How Well Do I Know You? with Gioia!

Hey y’all! So I am super excited to introduce this post! It’s a collab with one of my very very best blogging (well not even just blogging) friends, Gioia from¬†My Crazy World of Books Blog!! We’ve been talking for a long time-and she is one of the sweetest people you will EVER meet. Even all of my friends have grown to love her, and I can’t wait to meet her in a few years!!

For our first collab post, we decided to ask each other questions to see how well we know each other, and these are the questions she asked me! Hopefully I can get them all right ūüôā

1. What is my favorite food?

I’m pretty sure that at least one of your favorite foods is pasta…
2. What is my favorite color?

3. What is my favorite subject to rant about?

You always rant about
4. What is my favorite band?

I want to say Green Day. But I know you like a few other ones too….
5. Who was my first love? And you can cut that question.i

I’m not going to cut this question xD And it was Josh.
6. What is my religion?

Roman Catholic. I’m pretty positive, don’t really know why I’m questioning it.
7. Who is the most adorable person in the world?

Um, you obviously
 Extra question: What is my hair color?



And that’s it! Make sure to go and check out her post, she got all of them right!

Love y’all! (P.S. Happy Halloween!) – Aspen AKA The Author



Hey y’all. So I’m just going to assume that you all know who my best friend Lauren is. 

She has a 3 year old little brother, who is in the hospital right now with an inflamed heart.

They’re thinking that could be caused by a virus he’s had or that is just how big is heart is. 

He should be okay, but I’d really appreciate it if you guys could keep him in your prayers. 

He’s at the hospital I go to, so I know he’s in good hands. But some extra prayers never hurt. 

We just want him to get feeling better and back to normal. Thanks for being people I know I can depend on for things like this.  It means a lot. 

Love y’all- Aspen AKA the Author 


Hey y’all! So… hmm.. what have I been up to lately ? *Goes away to think* 

Well for starters, I went to a haunted house and while I was totally freaked out before, once we got there I was fine. At one point I screamed, “Happy Birthday!” when one of the actors jumped out at me. Another time we were going through this circus parts and I was casually asking where I could get some of the neon paint. But it came out like this, “Where can I get some of this *person jumps out* PAINT”. Don’t forget the time in the dark tunnel I swear someone spit in my mouth and I said so, and one of the actors laughed. 

Then on Friday I went to the zoo with Lauren and her family which was super fun. And I got to see the bears (my favorite animal) But I did get a cool picture of the elephants. 

After the zoo, my mom, Lauren, and I went to my grandma’s house since my aunt was doing this lipstick party thing. I may or may not have spent $45 on it. WHAT. THE.  HECK. ASPEN. Oh well, it’s really cool. Plus it literally stayed on for 3 days. 

And then on Saturday I went and saw the play Thriller and it was really good! I had a lot of fun with my cousins ūüôā 

(Sorry I know thus is sideways, but I’m on my phone)

That afternoon I realized I forgot to turn in a project for orchestra, and without it I had a B. Which means that every single thing I’ve don’t since August 22nd to get straight A’s was all for naught. 

I was really tempted to lie to get the points but decided not to. And then on Sunday I taught a lesson in church on patience and mentioned my dilemma. Well low and behold, when I got home I found that she graded it anyway! Which means my grades are safe. So yeah, don’t lie xD 

Leave a comment down below of what you’re favorite animal to see at the zoo is! Love y’all- Aspen AKA The Author  

Fall Reading List

Hey y’all! So recently I’ve been reading a lot more so I thought it would be fun to do a list of books you all should read this fall!


 1. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting 


This is my all-time favorite novel. My personal copy is dog-eared and layered with sticky notes. The amount of times I read this book is probably astounding. Violet Ambrose can sense echoes of dead bodies- and the imprints left on their killers. Now that a serial killer is taking girls from her small town- she uses her “gift” to track him down. Along with her best “friend” Jay Heaton, and a few close calls, she tries to put everything back to normal. Well, as normal as a girl who finds dead bodies can.

