friday things.

friday things


1. Love and Other Foreign Words

This book made me all kinds of happy. It’s about a girl who is a genius and, in the wake of her sister’s engagement and general teenage hormones kicking in, is attempting to understand love. It’s deeply funny and smart (obis) and full of characters that you want to hang out with and adopt as your own family. It’s a great read and I highly recommend it!

2. Maddie and Tae


Edit: The video was just released by NPR! It doesn’t disappoint.

3. Andy Samberg + Jon Snow + Amy Pond

All of the above folks plus many others are going to be in an HBO mockumentary about tennis. I know NOTHING about tennis, but I know I will watch the hell out of this.

4. Game of Thrones Emoji! 

I will use Hodor ALL THE TIME. And Dany has a little dragon on her shoulder!


PSA: I have a new Facebook page! Like it, share it, spread the love! (If you feel so inclined. No pressure. This is a pressure free zone. *stares until it’s uncomfortable*)

Happy Friday, everyone!

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The Things I Will Do for Buffy.

I’m pretty sure my soul mate is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

And this year at San Diego Comic-Con, toy company Funko has an SDCC exclusive Pop Vinyl Buffy figure.


Unfortunately, I’m not at SDCC.

But I know that some of you are.

And I’m hoping that through the magic of the Internet and the kindness of strangers, I might be able to procure one of these preciouses.

So! If you or someone you know is at SDCC and is amenable to purchasing a Buffy Pop Vinyl Figure for me, here is what I will do in return.

  1. Pay you back. With interest. (via PayPal)
  2. Name an awesome character after you in a book. I promise the character will be great. Not annoying, not a mean girl, not a jerk. And I’ll send a signed copy of the page to you so that you can frame it and cherish it and wave it in your houseguests’ faces when they come to visit.
  3. Love you forever.

So, here’s hoping that this works! If you think  you’re the person for the job, PLEASE email me at erinbrownwrites [at] gmail [dot] com or DM me on Twitter (@erinbrownwrites) to let me know you’re on it!

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friday things.

friday things




2. Tom Hiddleston

Because Tom Hiddleston.

3. Finding Carter

So, I’ve watched the first three episodes of this and think that I like it. I mean, I kind of loathe the main character—the titular Carter—as she is The Worst times a thousand, but there’s a precocious, hilarious younger brother and Wesley from Buffy/Angel. Those two things in and of themselves will keep me watching.

I hope everyone has a great Friday!

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friday (monday) things.

friday things


It’s Monday. Not Friday.

But today’s edition of Friday Things is happening on Monday. Which is sort of mean of me. But.


1. Begin Again

If this movie is playing near you, GO SEE IT. It’s wonderful.

2. Justin Peck named Choreographer at NYC Ballet

This makes my heart so incredibly happy. I’ve seen both of Peck’s ballets for the NYCB—both scored by Sufjan Stevens (I KNOW.)—and they were wonderful and amazing and delightful. He is a bright hot talent and I’m so pleased for him in a way that probably doesn’t make sense to be for a person you have never met.

But here we are with that.

3. My last week in NYC


Me and Rainbow Rowell!


Seeing the NY Philharmonic at Central Park.

Oscar hanging out at the Boat Basin during my going away party.


While it’s not making me happy to leave NYC, my last week has been wonderful. I got to write a lot and hang out with my dog and watch the entire first season of The Witches of East End and meet Rainbow Rowell and catch up with friends. Not too shabby.

I hope you all have had a wonderful week and are having a happy Monday!

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friday things.

friday things



*Speakers by Sam Hunt


*The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

I will watch the hell out of this movie.


*Lindy West’s Review of The Notebook

This might be the most hilarious thing I’ve ever read.

*Happy Fourth of July! 

I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend!

If you find yourself bored over this long weekend, reading Taking Flight would be a great way to pass the time….



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Taking Flight: Willa’s New York

When I began writing Taking Flight, I knew I wanted my two main characters to capture the essence of place and how different life growing up in the U.S. can be, based solely on location. And I wanted to incorporate my experiences growing up in the suburbs of the South as well as what I was experiencing living in New York. In that vein, all of the places Willa (and Dan!) go to in the book are actually real.

This is partially because I love being able to visit places I read about in books and wanted other people to maybe have that experience, and largely because I’m TERRIBLE at making up business names.

And now, as I’m preparing to leave New York, I thought it might be nice to give all of you a virtual guide to the very real New York that the very fictional Willa lives in in Taking Flight. So, in the map below, I’ve tagged all the places mentioned in the book that Willa, Willa’s mom, Ana, Dan, and Samuel visit. Feel free to zoom, move the map around, and take a look!

New York has been a lot of things for me.

It’s been a fantasy. A magical city of bustle and noise and opportunity and tall shiny buildings and crowds that I would see on TV and in movies and think, “Gosh that looks exciting. I want it.”

It’s been a goal. Whether I was fully conscious of the fact that New York was a goal for me, looking back now, I think it was from pretty early on. As much as I loved growing up in Arkansas, I knew that I wanted to go elsewhere. Explore. See and experience and taste and touch other things.  And when you’re from Arkansas, New York City is about as “other things” as you can get without leaving the country.

It’s been the place I live. I moved here in 2010 and had no idea what I was doing with myself. I knew I had enough student loan money leftover to last me maybe three months, if I lived skinny, and was frantically looking for any job that would take me. Luckily, someone finally hired me in the eleventh hour and I was able to stay. But, New York is strange because even though you live here, it can be a place that seems transitional. Foreign. As if you’re a long-term house guest and your host is very patient.  It takes a while for it to finally become familiar and personal and yours.

