Monthly Archives: January 2012


Monday Morning Warm Up- A quote that gives you hope

Monday Morning Warm-Up (courtesy Jo Knowles): Share a quote that makes you think and feel hopeful. One of my friends forwarded a quote to me late last year and it has become my mantra, chiefly the word PERSIST. I don’t know why, and I suppose I am not the only one, but I am encouraged when I hear about people who are famous for their craft struggling, like I do, to create. It makes me feel more normal and human and less like a talentless hack. I guess in some ways I seek validation in that, in knowing that I’m not the only one doesn’t know what to write after […]




#FridayReads -The Grapes of Wrath + It’s almost time!

#FridayReads -The Grapes of Wrath + It’s almost time!

This Friday Reads finds me at the tail end of a great book, The Grapes of Wrath. Yes, I did just call this a great book. I was thinking this morning, as I was driving through the pre-dawn morning traffic, that this story is so wasted on the youth. I have no idea why teenagers are made to read it. I never had to, but I can’t say I would have enjoyed it or understood it better than I understand it now. It’s eerie how it’s so relevant to today – families being forced out of their own homes due to the economy with no choice but to pack up […]



Monday Morning Warmup: Your favorite alone time

Monday Morning Warmup: Your favorite alone time

Thanks again to Jo Knowles, who posts these each Monday. Today I’m doing an archived exercise: Describe your favorite quiet and alone time. Where are you? Inside? Outside? Is it cold? Warm? Is there an animal nearby? What do you see? Hear? Smell? Why does this time matter to you? I’m single and a bit of a loner. While I do get together with friends now and again, I’m mostly at home with the books and the appliances and the heater. Always the heater. It’s where I am comfortable and it is conveniently also where I keep all my stuff. So for me to have a specific time of quiet […]




#FridayReads, the OMG YOU READ A LOT edition

#FridayReads, the OMG YOU READ A LOT edition

A few weeks ago, I met some friends at our local Bahama Breeze for drinks and a rousing game of “keep the toddler from climbing over the tops of the benches and pulling the hair of the patron behind us.” It was some unexpected cardio and a really good time, because I’ve missed this particular family since they moved to Florida. “So,” my friend S says to me. “I have questions. You read a lot. What’s that about?” I laughed, because I can only imagine what it looks like to people who follow me on twitter or Facebook. I don’t party, I rarely eat out, I don’t drink. I don’t wax […]




Monday Warm-Up 1/16:”I want to write something that…”

Thanks to Jo Knowles for posting these! This is my first Monday Morning Warm-Up… “Write to the prompt: “I want to write something that will…” One of my fave music artists once said that he wanted to be a part of a song that lived on forever. Even after his career was over or he was long gone, when people listened to that song, they’d know he was a part of it. I think that artists- musicians and painters and sculptors and writers want the same thing, to create something that lives on beyond them and bears the mark of their effort, their talent, their dedication. I want to write something that […]




The Backup Plan

The Backup Plan

Do you have one? A what if scenario that hides in the back of your mind, that gives you an “out” if things don’t go as swimmingly as you hoped? I’ve made it clear to myself that I am writing a novel this year. And I will put my best foot forward and everything I am doing right now is in preparation of such. After I write the novel, it will be edited and rewritten and primped and primed and I will seek out an agent for representation and try to find a publisher to publish it. In the back of my mind is the reservation… the what if I […]