Hi, allow me to take a few minutes of your reading time and reduce the complexity of your life to a mere circle.
This is your life (well, at least for the purposes of this post).
Actually this is a visual I employed when I was a…Continue
I have a confession. I love to scroll through Pinterest during my evening television time. And because I try to justify this little time-waster as platform building, I have a board titled Writing. I usually pin writing quotes, pithy inspirations, or beautiful writing settings. But lately, I haven’t been pinning much of anything on that board. In fact, lately, I’ve been avoiding any writing-related pins at all.
When you’re in a writing slump, sometimes the last thing you want…Continue
When I first started writing, I had goals: start a blog, be published, build a platform. Sure as writers, we are focused on our latest or next project—the book we want to complete, the idea that is tumbling in our heads finding its polish, or the article we want to query. But it’s not all about us, all the time. Many writers I know are also very aware of giving back. They believe there is a way to use their words--their gift--to help others.…Continue
When I was younger, like in high school younger, I used to sing a lot. I wasn't all that bad, back in th’ day. Of course, when I sang with the school choir, I sang with my choir voice. When I sang alone in my bedroom using the hair brush as a microphone (oh come on, you did it too,…
Yesterday, I saw two Facebook status updates from writer friends lamenting the state of their followers. For one, it…Continue
This week, as I dug into my writing, I got to the point most of us get to when we feel bogged down by the work. Suddenly my shiny, new idea was mired in a couple really bad first chapters. In fear of failure, I found distraction in other projects. I haven't yet abandoned my manuscript. Despite the mess that faces…Continue
I am working on a nonfiction idea for a book. I’ve written a few of the obligatory rotten first chapters.…Continue
There is a scene from the movie Mary Poppins that has been on my mind lately. Michael and Jane, Mary Poppins’ two young charges, are with Mary up in their nursery, which is a chaotic mess. The children are still suspicious of their new nanny. After all, the previous candidates had been a dismal failure. Getting…Continue
This past fall, I took my dog, Blue, out for a hike near Colorado's Curecanti National Recreation Area on a trail called Dillon Pinnacles. I've done the hike before but not for several years. Maybe because it had been so long since I'd walked it,…
I have had great fun this week reading multiple blog posts about making resolutions, avoiding resolutions, or setting themes for the coming year. I've also read a lot of articles about the benefits or harm of setting goals-- how they can lead the way, provide inspiration or, alternately, become a painful source of…Continue
It's Christmas morning, and per tradition, I'm up early-- very early-- to get cinnamon rolls started. I'd complain, but I think I'm the one who started this annual baking extravaganza over two decades ago. I don't make homemade cinnamon rolls often, so when I do, it's a treat. My son, now 23, asked me several times…Continue
So the other day, while at a welcome-home get-together for a friend and her partner who have been wandering the world…
I read a lot of writers’ blogs. I follow a lot of writers on Facebook and Twitter. My conclusion? There are a plethora of posts, Tweets and status updates about the writing life. General consensus: it’s not always easy.
Writers put in long hours with lots of forehead-to-desktop action trying to come…Continue
It’s been two years since I made this leap into the writing world. Two years since I left a semi-lucrative career to follow this heart-dream. But the decision wasn't made without considerable deliberation. Before I quit, my husband and I sat down and looked at our budget. It would be tight, but if we made a few…Continue
For over twenty years I worked in the field of higher education, much of that time spent working as a career counselor. One of the ways I helped students discover their major and career choice was by administering a personality inventory called the Myers Briggs Type Indicator…Continue
When I first took this writing leap, I had so much to learn! All right, honestly, I still do. But I like to think I've come a long way in the last two years.
The first year I seriously tackled this writing plan I kept hear about something called NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month. In case you're living under an internetless rock or are like I was, a total novice, here's what it is: every November writers, published and unpublished, dreamers, and anyone who has ever…Continue
I have been spending a lot of time lately at the ball fields watching my daughter play. I admit to not being overly athletic, but the other day, I started really listening to the coach and realized there was a lot of wise writing philosophy to be borrowed from the game. Not wanting to hog all the enlightenment for myself, I thought I'd share my insights.
I admit it. I'm guilty. I have pulled out the notebook or the blank page in Word, stared at it, sighed, typed, backspaced, scratched out and then given up claiming I have a bad case of...writer's block. I can't think. I can't create. My mind is a blank. I guess I'll go eat worms.
Several summers ago, a few friends and I went on a river float trip. The guide explained to us there are different ratings on raft trips according to the class rates of the river. A class VI river, for example, will have extreme rapids and is recommended only for the experts. Most raft tour trips don’t even…Continue