Life and Such

Story Tropes – Building a Team

Story Tropes – Building a Team

  Some of my favorite stories revolve around establishing a team of misfits that come together to accomplish an impossible task. Whether that goal is to pull off the biggest heist in Vegas history (Ocean’s 11), or you want to win the Battle of the Bands (School of Rock), finding the right person to fill […]

Keeping Track

Keeping Track

I have used a paper planner since I bought my first Mortar Board the beginning of my freshman year at Purdue. I have four wire-bound page-per-week calendars documenting tests, meetings, and starting junior year dates with the boy who would become my husband. Over the years I’ve cycled through paper planners even as I bought […]

My Word of the Year

My Word of the Year

My word of the year is Finish. I’ve assessed where I am in my writing journey and what I’m missing is a backlog of finished polished manuscripts. I’m reading Jon Acuff’s Finish. Or rather I have been but put it aside the past couple of months. As a goal/oriented person, I have an endless number […]

Narrowed or Broadened?

Narrowed or Broadened?

“Travel broadens the mind.” It’s a quote that has entered our world more or less as a truism. But is it? Theologian Malcolm Muggeridge has a quote stating the opposite, “travel, of course, narrows the mind.” When looking up these quotes, I came across articles and message boards espousing both. My experience. Both are true. […]

Winter Update

Winter Update

Writing Update So… NaNo didn’t end up happening for me. Between my mom having surgery and getting a really nasty respiratory infection, I had no time or energy to write. I’m so happy that some people are planning on working through a January NaNo. Yay! I feel like this gives me a second chance to […]

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

I know not all of our readers are in the U.S., but I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, if that’s a thing where you are. Now that I’m single again, and with my son living in another state, it was a pretty quiet day for me, and I did more work than […]

The Final Paladin: The Key to Apollyon

The Final Paladin is a fun fantasy novel that focuses on the legends of Charlemagne and the origins of chivalry. It’s a portal fantasy partly set in the gritty Five Points area of New York City during the Industrial Revolution. And partly in the Fae Realms. Vermillion, who’s known as Peg protects her simple-minded brother, […]