"When you write naked, you're doing this each time, allowing the reader a glimpse of yourself. Not everyone is going to like who you are... Strip to your bare skin and write your book in the glorious, raw mess just as nature intended." Jennifer Probst, Write Naked, a bestseller's guide to writing romance and navigating… Continue reading The Writing Journey: Writing From a Place That Hurts
The Write Path
*title taken from a chapter in Jennifer Probst's Write Naked. I am not the traditional writer, you see. I didn't start writing as a kid and keep myself hauled up in my room reading and writing all day and nights, choosing to swap high school parties for nights in the house by myself. I didn't… Continue reading The Write Path
Why “The Good Place” is the Most Brilliant Thing on Television Right Now
Growing up Catholic, I was taught the fundamental difference between good and bad. Part of my parochial education was learning what constitutes a true mistake, a mortal sin, and original sin- the sin that comes to us in birth originated by the first sin committed by Adam and Eve. I also learned that one has… Continue reading Why “The Good Place” is the Most Brilliant Thing on Television Right Now
“So there were these two stars… ” Celebrating my first NaNoWriMo with my first novel!
It's NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month and what better way than to officially start my first novel! I started writing fiction as a way to realize my most entertaining day dreams into something more tactile. I always only did it for fun, not really seeing a practical future in a career as… Continue reading “So there were these two stars… ” Celebrating my first NaNoWriMo with my first novel!
As I was driving home from running errands for the third straight day, my music lists, as it always seems to do, shuffled to the right song at the right time. And of course, I was ready to sing along, as I always am. But then, I caught myself as I joined in with the… Continue reading Homecoming Mindset
I Owe an Explanation
My husband has asked. My mother has asked. My son has asked. You have probably asked. I have a thing for Alexander Hamilton. There. I said it. It’s out now. And you know what… it’s not weird… It’s not. My enchantment with “the ten dollar founding father” began a few years ago, coincidentally when the… Continue reading I Owe an Explanation
Originally written 14 July 2017, some parts added 14 May 2018 Fort Carson, CO Dear Mr. Miranda, May I call you Lin? I’m going to thank you in advance for your time and I ask that you forgive my loquaciousness in advance. Listen, I don’t normally do this sort of thing… writing letters to people… Continue reading A Letter…
Let’s Do the Time Warp
Upon moving out of my first post-college apartment, I stumbled upon a storage file box labeled “College.” Being the curious creature that I am, I decided to take a trip down memory lane eager to read through some of my past assignments. How much had I really changed in those mere three to seven years?… Continue reading Let’s Do the Time Warp
The Art Gene is Strong With This One
“I love being a designer of all things! Everything is design!”- Elayna Spratley I thought it appropriate to begin this post with a quote from one of my dearest friends and godmother to my babies. I have known Elayna for over ten years now and she has been a tremendous support to my family and… Continue reading The Art Gene is Strong With This One
Feeling Stuck. It was Dr. Seuss who best described the "Waiting Place"- a place where people are stuck in a place, at a crossroads, where they are not sure what their next move will be. Perhaps in his book, Oh the Places You'll Go!, Dr. Seuss does an excellent job at describing the adult experience in… Continue reading Stuck