2. Wait Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn 


This is my favorite childhood book. It may be written for a slightly younger crowd, but I still absolutely love it! It’s about 2 siblings who move into a church next to a cemetery with their new little step-sister. Add a ghost, and a mystery, and you’ve got the perfect book!

 3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher 

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I read this book last year, and I still catch myself thinking about it. The ideas that you had something to do with seriously hurting someone is haunting, just like this book. Hannah Baker left detailed tapes explaining how 13 people were to blame for her committing suicide. The unique set up of each story had be intrigued from the beginning.

4. Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard 


Serial killers have always been extremely interesting to me, so when I came upon a sci-fi version of them, I knew I had to read it. I loved the extensive research that was done for this book, and the amazing character development! ¬†Here’s the blurb: When Jeff discovers he is a clone of a serial killer, he knows he needs to track down the others before more people are killed. So along with the help of an ex- military man, that’s what he does.

5. Gallows Hill  by Lois Duncan 


So this book is written by a CLASSIC horror author. She is amazing, I remember when Sunny recommended her books to me and I spent all summer obsessing over them. You should definitely read all of her books, and not just this one. However, this one has stuck with me the most.t And the blurb (that I may have stole from Goodreads because they explained it really well:  Role-playing takes on a terrifying cast when 17-year-old Sarah, who is posing as a fortune-teller for a school fair, begins to see actual visions that can predict the future. Frightened, the other students brand her a witch, setting off a chain of events that mirror the centuries-old Salem witch trials in more ways than one.

6. The Accident Season


Admittedly, I picked this up for the sole reason that I’m accident prone. But I ended up liking it WAY more than I thought it would. I love a good mystery plot line that reveals itself in the end. This book is about a girl Cara, and her family who become extremely accident prone every October. This year, she learns that not all of the scars left are physical.

7. The Crucible 


We just finished reading this book in English class, and I loved it. It’s about the Salem witch trials where a group of girls were found to be bewitched. They claim it to be the spirits of women on the town, who are then hanged. I can’t say anymore without giving away the plot of the story, but I will add that this was actually written because of communism…


I hope y’all like this! Let me know if you read any of the books that I listed!

Love y’all!-Aspen AKA The Author



Ally’s Photo Competition¬†

So I’m currently eating lunch at work and was reading through some posts when I came upon Ally’s photo competition. 

It sounded like fun, so I thought why not participate? 

Here are my 3 photos: 

This one is of my baby cousin Ivy that I’ve mentioned 5 billion times. And my other cousin Sienna took it ūüôā

This is a picture I took of the Intermittent Springs in Wyoming. 

This is a picture I took.. of my legs obviously  xD 
I hope you liked looking at these, check out Ally’s competition here!

 Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author 

Talk Too Much

Hey y’all! It feels like it’s been awhile since I just sat down and talked with you guys. So, it’s October and I can’t believe it, now that my half birthday has passed I’m closer to being 17 than 16 and it’s crazy.

School has been very busy, keeping up straight A’s is extremely difficult. I’ve been obsessively checking my grades to make sure that they don’t drop, it’s probably unhealthy.

I’ve been in a lot of pain this week, my body is getting weaker and weaker, and I missed my chiropractic appointment last week so I’m going tomorrow instead. It takes every ounce of willpower I have to sit in school, which wrecks my energy levels in every format. I block myself off from everyone else when I’m hurting and it seems like I hate everyone around me. But I don’t, I’m just building my personal pyramid (or my pp *cough* Lauren *cough*) that keeps me and everyone else safe from the wrath of Aspen. Sometimes I just need to be alone, I love the people around me, but I can’t explain what’s wrong if I haven’t even sorted my thoughts yet. I need time to actually gain enough energy to have a conscious thought and then take a step back and get everything into perspective. Does this apply to anyone else?

On a different note, my orchestra concert is on Tuesday and while we sounded horrid about last week, we finally fixed the problems all the newbies were having and got it sounding pretty good. We’re playing Mythos and Lady of the Lake which are both pretty cool .

