Writers and bloggers frequently ask me how and where to publish their personal essays. I am always extremely flattered they reached out to me and always eager to share what I know. So much of what I’ve learned over the years is from generous souls who gladly shared information so that others could get ahead. I […]
Two Graduations, A Book, And The Freshman 15
It might seem like I’ve been quiet around here, but I’ve actually been as busy as an ant at a picnic. This is what I’ve been up to … I got a master’s degree! Yippie! And I wore what felt like an academic superhero outfit – complete with cape, cap and tassel. It was a […]
I’m Done. Pooped. Kaput.
Today is Day #30, the last day of NaBloPmo (National Blog Post Month). Remember when I joined fellow bloggers in a blog challenge to write a new blog post every single day during November? Well, if you’re reading this post…I’m officially Done. Pooped. Kaput. (You can find all of my NaBloPoMo posts here.) There were […]
Best Tweets On Writing
Looking for some quick inspiration? Here are the best writing advice tweets this week: “Write. Rewrite. When not writing or rewriting, read. I know of no shortcuts.” #WritingTips -Larry L. King pic.twitter.com/wwEoFmtYzC — The Script Lab (@TheScriptLab) November 15, 2014 A lot of people talk about writing. The secret is to write, not […]
I Have Officially Jumped On The NaBloPoMo Crazy Train
Sometimes I get this what-the-heck feeling, to throw all caution to the wind, and jump into something completely insane. I was feeling the itch to get back to my blogging roots. That first year of endless delights every time I clicked “publish.” Once you’ve been blogging for a while your blog may not always feel […]
Living Out Loud In My Second Half: I’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!
Learning to live out loud in my second half wasn’t originally my goal, but it happened anyway. I pretty much spent a lifetime fluffing the pillows in my cushy comfort zone. But all that changed four years ago when I took a chance as the empty nest began to creep up on me. Fueled by […]
Look, Ma, I’ve Been Published!
Ever since I got my hands on my first diary at age 8, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Aside from the horrible spelling and questionable punctuation, every page of my chocolate smudged Snoopy diary was filled with drama, humor, sarcasm and, later on, teenage angst. Sadly, I destroyed my first diary since […]
Sharing My Writing Process: Coffee, Hair Twiddling, And Cleaning Out Drawers
When I was asked by writer and friend Connie McLeod to join a group of lovely, talented writers who are taking turns sharing their unique writing process, I jumped at the chance, because oh goody I get to talk about me! I love learning about writers’ creative process and, in turn, discovering and sharing my […]
My Weekend With Erma Bombeck: Making Friends, Finding The Funny And Sharing French Fries
My love for Erma Bombeck began when I was just a kid peeking over my dad’s shoulder while he was laughing and reading one of many of her books that we would collect over the years. I was hooked. “My theory on housework is, if the item doesn’t multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the […]
Writer’s Block: When Life Gets In The Way Of Inspiration
Some mornings I can’t wait to jump out of bed to write, even if it’s just a Facebook or Twitter update. And some days, well, I feel I’ve lost touch with my writing mojo – that spark to create something that excites me. I forget this is my playground that I created and I can […]
Five Days Without Internet: A Blessing Or A Curse?
The five days I didn’t have internet access at home were painful and strangely wonderful – just not at the same time. It all started one morning when I went to my desk, coffee in hand, as I always do, to start my day. A few clicks and nothing. No bars. No Safari. Nothing. Hence, […]