Howdy, y’all. My posting schedule has been hit-and-miss, I know. Looking back, I’ve been getting something new posted about every other week, but that trend will likely slow in the coming weeks. I’m scheduled for a rotator-cuff surgery early next week. And, I’m assuming the recovery process will limit how often I can post. I’ll... Continue Reading →

SNAFU or FUBAR?

A quick perusal of social media shows I’m not the only person who is struggling to maintain any kind of normal routine.That’s not surprising. We’re still mired in COVID lockdowns. We’re seeing repeated reasons for social and political unrest: Police shooting Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and not being held accountable for it.... Continue Reading →

Giving the Audience Time to Breathe

My spouse and I have watched Charlie’s Angels (the one released in 2019) every night since Mother’s Day weekend. I’ll start off by saying that I really don’t understand why it has only a 51% rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Actually, I can probably guess why it has that rating, but I think that rating is horseshit.... Continue Reading →

A Rambling, Shambling Post

I’m having a tough time figuring out what to focus on in today’s post. I don’t want to write about sheltering in place again this week. Partly because I don’t want to become an “all COVID, all the time” broadcast. Plus, not everyone has the luxury of sheltering in place. And a lot of people... Continue Reading →

Fangirling as a Coping Strategy

First, I hope that photo of a crowd doesn’t give anyone the jitters. I know I’m not the only person who watches TV or movies and freaks out about how close the actors stand to one another.I was chatting with a neighbor—while maintaining appropriate social distancing—and she commented that she’s so hypervigilant right now that... Continue Reading →

What Is Normal, Anyway?

A lot of writers have already crafted posts and articles with tips on how to be more productive during the shelter-in-place orders that so many of us are facing. The Internet is full of resources for learning new languages, improving our baking skills, exercising at home, and homeschooling advice.We can find lists of the must-watch... Continue Reading →

Looking Beyond

A challenge I was given this week is to think about what comes after this pandemic. They asked me to identify three or four things I'd like to see change because of what we've learned. It's a harder question than I expected it to be. And I think it's hard because I have so many... Continue Reading →

Looking for Silver in the Dross

I’m really struggling to write today’s post, which is why it’s going up so late in the day.I’ll admit that this pandemic and the governments’ responses to it have stirred up a lot of emotions. And I’m struggling to deal with all the things I’m thinking and feeling right now. I’m unsure about the future,... Continue Reading →

Managing Expectations

Lots of people have already written posts about how completely abnormal these times are. If you’re a Chuck Wendig fan, you’ve likely already seen his brilliant and profane post. If you haven’t, you can read it here. Maybe you’ve seen the various memes that are bringing some much-needed levity to the situation. I liked the... Continue Reading →

Writing from the Heart

My critique partners and writing instructors often comment that my fiction isn’t as emotionally engaging as it could be. That criticism doesn’t surprise me because I know that I have a deep-seated fear of my emotions. For the past five or six months, I’ve been working with a therapist to address those fears. My therapist... Continue Reading →

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