Writing tends to be a solitary activity. At least, the idealistic picture of a writer has him hunched over his desk punching away at the keyboard all by himself. This has some truth to it insofar as the writer needs to get the story on paper. If he wants to go beyond that - to… Continue reading Shout Out!
I'm watching it fitfully try to snow outside while I sit at my desk and drink a mug of aromatic peppermint tea. In the background, the dryer's humming, and the cat's howling from the stairs because the full standard poodle we're dog sitting is staring at him from the bottom step. Eventually, my cat will… Continue reading What Do You See?
The phone's ringing. Facebook's sending out notifications. Email's pinging. The television's talking. Even the gas pump plays advertisements as you fill up your car. Ugh. Unless you make an intentional choice to shut it all down, you can't escape the constant demand for attention. One night a week, my husband and I make that intentional… Continue reading Quiet the Noise
In Colorado, there’s this thing that people do. It’s called hiking 14ers. Let me explain. The Rocky Mountains run through the state and gift it, if you will, with more than fifty peaks over 14,000 feet. (There are over 500 13ers, but we won’t even go there today.) So you see, there are these towering… Continue reading False Summit
Hello Dear Readers! I'm checking in to let you know I'm still alive after my hiatus for book editing. Here's my progress report. This last week, I finished my personal edit on Quaking Soul. It took almost 3 weeks longer than I'd planned, but as someone told me recently, most everything takes longer than you… Continue reading I’m Alive!
"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion." - C. Northcote Parkinson This quote is also, apparently, known as Parkinson’s Law. That might be apt. At least in my writing life, this rings with a lot of truth. I’ve found if a task doesn’t have a deadline, particularly a large task,… Continue reading Sloth Slow Progress
Traditional publishing takes for-ev-er! Those novels you so love from popular authors can take up to two years to produce even if the author writes the book in six months. Because of this, my brain has come to expect long wait times. If I've submitted a story, I move on to my next piece while… Continue reading The Eye Published!
Have you ever been on a hike, enjoying the sun shining through the foliage overhead, the smell of pine and spruce on the wind, and then seen something off the path that you had to investigate? A lean-to someone left behind, a meadow filled with spring flowers, a mountain peak that begged for a picture.… Continue reading The Path