What has Ashly Hopping?

Fun Fads…

Planners and stickers – an immature combination I’ve never entertained, yet find myself enjoying immensely as of late!

Electric Tea Kettles! After years of stove-top boiling, this gift allows me to steep tea at the exact temperature required. Loose leaf recommendations?


The Last Letter from Juliet by Melanie Hudson is now in my Top 10 favorite leisure reads! This historical fiction was a Once Upon a Book Club feature and introduces us to Katherine, a grieving widow on holiday. Katherine stumbles across a memoir and relics of a pilot in WWII named Juliet. Juliet’s story of love, loss, heartbreak, and soulmate’s kept me glued to the pages right alongside Katherine! It also left me crying and using my shirt to sop up the puddles so I could finish. This is one of those books where the characters will stick with me forever.

Up next:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Quirky Thoughts…

In THE WEEK magazine’s Jan. 24th issue there was an article titled Learning to Accept your Decline. It explored the idea of career peaking, talent decline, and the importance of reinvention. I find it hilarious to ponder that Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, was the referenced example of failure to reinvent. Why? He just couldn’t evolve?

Personal Prayer Requests…

School and the ability to obtain my degree within 2020.

Transition during and after my resignation from Discovering MErcy.

Wisdom and God’s direction for my writing and blog.


My Current novel mapping is complete! Thanks to a free app called WAVEMAKER, I happily organized my 72,000 word manuscript and mapped out the remainder! My 2020 goal to finish the rough draft is on target.