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
It was the last class. The last day of school. Spring 2011. The kids were done with their final and sat in small groups, chatting, glancing at the clock, waiting for the empty, long, lovely days of summer to begin. One group sat clustered around my desk discussing their writing. One student had written a … Continue reading An Idea Becomes Reality
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
This summer I attended the Willamette Writers’ Conference. Many of the writers and presenters there kept saying, “keep your day job.” There’s even a pretty good blog that I occasionally read called http://www.writerwithadayjob.com that offers tips and motivation to keep going in the face of a busy life. She also has a companion book that … Continue reading Keep Your Day Job AND Write . . . How?
Last week I pulled out a bunch of fabric to start a new quilt. It’s not that I don’t have enough current projects to work on, (there are at least eight). It’s that I like starting projects. There’s so much potential at the beginning of a project, whether it’s a new quilt or a new … Continue reading Fear of Finishing
This Thanksgiving season, I’m thankful for this blog. It has given me the courage to make my writing public, something I have never done before. It has forced me to stick to a writing schedule. I’ve posted every Monday and Thursday, except for a few misses here and there, since April. It has pushed me and even gotten … Continue reading Writing Strategies to get the Novel DONE (hopefully)