My Writing Retreat Roundup

Since I used my last two posts to set up goals for this week’s at-home writing retreat, I’ll recap what progress I made and what I learned about my writing process. I’ll start with crunching numbers. In my post on May 31st, I said my goal was 2,500 words. I felt like that goal would... Continue Reading →

I’m Back!

My two-week blogging break wasn’t planned. But I think I’m a little more refreshed after taking that break. I was taking two writing classes, and each required a certain number of reviews of peers’ assignments each week. I was feeling burned out on writing. Both classes are nearly done, and I’m looking forward to a... Continue Reading →

What Happened to Our Ambition?

I saw the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” this week. I won't go into the film's flaws or how it mishandled the timeline of Freddie’s life. The film's ending focused on Queen's performance at Live Aid. The concert took place in July 1985, and I was in junior high. I remember watching Live Aid with my mother.... Continue Reading →

Something Stirs

I don't know if writers are more prone to introspection than other people are. Perhaps other creative and artistic people also spend a lot of time in self-examination. Or maybe it's just how I function. My sense of who I am as a writer is undergoing another shift. For years, I thought I'd write mysteries.... Continue Reading →

Compass Wanted

I’m feeling a bit lost at sea this week. It’s the first full week back to work after the holidays, and readjusting to my weekly routine is harder this year. Perhaps that’s because I’m getting older. Or it might be burnout and fatigue from the uncertainty of our political mess. The rage and fear I’ve... Continue Reading →

My Intentions

I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions. I think they’re a lot of pressure right after an extended period of stress. Here in the States, we’ve just finished the big holiday season. We’ve spent weeks comparing our cooking, decorating, and gift-giving skills with all our relatives and friends. Many of us haven’t lived up to... Continue Reading →

Looking Forward to 2019

I’ve been thinking about the coming new year and what I’d like to accomplish as a writer in 2019. I find it hard to just brainstorm some possibilities. Once I list a couple of possible projects or goals, I start feeling an urge to put together a timeline for accomplishing them. My instincts tell me... Continue Reading →

Writing as a Maze

A number of people have compared a writing career to being a marathon runner. I’m not a runner, so I can’t fully appreciate the comparison. This has been a disappointing week on the writing front. Jen has been traveling for business all week. My plan had been to write after work, which is a time... Continue Reading →

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