• Facts of Life

    A Basketful of Ideas

    Once upon a time I was going to start a blog about beauty products. I had preliminary sketches of what the site would look like and how it would be organized. It was going to be all about natural and organic beauty products and how to find the right products for your skin. While I’m still into it to a degree, skin care was once a HUGE passion of mine. I was always trying new things: drugstore brands, department store crap, and everything in between. I once gave an entire Oil of Olay set to a friend who almost wouldn’t take it because she thought it was too expensive for…

  • News & Updates,  Writing Journey

    Random Thoughts & Blog Changes

    Hi there! It’s me. ^_^ So, first on the agenda: Starting in February, because I had too much to say this month, apparently, I’ll be updating the blog less frequently. Likely every other week, but sometimes there’ll be an update two weeks in a row because of reading updates that happen at the very end or top of every month. I know. You’re so heartbroken. Actually, I know it’s totally fine, but I want to bring it up anyway. I’m doing this for only one reason, and it’s because I associate this blog with writing. Since I’m not writing very much, I honestly don’t know what to say. And between…

  • Anniversary,  Writing Journey

    This Year’s Anniversary Post

    Back when I started this blog, 8 years ago now, I always made sure I acknowledged all the significant moments. Not so much anymore, but July is the blog’s birthday month, as well as the month I set aside to celebrate the anniversary of my first finished novel attempt. These days, I don’t feel like celebrating anything writing-related. While this isn’t the case, I want to blame it on replacing my computer in March. Because there was a delay in getting the new one, I ended up with homeless files for around a month. While I was fine, I just didn’t feel like myself. Then I decided to declutter the…

  • DIY (Do It Yourself)

    Mini Makeover Files

    After many months of putting it off, I finally changed the blog! Nothing dramatic, of course, obviously, I don’t like change. I tried to do something dramatic a couple of years ago, but it was too complicated, and it didn’t even fit my personality or anything. In my wildest website fantasies there’s an explosion of vines everywhere, but that would require someone who can actually build a website – i.e. not me – and this is a DIY project, so…no vines. Obviously I could have 2-D vines, and I tried to get that effect last time, but in fantasy land, the vines sway when you scroll. I know right? I…

  • Anniversary,  Writing Journey,  Writing World

    This Year’s Blogoversay Post

    It’s anniversary month here at The Narcissistic Rose! Not only is my blog 7 years old!! But I also tag July as the month I finished my very first novel. I don’t actually remember when I finished this book, and I didn’t bother to put a date anywhere in it, but July is the official month for simplicity’s sake. So when it comes around, I like to celebrate! Last year, unbeknownst to the general public, I wrote FIVE different anniversary posts before settling on the one I posted in which I did a blurb reveal for HOUSE OF FALLING EMBERS. Truth be told, I was in a BAD mood this…