Friday, October 17, 2014

{This Moment}



A Friday ritual inspired by Amanda Soule & many others.
Please feel free to share a link to your own moment in the comments.

Recap of this week on Not Intent On Arriving:
Writing Elsewhere:
I hope you have a lovely weekend! I'll be home, running the furthest I've ever run (17 miles!), brunching, interviewing, and hopefully getting some cider and doughnuts from the farmer's market.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dispatch from Frontier Airlines Flight 503

I'm looking forward to sharing some recaps of my trip to Colorado next week, but in the meantime, I thought you might like to see some of the black and white photos I took during my flight there. I'm a yoga-pants-and-sweater girl myself when I travel, but these remind me of travel in a more civilized time. If you have any photos you'd like to share in my "Dispatch From" feature, please email me and we'll get them posted! I'd love to see images of your recent or distant trips!







Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Christine Perez

Christine Perez is a graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Theater, Film, and Television with a BA in Playwriting. She is currently getting her MS in Publishing, Print and Digital Media from NYU. She has been exposed to many genres of writing, from playwriting to editorial to short story and enjoys all of them. Christine is also a tech enthusiast (read: nerd) and loves the challenge of learning new software and hardware configurations (she is currently teaching herself how to develop software for writers as her graduate thesis). When she is not studying or working or playing with technology or writing, Christine is out with her camera, photographing friends and concerts and posting her shots on Instagram. She enjoys social media but doesn't like to talk about it. 

Christine Perez - Writer Wednesday

Who are you? Hi! My name is Christine and I am a New York transplant by way of Los Angeles by way of Chicago by way of Santa Cruz by way of San Diego. I like to wander.

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? Remember, you're in a hot tub with them on a clear cold night, stars twinkling above you. They want all the details. If not, tell the hot-tub-stranger about your writing in such a way that makes them urge you to get an online receptacle for it. Right now I keep two blogs: Pardon the Clutter and Travel Life Crisis. I also write for LA Music Blog where I cover live shows, interview bands, and write album reviews.

You would think Travel Life Crisis would be about traveling and Pardon the Clutter would be a compilation of random musings about life and writing, but it's actually the complete opposite. I like to keep my readers on their toes. "Travel" has morphed into a blog that really delves into more abstract topics about life and meaning and getting old, topics that tend to come about when traveling. I use "Pardon" to write about more concrete events and places; it is also a vehicle to show some of my photography.

What inspired you to start writing/blogging? When did it happen? I don't remember the exact moment I started writing, but I remember winning a short story writing contest in the 4th grade. That was probably the first time I really enjoyed writing. For all I know, we all won the contest (in typical elementary school fashion). But it was the catalyst to push me forward.

Why do you write? I write to clear my head, to explore ideas I'm too afraid to say out loud.

Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? I've been lucky to have some of the best writing mentors from a variety of backgrounds. Edan Lepucki (short story fiction), Michael McCarthy (sitcom spec script), Gary Gardner and Matt Pelfrey (playwriting). They taught me the rules of writing and how to break them. They're all brilliant and I hope to live up to their standards.

Christine Perez - Writer Wednesday

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Anywhere I've never been. I have a habit of going back to the same places I've visited before if I enjoy them. Of course I want to relive certain experiences and see the same sights sometimes, but for the short amount of time we're given, why not want to go somewhere new every time you plan a trip? I would choose somewhere really hardcore like The Amazon or Madagascar to start, to set the bar high.

What is your favorite place on earth? This answer changes every year the more I wander. But the common denominator among all of my favorite places usually includes the people I'm with. A place can only be great for so long before the absence of the people who matter to you makes it less desirable.

Anything else you'd like us to know? Instagram: @perez_ident Twitter: @perez_ident If you say the handle out loud it sounds like "president". I was pretty proud of that one.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Tamera Beardsley

Tamera Beardsley is a California-based designer and lifestyle blogger. A graduate of UCLA, she owned her own fashion accessories company but decided to leave the business to focus on her family after the birth of her third child. Her blog, TameraBeardsley.com, is her way of bringing the style and design she's always loved back into her life and into the lives of her many lucky readers.


Who are you? I am a designer and a lifestyle blogger, living in Southern California. I am the mother of three college age children and I have been married for 27 years. I graduated from UCLA and went on to own a fashion accessories company, but shuttered the business with the birth of my third child. My blog has been an online journal of sorts … to finding my way back into the world of design and style that I have always loved.

