Alliteration is Overrated

Who had the bright idea to make November National Novel Writing Month? I mean, four months out of the year have 30 days. So. Why November? No, this post will not explore the origins of NaNo. I just need to gripe. And, you know, reassure you that I’m still here. (Still figuring out how all […]

Happy Rejection!

There is something amazing about a rejection letter that accuses a story of being both well-written and an enjoyable read. Rejections are great. Really! For me. At this point and time in my writing career. This is in large part due to the fact that I can count the number of rejection letters on one […]

I Am Entirely Too Good At Wasting Time

So my husband just made an entirely blasphemous suggestion: that we give up internet (aka time-waster) video for the month of February. My first reaction: sounds good; enjoy! Second: wait, you mean me too? Third: what are you, nuts? Methinks I have a problem. It sounds like a great idea, as long as I’m not […]

Insidious Insecurity

So today, I want to talk about insecurities. We all have them.  Some are probably so ingrained, we don’t even know that we have them. Last weekend was amazing, by the way. For many reasons, but chiefly… I learned how to sew. Ok, so my grandmother taught me the basics of how to sew when […]

Write-A-Thon: Update #1

Check out my shiny new writer page for the Clarion West write-a-thon! And you should sponsor me. Because I am just that awesome. I’m starting to freak out. I’ve officially made a commitment to write for two hours every day. It doesn’t seem like much, but I don’t always have two hours during which I […]


With all the ups and downs of life lately, carving out time to write has been hard. …No. I should be honest here: I’ve been procrastinating. But the point is that I’ve had an incredibly difficult time making myself sit down and write. And now I’m fixing it. I applied to Clarion West last winter. […]

The Next Adventure

So I’m heading to Ecuador in March. That’s sounding pretty fantastic about now, as wind chill is supposed to drop the temperature to around -27°F tonight. And we’re on the coast. Can’t imagine what it’s like farther north. Yep. The equator sounds like a nice place to be. And growing up here taught me that […]