Recommendation Roundup

I finally ended the 11,000+ word scene in my work-in-progress. I don’t love the scene, and I’m sure I’ll cut most of it. But I have a better feeling for my cast of characters. It served its purpose. Today’s post offers a few short reviews of books and shows I recommend. Here goes: Wanderers by... Continue Reading →

Lengthening Shadows

Here in the U.S., we’re rolling into Labor Day weekend. In a lot of communities, Labor Day marks the end of the summer break for children and teachers. Many call this weekend “the end of summer,” and it will be the last big weekend for travel, hanging out at the beach, and cookouts. While summer... Continue Reading →

Love Potion Number Nine

The other day, I found myself thinking about modern life and our obsession with the concept of love. For centuries (if not millennia), the concept of love didn’t factor into humans’ decision-making processes. Our ancestors often married for security or wealth. They didn’t look for careers that sparked their passions. Instead, they followed in an... Continue Reading →

Not Aging Gracefully

I’m going to rant today. You’ve been warned. The past couple of weeks have presented me with reminders that I’m a square peg in a round-hole world. Most of the time, I take pride in being an oddball. But even though I’m proud that I don’t fit neatly into the world’s categories, that doesn’t always... Continue Reading →

A Hodge-Podge

I keep a list of writing contests and periodically check upcoming deadlines to see if I have any stories I could submit. This week’s review reminded me that I need to open that file more often. A couple of contests had specific themes, and one, in particular, intrigued me. I’d meant to craft a story... Continue Reading →

O Brave New World

We’ve been talking for a few months about joining those who ditched their cable subscriptions. We finally took the plunge this week. You might ask: Is that really noteworthy or something to analyze on my blog? Jen and I are Gen-Xers, so we were kids when cable services first became a big deal. Jen said... Continue Reading →

Changing It Up, Part Two

I’m continuing my self-imposed social media lockout, and I’m coping pretty well. I keep informed about key news via email updates from a couple of major news outlets. I still pick up my phone with the plan to check social media but stop before reinstalling the apps. And I pick up my phone less often.... 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 →

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