CC Riley

Pick up your pen and write


When I was a young girl and I felt lost in that stormy sea of life, I found books and words. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. I wouldn’t want to fill my house with shelves upon shelves of books, and I wouldn’t want to write my own stories.

My name is C.C., and I’m a logophile, bibliophile, and ergophile, just trying to make my way in this crazy world. Look to  my book reviews for book recommendations and/or read some of my fiction and nonfiction. Comments are always welcome, and remember, if you start feeling lost, “pick up your pen and write.”

Most Recent Blog

“We were on a break”

People often need breaks, right? They need breaks from certain people, breaks from activities that they enjoy, breaks from jobs, experiences, or family members. A hiatus. A respite. Yes, let’s use the word respite for my time away from the blog. A respite is “a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.” Blogging definitely wasn’t unpleasant for me, but it had become difficult. I struggled to find content that “fit” into the categories that I had created. It wasn’t blogging that was difficult though. What had become difficult was the brand that I was trying to create out of myself. If I enjoyed something but if it didn’t fit into any of the categories on my blog, then I couldn’t write about it. Or, I could write about it but purely for my pleasure.


Well, I’ve decided that as I’m thirty now, I will unapologetically utilize the “other” category and post whatever I want to. This is my space (not to be confused with myspace… it’s not that cool here), and I can write what I want to. What I want to write about is what I’m passionate about. What is setting my soul on fire. What I’m spending my time doing and what I’m trying to accomplish. I want to write about my classes and what is working and what isn’t, about the fiction that I’m writing and the books that I’m reading. I want to write about politics as I see them and I want to write more than a facebook post about what concerns me.

So, here’s to a new beginning and a fresh start. My hair is shorter, my life is fuller, and I’m ready to share some of all of it.

Other Blog Posts

Robyn Carr Books and More

About six months ago, I accidentally read a book by Robyn Carr. It wasn't bad. I'm not necessarily well-read in the "romance" genre, or at least I wasn't until I read her novels (more on that later), but I felt intrigued. There was a solid story line, and what I found...

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Remodeling with an Almost-Two Year Old

So, I told you that I had a lot on my plate. I've been busy. I haven't been writing because my life has been a chaotic whirlwind of frustrating misadventures that have given me patience and helped me to grow as an individual. I will say, however, that those lessons...

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365 days later…

I don't know what happened. I don't know where a year has gone or how in the world I went exactly 365 days without checking this space or writing for it. But here I am, better late than never. Here's what I've been up to: reading SO many books. I've already read 22...

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