Avily Jerome

Big Girls Cry

Big Girls Cry

An image scrolled through my Facebook newsfeed the other day. It was a picture of an overweight woman, hanging upside-down by her legs on a stripper pole and crunching up, presumably working her abs. Next to her picture, as a comparison, was a picture of a plump rotisserie chicken on a spit. The caption read, […]

I’m Not Old Enough For This

I’m Not Old Enough For This

Over the past few months, I’ve been helping plan my church’s women’s retreat. Usually we have several volunteers (of whom I have been one for many years) who all help with organizing the details. Usually the head of women’s ministry takes care of a lot of the nitty-gritty and behind-the-scenes details. Not so much this […]

Piffle and Other Funny Words

Piffle and Other Funny Words

Did you ever notice how some some words just sound ridiculous? Or how some people hate some words, despite the total legitimacy of the word. I’m not talking about irritating, non-words like irregardless and supposively, but genuine words. For example, I know a lot of people hate the word moist. It’s a real word. It […]

Hybrid Authors

Hybrid Authors

When you’re a writer, at some point you have to face the decision about whether to self-publish or pursue traditional publishing. There are pros and cons to both routes, so it really depends on both the author and the book itself what the best option is. For some, that may be an easy decision. For […]

Pass It On

Pass It On

Over the last several weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to talk to some newer writers about writing craft and the art of storytelling. I am at the point now where people are coming to me to ask my input, and to think I might have something to offer. That’s one of the most fulfilling parts […]

Saving Old Stories

Saving Old Stories

My eleven-year-old mentioned last night that he was planning to throw away his story, “Once Upon An Alien,” of which he had written about seven chapters. Because he was going to write something new. Now, being the ADD-ish writer that I am, I totally understand how a new idea can trump an old one, and […]

Thinking About Easter

Thinking About Easter

Spring is my favorite season. I hate being cold. I would much rather be too hot than too cold. Oh, I know, I’ve heard all the arguments about how you can always put on more layers but you can only take so much, and I’ve heard the explanations of how pretty the snow is, and […]