Life and Such

Desperate

Desperate

This is how I’ve felt recently, desperate to finish. I’ve had this story on my heart for a while now and in the past couple of years it’s taken off. The story has grown a wider cast, an extra world, more books. At the end of June I have an editorial review scheduled and at […]

Familiar

Familiar

It’s late. I’m still awake. I should really be sleeping. The clock chimes. It’s that mellow, resonating sound I remember from my childhood. It’s familiar, even comforting. My grandpa made clocks for my dad and uncle when they were first married. He has one of them in his own house. I grew up listening to […]

Books and Beverages

Books and Beverages

Last week there was a meme going around about dreaming of owning a bookstore. Honestly, this isn’t really a dream of mine. Or at least something I’d get excited about doing unless I could make it something really unique. Then I had an idea, books and beverages. Pretty much all of my writing friends are either […]

And Pie for All

And Pie for All

I’m a sucker for those Facebook Quizzes and memes based on things like your initials and birthday. My favorite is one that gives all kinds of options of things to do with famous or infamous people from books, movies, and TV such as the dreaded “go to prison with Voldemort.” Mine is fantastic – “Rule the […]

In The Field

In The Field

  A couple of weeks ago, my daughter came home from AWANA with this pretty enamel cross that she’d purchased at Store Night with the AWANA Bucks she’d earned. She immediately clipped it onto her coin purse. In her sweet second grade voice she asked me, “Mommy, do you know why I bought this?” When I […]

Incommunicado 

Incommunicado 

  I could have used Zandrea (pictured above) several times this week. All was good until Wednesday afternoon. I called a colleague and had to apologize for sounding a bit scratchy. By Thursday morning my voice was gone. I sounded like I’d swallowed a tub toy. It’s sad but my first thought was, “I can’t […]

My Two-Pack-a-Day Habit

My Two-Pack-a-Day Habit

I have a weird nervous tic—chewing my lip. To get me to stop that, my dentist suggested I chew gum instead. He even recommended a specific brand — Trident — and told me to make sure to get gum sweetened with xylitol because it’s better for you than other artificial sweeteners. I kind of wish […]