Topic change- again. There was a song that came on the radio the other day called Talk Too Much by Coin, and I really like it! It’s not what I usually listen to, but the style is growing on me, I’ll link it here! Speaking of talking too much (which is basically my life story. I forget that people that read my blog don’t get the real life experience of how much I like to talk) so you should definitely start a conversation with me! I’ll even lay out all of my contact information and platforms so you don’t even have to find the page on my blog (so nice, I know)


Google hangouts-

I guess I should get to bed now… but I expect to see my phone flooding with messages within the next few days! JK, totally kidding guys, but I would love it if you did want to talk ūüôā

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author




‚ÄčI can’t stay here anymore. Not in this room, this house, or this town. 

I already have a plan, I’ll just tell my family I’m too sick to go on the trip. 

That, yes, I’ll be fine alone for the weekend. 

And once they leave I’ll grab the spare set of keys. Remember to turn off the lights and forget who I am. 

I’ll drive until I find a city I’ve never been to, where I can introduce myself as Aspen.

The girl who isn’t dying. The girl who has a future, and can make her dad proud because it doesn’t hurt to play basketball. The girl who planned her wedding, not funeral. 

And the stranger will smile at me. Actually smile out of happiness, not pity because they can see the pain in my eyes.  

And maybe I’ll make a friend who doesn’t know anything about me except for my favorite color and dream job. They’ll ask where I’m from, and what I like to do.

They won’t ask how I’m doing or what the doctors said. There wouldn’t be any, “Do you need help’s?” Or “I’m sorry’s”. 

I want to meet someone who doesn’t know my story. Who doesn’t know why I act too mature or speak in stanzas. 

And then, when it’s all over, I wouldn’t be able to lie. So I’d tell them the truth. 

And they wouldn’t say anything, but they don’t have to. I already saw my world crash in their eyes.

Sunshine Blogger Award 2

Hey y’all! So I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Edge, you guys should go check out his blog here.
And onto the questions:
1. Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
-Nope, I’ve ridden a dirt bike but never a motorcycle. I don’t know anyone with one, and you need a motorcycle license to drive one so…
2. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever experienced?
– Well other than the one I don’t want to share, probably waking up coughing up water because I passed out in the bathtub when I was home alone. That’s the only one I can really think of right now. Or when I got bad hiccups and it stopped my heart when I was home alone again. All of those situations xD
3. If you ever had to kill some how would you do it?
-Well it really depends on the situation, but okay I have the perfect answer. You take an empty syringe and put the air into the vein in between the toes. The body will mimic a heart attack. And even if they think it’s murder, it will be very difficult for them to find the tiny hole there.
But if you have to get rid of a body, acid is obviously the best option.
4. Would you mind posting the 11th picture you have?

*Lucky number 11!* Okay.. fine. This picture is really embarrassing, I am in the middle of dying of laughter, as is Lauren hence the reason she’s blurry. Ryann must have told a joke mid-picture.

5. What’s the meaning of life?
– Now I could be a smart alec and put 42, but I won’t. The meaning of life is to gain knowledge and return to our Heavenly Father (personal beliefs obviously)
6. Would you rather have terrifying nightmares every night or see creepy things during the day that aren’t there?
-Well seeing as I have chronic nightmares (It’s a thing) I’d rather not have both, so I’ll stick with nightmares.
7. If you had to live in a movie what movie would it be?
-I thought I wouldn’t have an answer for this, but I actually have a few. Phantom of the Opera for sure, the Avengers, Mulan, and Lilo and Stitch.
8. Would you be willing to go on a scary adventure with me?
-Do I even have to answer this? I already bought a plane ticket ūüėČ
9. Can you describe in 3 words who you are?
-I was going to be a smart alec again and list my name but, y’know Internet safety… so protective, sassy, and a deep-thinker.
10. What’s the name of the last song you listened to?
– The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra. I’m picky about this type of music, but I either can’t listen to it or absolutely love it.
11. If you had to be killed by someone, how would you want them to go about doing it?

