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 🙂

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 🙂 

(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 🙂

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 🙂

Love y’all! -Aspen AKA The Author




​I 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.