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The past few months have been crazy–Andrew and I moved! We now live in a totally new neighborhood in South Seattle, the up-and-coming (or some may say up-and-came) Columbia City.

a photo of some blurry people walking under a street sign that says "Columbia City Bakery"

A move is as good a reason as any to shake things up, and I plan to shake things up here on the blog/site that is my name (I still feel weird about it, can you tell?). First of all, I’m going to write regularly about what I’m working on. It will be a little incentive to myself to keep writing and a way for you to see what it’s like to be a writer trying to be a writer–I feel like I work on too many projects, but maybe it’s just the right amount of projects.

a pink cover with a cupcake in the center, title: DIY Chick Lit/A Writing Guide

Second of all, I’m going to be writing a regular column-type thing on here about going to church. I need some kind of snappy title for it (suggestions welcome). Why should you care about me going to church? I don’t know. But I used to go to church, and then I decided I didn’t, and then I spent a year in an evangelical church (writing about it, which I will explain later), and then last year I stopped thinking about church at all.

All I know is that if I found another person like me who went to church, I’d be like, “TELL ME ABOUT YOUR LIFE” because I don’t know anyone like me who goes to church.

And by “like me” I mean a lot of things, implicit and explicit. On the surface, I mean someone like me in temperament: open-minded, relatively smart, and basically nice. Someone sarcastic and not generally into talking about politics or religion or things like this at all, really. But at the same time, someone who cares about church. For some reason, church is important to her.

Implicitly, I think I also mean someone who is in my same shoes: middle to upper-middle class, female. If I met another person in my life neighborhood who wasn’t into God but at the same time was into church, and who was basically chill, I would be very curious about her. I would want to know how she ended up going to church, what she really thought about it, and why she thought church was relevant at all.

a black icon of a mountain that says Valley & Mountain below it

These are the questions I ask myself from time to time and the ones I plan to write about here. I’m apparently in a time of thinking about it all again, so here I am, reviving Alicia’s spiritual journey (can we please not call it that). Unlike my explorations in evangelicalism, I hope to really join this church and see what happens. Because the church I found is pretty cool. So far, I’m pretty sure I’ve only alienated one person there.

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Hello again!

Hi friends and fans!

As you may have noticed, I have a new, slightly spiffier website. Never fear! The Chick Lit Cookbook tumblr is still up, and will remain up until the end of the internet.

But *this* new website is exciting to me for several reasons:

1. I am now a dot com. Actually, I feel very silly and not a little self-conscious about being my-name-dot-com, but every other name seemed…sillier. And at least this way, publishers can see my “platform.” Or something.
2. You can now buy The Chick Lit Cookbook directly from me. You check out using PayPal, and it’s still $4.99. But when you buy my book here, 100% of the list price goes to me and my editor. That is awesome! (You can also still buy from Amazon and Smashwords, or any other ereader platform.)
3. It has those cool little links at the top, which right now are mostly random photos but will soon be unified, cohesive artwork!

Setting up my own shop was honest to goodness one of the most satisfying experiences of my life. I made my sister Monica buy a book, and when I finally figured out how to deliver it to her, I was so damn proud.

Anyway! To celebrate this spiffy new website, here’s a coupon for 50% off the list price of the CLC (making it only $2.49!). Just pop on over to the shop and use the code CINCO to get 50% off The Chick Lit Cookbook. Now through June 15!

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Watch me write a novel

Over on The Chick Lit Cookbook tumblr, I’ve been using The Chick Lit Cookbook to write my own chick lit. My novel is about an archaeology student named Malena who solves an archaeological mystery about cave art and falls in love. Right now, this insane project is called CAVE ART, but Godwilling I will come up with a more suitable title by the time I am done.

So far, this project has kept me accountable–I’m up to Chapter 9 in the cookbook, I’ve written 1.5 chapters, and outlined the entire thing. I’m posting the chapters as I write them here, and you can follow along my progress on if you’re interested.

Wish me luck!!