-Hmm, well¬†euthanization would be the least painful. However, I’d have to say in a duel with someone who used to be friend but became my enemy, so that when they kill me they’re stuck with unending grief. And with a sword, so I have time to give a speech while I’m bleeding out. Wow I sound insane.

I nominate My Crazy Obsession of Books 16 ,  Ruth, Inf, Colby, Fibit, Sunny, Liv, and Dzieyy,

That’s all I got sorry peeps. I’ve spent WAY too much time on this post already. And I still have to clean my room, do homework, and I want time to practice piano…

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author


Friends, Football, Freaks, and Free Pie


Hey y’all! I have to leave in about 15 minutes to my grandmas house because the whole family is meeting up for dinner. My mom and I made her famous sugar cookies into super cute Halloween and fall shapes for all the kids to decorate. It’s a tradition, and I love it.

Anyways, I am here to tell you what happened last night. It all started at the football game, Utah was playing Arizona. My brother didn’t come to this one, so I invited Lauren. ¬†Arizona scored on the first play. So the entire crowd was in a bad mood already, but then we started doing good again and the STUPID FREAKING REFEREES were ridiculous! There were 2 times when we could have made a touchdown but Arizona’s player blocked our receiver illegally. And apparently the refs didn’t know that its called a pass interference. They were so dumb, we were all chanting, “Refs you suck, refs you suck” over and over again. We started scoring because we rock, and Arizona was being ridiculous (they play so dirty man) and the guy who sits behind us was calling them desert chickens because they were being cowards and it was hilarious. In the end, we won! And it was our head coaches Kyle Whittingham’s 100th career win!! (Sidenote: We are on our 5th string running back, because the first one retired mid season and the other 3 all got injured yesterday, pray for us)

Okay, football rant over xD

So after the Utes game we decided to go to Denny’s and it was around¬†12:30 am.
It was completely packed so Lauren and I went to the bathroom on when we came out there was this lady in the hallway thing laughing hysterically. My mom couldn’t get in the bathroom because it wouldn’t open and so she asked me if I locked it. And I was like, “yes mom I locked you out of a public bathroom” and the lady cracks up even more but it’s all chill, we just go back to our seats all normal like and order our food.

So at our table was my parents, me, Lauren, my dad’s friend, and his son.

To the left of us was a table of extent drunk dudes singing Katy Perry and one of them kept going off about avocado so when he got his avocado he was literally fist pumping and they kept saying the weirdest things. And one had a patch on the back of his Jean jacket that said “Alcoholica”

Then all of a sudden a waiter comes around and gives Lauren and I pie and tells us it’s from the lady in the bathroom. So we look up and a few tables over she’s staring at us. So we’re weirded out but eat it anyways and she continues go stare at us.

And then right across from us is a table of parents with a guy about our age with his Utes hoodie  pulled up over his nose and he glared at us the entire time. It looked like he wanted to hit me or something.

And then the table on the left of angry boy had 2 ladies and one guy. Throughout the night the 2 ladies kept looking at Lauren and I too. So we’re all getting kinda weirded out and have no idea what’s going on and it was just really weird but later on my dad heard one of the ladies tell her friend to stop looking at us because we were probably only 16.

By the time we left I was extremely creeped out and just wanted to crawl into bed. But at least I had a funny story to post…. ( the life of a blogger…)

I’m headed to my grandma’s to eat, thank goodness, I’m starving! Be on the lookout for 2 more posts I have planned! Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author



Our Own Frequency 

I’m drowning in your alphabet, and suffocating on my own words. 

We both speak the same language, but English doesn’t make sense when it’s you saying it . 

You don’t hear me no matter how loud I yell. No matter how close we are. 

We scream and scream until our voices become their own frequency of incomprehensible static. 

 So now I’m quiet. I convey my emotions though glares and grimaces. 

I don’t have to ignore you because we now we never speak. If I hide behind my hair, you will always keep walking. 

The less eye contact the better. The less sad smiles the better. The more I forget you exist around me so constantly, the better. 

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