The Long Answer

Sometimes it feels like there’s nothing to write about. Other times, it feels like everything needs to be written down but the words that would capture the thoughts are just out of reach. Quite often, I experience a hybrid of those two extremes where everything that can be said, no matter how carefully chosen the…

Blast From The Past

On this day in 2016, I wrote this story. I am sharing it today because maybe you’ll enjoy seeing what kind of fiction I was cranking out a year ago. source: Happy Birthday Song It’s his birthday today. Fifteen years ago today, for the first time, I bought him a birthday card. It was yellow….

Art Effects

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island Yesterday, I told you that recently, I’ve been expressing my thoughts through sketching and doodling. I’ve been flipping through how-to books and watching YouTube tutorials on drawing cartoon figures and the very act of drawing is…

The stuff dreams are made of

Some have said they dream in color but I dream in words. In my dreams, I come up with brilliant stories, the stuff the great American novel might be composed of. Then I wake up and I struggle to write sentences any more complex than, The cat is big. And the cat can run fast….

On Writing

I am a writer means I have written something before, something you might recognize, or not, might have read, or not. My business card professes that as my vocation. My title, if I had an office, might even have an embossed nameplate that said Writer under my name. I am a writer. Often, you can…

Focus on the person

It’s November which means my thoughts are pretty much centered on books – reading them and writing them. As you know, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo and I just realized I’ve been explaining it wrong this whole time. Whenever I’d explain what the acronym means, I’ve been saying National Novel Writers’ Month but it’s really National Novel…

When Creative Means Same

The grammy nominations are out today and so begins the season of comparing one artist to another, comparing one person’s creativity to someone else’s. What does that even mean? How do you begin to compare two things that are meant to be different? How do you determine that one is better than the other?    If…

Mix It Up

One of my friends hosts a lot of dinner parties but she always prefaces her invitations with this statement. You know I only cook 3 dishes, so if you want something else, you should bring it. Needless to say, a lot of her dinner parties become potluck events which is great for making everyone feel involved. It…

I’ll Have A Page of Happiness, To Go, Please.

“Breathe. Let it be what it is, rather than what you think it should be.” “Tune in to the frequency of love. Recall a loving act – either one you did for someone or one someone did for you.” “Don’t let triggers from your past shoot holes through your present.” These are just 3 of…

Surely, My Thoughts Are Worth More Than A Penny

Don’t put so much pressure on yourself, they said. Everything is going to be fine, they said. Things are going to work out, they said.  But then maybe I got too relaxed. Maybe I didn’t push hard enough to begin with. Maybe I stopped too soon. Whatever the reason, things didn’t work out. And you…

Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge

Have you read any good books lately? If you could, what would you recommend to me? This summer, I decided to participate in 3 different reading challenges (Don’t ask me why). The Literary Ladies Summer Reading Challenge was the second of two that I finished. These are the categories and the books I used to complete…

Quotes To Live By

My Goodreads tracker indicates that I’ve read 44 books so far this year. I’ve probably read a few more than that because I don’t enter everything I read and in the shuffle, sometimes, I don’t/can’t keep great notes on all the books but I enjoy saving some of the lines that stand out to me,…