I’m so nervous about putting my face here, but I want to take a minute & FINALLY take part in the infamous #meetthebookstagrammer tag that I’ve been tagged in a hundred times but never get around to 😅 Here’s some facts about me:
📚 I love to read (duh!) but my favorite genres are fantasy & NA romance!
🐴 My fave animals are horses, I’m an equestrian but had to sell my horse when I moved & college took over my life.
📝 I have my BA in Communications & work in full-time retail management as well as a freelance editor & copywriter.
☕️ I’d be dead without coffee, my drink of choice when it’s too early for wine to be acceptable
🎥 I am a homebody, I could sit and watch Netflix for days.
🥦 I eat low-carb/keto, and have recently became a gym rat in an attempt to better myself & my lifestyle. So far I’ve lost 65lbs & am finally happy with myself! There’s always room for improvement though.
💪🏻 I have 2 tattoos with plans of getting many more!
😓 I suffer from anxiety & depression, which I’ve learned to handle & live with pretty well. But we all have good & bad days.

I hate talking about myself, but I love getting to know y’all and share a piece of myself here w/ fellow book lovers 📚♥️ If you’re new to following me, or even if you’re a good ole buddy, please introduce yourself in the comments & tell me what your favorite book or movie is?! 😘 Love y’all so, so much and I can’t thank you enough for all of the support and kindness you’ve shown me in this wonderful #bookstagram community! 📖

gonna go red again before the LA times festival of books this weekend — anyone planning on being there?! i’ll be there both days, going to a bunch of panels and hanging out, and would love to meet any fellow readers/writers, yey!
(ha, and a random FYI that my face is rounder like the moon in real life. bless those selca angles.)
#gohome #rowanhisayobuchanan #anthology #thefeministpress #bookstagram #asianwriters #readdiversebooks #selca #hi #itme #behindthegram #heresmyface #bye #vsco

It’s so easy to look at someone else’s photos and highlight reel and say, “wow, they have it all together.” The comparison is easy when all you have to form an opinion about someone is the square that meets your thumb. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But no matter how much it appears we have it together, the truth is, we don’t. Our lives are messy, a bit chaotic, and more stressful than we wish. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So here’s your reminder that while I am fully done up in this picture, the reality is 6/7 days of the week my hair is undone or in an bun, my ideal outfit is a pair of leggings and an oversized sweatshirt, and I generally have no energy to socialize with humans after spending 8 hours with eleven and twelve year olds. 🤣 #glamorousteacherlife #realtalktuesday ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What’s one thing your highlight reel doesn’t show? Let’s take this online friendship to the next level 🤣🙌🏽 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ http://liketk.it/2vpQK #liketkit @liketoknow.it #alwaysalyssamarie 📷: @meetmeinmytummy

here’s a weird thing maybe: i sometimes feel guilty for not wanting the things i feel like i *should* want as a writer. i don’t want to apply for and go to an MFA program. i don’t want to apply for or do writing retreats; the idea of being in a secluded area full of silence and only other creatives is not one that appeals to me. i don’t want to be part of a writing group, and, omg, i did not enjoy workshopping. and, sometimes, i sit and wonder if i’m just being childish, that i should be doing all these things anyway, even if they’re not things i’ve wanted to pursue, because, if i really want to be published and get my work out there, i should be doing all this stuff to make that happen.
... but, then, there’s the part of me that says there’s no one way to do anything, that what matters is to do the work and keep writing and making connections and finding my own way. but, then again, all that seems to have resulted in is ten years of working on a book no one wants to read ... but, then again again, i’m stubborn as hell, and i believe in this goddamn book i made so many shitty decisions for just so i could have the time and space to write and rewrite and rewrite the bloody thing, that’s how much stupid faith i had (have?) in it, and, seriously, the thought of an MFA or a writing retreat or any kind of similar bubble makes me writhe inside, and i keep telling myself, it’s okay, it’s okay, it’s okay. it’s okay to want and not want. stop wasting time on these stupid thoughts and launch that food zine of yours already ...
#ajagabel #theensemble #riverheadbooks #bookstagram #wordvomit #writinglife #thereisnorightway #justkeepswimming #dothework #selca #hi #humanbean #behindthegram #mcbeardceramics #latergram #vsco

MU high tops are a #pixarfest necessity! Also keep an eye out for this new Collectear bag from @thisdflove 😱

sure this bowl looks delicious but my granola was stale and i’m 99% sure the chemicals used to grow these giant strawberries are poisoning me so.... (the banana was all good tho) 🍓🍌😋 •

#healthy #healthyeating #healthyyou #granola #granolabowl #strawberrybanana #behindthegram #lunchtime #siggis

Why is my hair tied up in most pics? Honestly, because it’s greasy AF. I wash my hair once a week. Every Sunday — and Saturdays are when I get a lot of shooting done. By then it’s been 6 days of nothing but dry shampoo & baby powder. I’ll just never be one of those girls who gives a shit about having perfect hair & makeup. Not even for the ‘gram.

#downtownportland #freepeople #conversestyle #keepingitreal #behindthegram #tomboy #brandymelville #sweaterdress #ponytail #mcmenamins

how 90% of your axe throwing session really goes... ⛏ #fail #axethrowing #mtl #behindthegram

Can’t help my self but jump on the #artvsartist train! I LOVE seeing everyone’s compilations. I chose some of my favorite pieces from recently. It’s funny to go back through your photos to choose pictures and see some that seem so long ago... only to realize they were only from 3 months ago. Time flies!
Now back to working on styles shoot invites... wish me luck 🙈🤞🏼

Finally I got to meet @thedisneybae thank you for the #buttons #fireitup #5fires keep up the great work #behindthegram

Complex negotiations taking place with Mary Poppins, ya’ll! Happy Friday!#BehindTheGram #FlashbackFriday

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