This morning, I woke up way too early and couldn't go back to sleep. Insomnia isn't a frequent visitor, thank God, but when she visits, I feel like something that accidentally got put into the dryer with the laundry. My brain starts flailing and banging around with no escape. Why did she come this week? … Continue reading Trusting the Next Step
Woah, 2015 has been quite a year of change and transformation. Pretty much ready for it to end when the clock strikes midnight tonight! We're celebrating this moment and looking ahead. I’ve done quite a bit of reflecting over the past month, and there have been lots of experiences had and lessons learned in 2015. … Continue reading Bye Bye 2015
The past few months have been some of the most difficult of my life. Since July 15, my husband has spent a grand total of 92 days in the hospital and undergone 26 surgeries to repair damage from an episode of diverticulitis. He's still in the hospital, but the surgery cycle is over. His abdomen … Continue reading No More “Shoulding” on Myself
Apparently I suck at teaching poetry. Though I failed this year, thankfully the student who shared my shortcomings and his poetic discovery, also provided the solution for next year. In my Creative Writing class, we spend the month of November participating in NaNoWriMo. Then in December, we take a break from cranking out hundreds or … Continue reading Lessons in Free Verse
Ah . . . summer vacation, a time of lazy days sipping lemonade in a hammock with a good book . . . or not. Maybe that's what summer looks like for some people, but not this girl! I just got back from Forensics Nationals, a super fun but not so relaxing week traveling with another … Continue reading Blog Break
The ground. That is the depressing finish to this sentence. I went on a long (for me) run this morning as we are actually having a beautiful spring here in the high desert. Normally spring is non-existent. We just go from snow to mud to broiling hot without a whole lot of nice days in … Continue reading What I look at when I run . . .
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