addiction

Feb 21st, 2018 family, my life, writing Amanda Stanley 3 min read

I wrote a book about addiction. When the idea of Dandelion came to me I did not intend to set out to write a book about addiction. I really did not. It even surprises me that Dandelion turned into what she did. I hope that is not disappointing to anyone. That’s how writing can be, though. You get a half-formulated plot, sit down, and start…

reading

Feb 18th, 2018 my life, reading, writing Amanda Stanley 2 min read

I talked before about my dyslexia and the challenges that caused for me in my childhood and even into adulthood. The voices it put into my head that forever berate me about my writing, speaking, and even reading aloud. When you’re a child and things do not happen immediately you are confident they will never happen. I thought I would never learn to read and then…

growing up in missouri

Feb 15th, 2018 everyday, family, my life, writing Amanda Stanley 3 min read

I spent my entire childhood playing by a creek, pulling weeds in a garden, and running around with my friends on 40 acres in the woods. I did not, however, grow up in the country as one might assume from that sentence. My family lived in the suburbs of St. Charles until I was about ten-years-old when we moved to Old St. Charles. A historic…

music

Feb 8th, 2018 muses, writing Amanda Stanley 2 min read

I am a lover of music. Since I was a little girl if music played, I sang. When I was young I remember wishing, praying, that my voice would change into a beautiful singing voice. It never happened but I never stopped singing. In the car, shower, anytime I am at home I have Spotify going and I’m singing along. I learned how to play…

plan

Feb 3rd, 2018 my life, present, writing Amanda Stanley 3 min read

I get overwhelmed, easily. Too many changes, too many ‘what if’s’, too many ideas, and my mind shuts down. When I was younger I thought something was wrong with me. Everyone around me seemed to fire off ideas, keep pace with the conversation, generate ideas and thoughts in a flash. I could follow the conversation fine, the lecture, the idea, but I couldn’t come up…

A story…

Jan 23rd, 2018 my life, writing Amanda Stanley 4 min read

That little girl is me. I am sure you’ve figured that out. Yesterday was kind of a rough day for me, a lot of those dark voices some of us fight came to haunt me. They sort of unpacked for the day. Sat with me on the couch and just kept talking. Have you ever experienced that? I have fought the inner turmoil all my…

Dandelion Jane

Dec 20th, 2017 everyday, reading, writing Amanda Stanley 1 min read

I am so excited to announce my book, Dandelion Jane: Strawberry Jelly is for sale in the Kindle store. Go download your copy today! Dandelion Jane: Strawberry Jelly

Me Too

Oct 16th, 2017 everyday, my life Amanda Stanley 3 min read

Me too. It started over the weekend. The statues updates with all my friends standing together to shed light on their own experience with sexual assault and harassment. There are plenty of my friends who I have heard their personal stories, and plenty more that I have not. The first few posts caused sadness in me, later a little shock, then guilt. I wanted to…

Hey girls…

Nov 11th, 2016 everyday, muses, my life Amanda Stanley 4 min read

2016… What a weird year, huh? My head feels a little bit like mush as I remember this past week. When I walked into the polling room at our school, and cast my vote, I had some pride well up in my heart. Did I think Hillary Clinton would make the best president yet? I really wasn’t sure. I don’t agree with anyone’s politics 100%,…