Tag Archive | The Writing Life

When Christmas Looms

When Christmas Looms

Praise the Lord, the time has come! The most wonderful time of the year! My FAVORITE time of the year! Yes, I’m one of those people who go nuts at Christmas time–but if you were around last year, you already knew that. I have no problem with Christmas music before Thanksgiving. My tree would go up […]

Getting Organized, Part 4

Getting Organized, Part 4

Last week, I introduced my new system for getting organized. Now, I didn’t invent it, it’s just new to me. In an effort to get the different areas of my life organized, I’ve adopted the binder system for keeping track of home management, homeschool, and work. My home management binder has been a great asset. […]

You Know You’re Sick When . . .

You Know You’re Sick When . . .

So, I spent the better part of last week either in bed or laid out on the couch. What started out as some sort of allergy/flu thing turned into a chest cold, and my week took a turn for the worse.   You know you’re sick when . . . You’re rendered incapable of doing […]

A Day in the Life of . . . Ralene!

A Day in the Life of . . . Ralene!

I hope you all enjoyed the humorous look at the life of a writer in my last couple of posts. Of course, they were playful exaggerations of some real life circumstances we face. Most of the time, though, our lives are a lot closer to normal. So, I thought I’d give you a peek into […]

A Day in the Life of John E. Smith (part 2)

A Day in the Life of John E. Smith (part 2)

British Narrator: Welcome back to another episode of “Lifestyles We’ll Never Understand.” Last week, we tailed John E. Smith through his morning routine up until he found out he lost his work. Let’s pick up where we left off. John is still sitting at his messy desk as he pulls out his smartphone and calls […]

A Day in the Life of John E. Smith (Part 1)

A Day in the Life of John E. Smith (Part 1)

Narrator: (low, British accent) Welcome to the next edition of “Lifestyles We’ll Never Understand.” Today, we bring you to the home of up-and-coming writer, John E. Smith. We begin first thing in the morning in the writer’s office. Three of the four walls are covered with paper–articles, notes, pictures. There doesn’t seem to be any […]

A Writer’s Christmas List

A Writer’s Christmas List

It’s that time of year again. People are starting to ask that question that we never really have an answer for (at least I don’t)–“What do you want for Christmas?” So, for a fun way to kick off our week, let’s do a little dreaming. What’s your passion? Beyond family and such, what drives you? […]

Less Is So Rare

The reading of The Writing Life by Annie Dillard progresses. When she’s lucid, she’s quite helpful. When she’s not, she’s quite interesting. It’s a win-win. Here’s one of my favorite parts: “To comfort friends discouraged by their writing pace, you could offer them this. It takes years to write a book – between two and […]