I still haven’t finished my novel’s first draft, but last week I dug myself out of a bit of a plot hole by relying on . . . my education. Shocking, I know, but it’s nice when those English degrees actually come in handy. I was having a hard time transitioning from the all the … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #1 – The Departure
As they say, anticipation is half the fun. We get to imagine perfect outcomes for any experience we may dream up, but when the job, book, vacation, or even the restaurant I've just tried doesn't live up to my expectations, disappointment ensues. Expectations make me focus on the outcome, not the journey, and I wonder what opportunities I have missed … Continue reading On Expectations
I participated in my final regular season Forensics/Speech and Debate tournament as head coach this weekend, and last night at the awards, each of the coaches shared something they had learned from participating in this thing we call Speech and Debate. One shared that he had learned that the effective use of language to manipulate, … Continue reading Are you a Super Hero?
Whenever I take my Forensics/Speech & Debate team on a trip, the kids somehow manage to go on "epic adventures." Sometimes I hear about their shenanigans during the event or just after, but most often, I don't hear about them until much, much later. They're good kids, so they never get in trouble (as far … Continue reading My Next “Epic Adventure”
1) My blog - I finally updated the "about me" page and changed the name of my blog. This is the third name, but that's okay. It needs to grow with me. It's now titled, "Speaking of Words, Quilts, and Life." In reviewing the collection of posts I've made, most of my posts somehow address creativity in … Continue reading I’m still a WIP
A week ago it happened. It was happily writing along. One character was telling a story about a situation to another character. I thought I knew what happened. I was writing it after all, but then, when the character finished telling the story, he let it slip that not just one, but TWO other characters had died. I had … Continue reading If my characters keep dying, does that make me a serial killer?
I got back from Sedona yesterday, and my husband commented on the picture of me on Devil's Bridge that my sister had sent him. "How in the hell did she get you to go out there?" he asked. He is used to me refusing to even ride a ferris wheel because it will, at some … Continue reading Forgetting Fear