It’s been an inspiration. The energy. The loneliness. The soul-sucking job search. The inflated price of everything.  The sound of the subway. The heat. The cold. The feeling of solidarity when you finally make a real connection with someone. The elation when you get your first job and then your first paycheck and blowing it on brunch/drinks/a bag you’ve been coveting. The harrowing, exhilirating experience of online dating. The way the city is the best rebound from a break-up. The feeling when you look around and realize that you know the subway map and can give tourists directions and that you have restaurant and entertainment recommendations for friends who come to town.

It’s been a home. At some point, I realized that New York is my home. Sure, I still refer to Arkansas as home, but when I’m there, I call New York home. I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but there was a day when suddenly I was an adopted New Yorker and that a little bit of this city is mine. It’s weird to think that I’m leaving, but also, I think that New York is the kind of place that buries itself under your skin and lives inside of you. There’s something about the city that becomes part of who you are.

So I’m choosing to believe that no matter where I go, there will be a little bit of New York with me.

It’s possible this little bit is the purposeful power-walking bit that allows me to weave in and out of crowds like a boss. I’M NOT SORRY.

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Camp NaNoWriMo, Here I Come!

Because I’m insane, I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo‘s July session.

This is insanity because during the month of July I’m :

  • Leaving my stable publishing job
  • Taking a road trip from NYC to Arkansas with my dog
  • Attempting to not have panic attacks every day

In addition to those three things, I’ll be writing at least 1,000 words per day on a new project that I’m pretty much pantsing—it’s an idea I’ve been playing with and I have about seven different directions I could see the story going and I don’t know which one is best. I have a pretty good handle on my main lady character, but not the main man character. I expect this drafting process to be rough.

But I’m kind of excited about that?

Taking Flight was rough to write for emotional reasons and because I allowed myself to take a couple years to write the dang thing. My second book was plotted and written during last November’s NaNoWriMo, and, strangely, that was one of those first drafts that was in shockingly good shape when I began the revision process. (Hopefully I’ll have an exciting announcement about that one soon!) But this one is a story that I really only have a seed of so far and I’m excited to see what happens when I let myself write messy.

It might be a disaster.

I might cry a lot.

My Twitter feed might become unbearably CAPS LOCKED. (As if it isn’t already.)

But, hopefully at the end of the month I’ll have a finished first draft of a very messy WIP (work in progress)! There will be word vomit on the page that I can start massaging and shaping into a story that I’ll hopefully be able to share with all of you amazing readers in the future!

Viva word vomit! Viva drafting! Viva Camp NaNoWriMo!

Viva hoping this doesn’t throw me into a nervous breakdown.

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friday things.


friday things


* The Queen hung out by the Iron Throne. 

She knew sitting on it would make the Internet explode, so she refrained. Really, she was just thinking of us.


*Pentatonix are going to play the rival a capella group in PITCH PERFECT 2!!!!


This is seriously THE BEST.


*I bought the greatest kitchen sundries at Fishs Eddy



*Girl Meets World premieres tonight!!

9:45 ET on Disney!


*I get to see two friends get married tonight! 

Happy wedding day, Guy and Kevin!

And Happy Friday everyone!

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friday things.

friday things



This is the most important quiz you will ever take.*
Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray


I realize I’m sort of late to the party with this stuff, because I’m kind of cheap and don’t really like spending more than $10 on stuff for my hair. But I went crazy the other day in Sephora and bought the Bumble &  Bumble Surf line in the travel-sized kit they offer. And y’all—it is awesome. Totally worth the money.


Fun nerdy lady clothes! 

I’ve known about Her Universe for awhile now, and randomly checked out the website this week. And there are adorable Doctor Who clothings! Including the fun Eleven Dress above and these amazeballs Tardis-patterned leggings that I desperately need. Right now. I’m ordering them. Je nes pas regrette!

Also, I’m moving to Singapore! 
Yeah. Because life is insane, I’m moving to Singapore later this year. You can read more on that, here, if you feel so inclined.

Happy Friday, everyone!

*I got GILES!!!!! (Yes, this is good news. Obviously. Duh. He is kind of the only answer I would accept.)

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friday things.

friday things

Today I’m introducing a new feature on this here blog: friday things.

On Fridays, I’ll share stuff that I’ve enjoyed this week, be it books, music, photos, TV shows, movies, weird conversations—you get the drift. It’ll be an opportunity for me to share things that have made me smile or brought a little bit of joy into my life with all of you fine folks.

And now *drum roll* . . . here are my Friday Things this week!

Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs.

This book is totally charming and reminded me so much of everything I felt going into my senior year of high school and also reminded me of a camp I ran in college that was for gifted & talented students. It was the best, and so is this book.

Kate Spade Sale.

I might have splurged and bought myself a dress AND a passport holder. Because necessary.

Senegalese Chicken Soup from Hale & Hearty. 

You know, sometimes you just want to eat Senegalese Chicken soup and nothing else. And sometimes you let yourself do that. (No picture included because, well, the pictures of it don’t look all that appetizing. Trust.)


I have decided, perhaps against my better judgement, to catch up on PLL this summer. And maybe start Witches of East End. Because I’ve heard that isn’t awful. And maybe Vikings? Idk. Thoughts?

Drinking Buddies

I watched this on Netflix the other night and really super enjoyed it. Fair warning: it’s a little bit awkward and uncomfortable, but also incredibly charming and genuine and relatable. And it stars a whole bunch of people I generally enjoy watching. That never hurts.

My hilarious dog 


Happy Friday, everyone!

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