4.)   As an American married to a Canadian, my hubs and I try to honor both sides of our history and cultures. For while I would say our countries are rather similar at the end of the day … Read More

Picking Up the Pieces

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And best of all, “The only things worth doing are the things that might possibly break your heart.” – Colum McCann I hear you, Colum, I hear you. Or as my man C.S. said: “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping … Read More

How to Find My Writing Inspiration

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I’ll only speak for myself here, but there are a few things I believe bring out the best in my writing self. On this sunny Monday, I’ll share a few of them with you. 1. Silence. I can’t write with music or noise at all. 2. Location. I hear I’m not supposed to bring my work to my bedroom, but I … Read More

Celebrating the Milestones

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Hi friends, Happy Monday! We wanted to give you a head’s up that after some mad editing skills from Courtney (thanks, Courtney!) we have officially submitted our first manuscript to a few agents. We FaceTimed each other as we each hit send on our very first email submission and are excited about the agent list we curated. This morning I bought … Read More