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? My blog is Tamera Beardsley.com. I cover all things lifestyle—clothes, food, decor, gardening and my travels, both local and beyond,—while also adding in personal life reflections. I believe in the idea that life can be hard but living beautifully can help keep the focus on the good.

What inspired you to start writing/blogging? When did it happen? I came to blogging after my oldest daughter left for college. I had become the women who I feared to become, one that had totally immersed herself in the lives of her children, with the inevitable loss of self that can be the byproduct sometimes of loving fiercely. My blog began first as a collection of images, pictures that I took when I asked myself, what do I find beautiful, how do I want to spend my time in this next phase of life? Soon after the images, thoughts using words began to appear and I had begun an online journal. It became my veritable road back to myself; a sacred space for me to share and grow, as I have learned much along the way.

Why do you write? I write—like many people—because I have to. For me to process heartache or anxiety on a clean page, writing as it comes from my heart, is not only cathartic but the impetus for self growth.

Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? Right now the people who inspire me are two women who are meeting life's greatest trials, like the sudden and tragic loss of a 19-year-old daughter or being a beautiful mother of a four-year-old who learned she has stage three breast cancer. I have been overwhelmed with the grace and courage both these women show in navigating their new life situations. I am inspired by those living with courage, love and gratitude.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Such a fun idea to ponder, my dear. I think it would be to explore Ireland and France … with a quick trip to the big cities for reference … but most of the time combing through the rural areas to find what ever lay ahead. My favorite traveling usually involves just getting out anywhere to discover the best in the destinations and experiences.

What is your favorite place on earth? Definitely my home.

Anything else you'd like us to know? I was very honored by your interest, my dear. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Writer Wednesday - Charl from A Place on the Bookshelf

Charl is a vintage-lover, reader, writer, blogger, Creative Writing student, vinyl-collector, stationery geek, tea-addict, and loves writing lists and making vintage-inspired stationery and jewellery. She studies and lives in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK but is from Birmingham, UK. She also loves penguins.


Who are you? Charlotte…but everyone calls me Charl!

Where can you be found online? Do you have a blog or other online receptacle for your work? If so, how would you describe it to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? Remember, you're in a hot tub with them on a clear cold night, stars twinkling above you. They want all the details. If not, tell the hot-tub-stranger about your writing in such a way that makes them urge you to get an online receptacle for it. I can be found at www.aplaceonthebookshelf.blogspot.com! It’s a blog full of everything in my life: books, writing, fashion/beauty, crafts and anything vintage! It definitely has something for everyone! I also sell vintage-inspired cards, jewellery and wedding stationery on Etsy. My shop is: www.charlieblossomvtg.etsy.com.

What inspired you to start writing/blogging? When did it happen? While I was in Plymouth visiting my boyfriend last Summer I suddenly thought that I wanted a proper hobby – just something to do over Summer to keep me busy. I can’t remember exactly how the idea of a blog came to me, I think I was inspired by my friend Hayley’s blog. I was originally going to write about all things books and writing, as I’m currently doing a Creative Writing degree. However, this year it’s merged into a lifestyle blog, covering all aspects of my life.

Why do you write? From a young age, I was always writing stories. I’ve always been creative. I love the freedom you get with writing and there are so many outlets for it. You can write fiction, non-fiction, a blog, a magazine. Anything. Now I have my blog, I write so much now and I love it.

Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? Other blogs inspire me, particularly Darling Lovely Life (www.darlinglovelylife.com) and A Beautiful Mess (www.abeautifulmess.com) . I’m also inspired by stories I read, non-fiction (currently I’m reading a Psychology book as I loved the subject when I studied it at A Level and it’s given me loads of story ideas), music and just generally observing the world around me – people watching is fun!

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all-expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? There are so many places to choose from! I’d love to travel round America, that’d be awesome. Also going to Kenya and doing a safari would be cool.

What is your favorite place on earth? There’s nothing better than snuggling up in bed with a good book or watching a great film…with a cup of tea!

Anything else you'd like us to know? Grab 10% off anything from my Etsy shop by using code WW10 (valid till November 2014) , as a thank you to Kristin for featuring me and to you guys for reading!