Professional athletes, trainers, and coaches tout the merits of cross training: doing a variety of activities that develop different areas of fitness. A tennis pro may lift weights to beef up her back hand. An NFL running back may takeRead More… CREATIVE CROSS TRAINING
“Class, take 5 minutes and write anything you like.” For many writers this is a dream come true—no rules, just write. For me that blank page is a glaring spotlight that sends my imagination scurrying like a mouse into theRead More… Blank space
Long before Bill W. and AA, the Serenity Prayer hung on a wall in my Aunt Myrt’s kitchen. On the windowsill in the same room, she also placed a small, sky- blue clay figurine, a squatty cross between a vultureRead More… What, me worry?
“Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.” I really should needlepoint a pillow with those words. It’ll match the unfinished daisy afghan my mother-in-law gave me on my first Christmas as a married woman—47 years ago. Yes,Read More… TO DO OR NOT TO DO – THAT IS THE QUESTION
November 5, 2018 at 11:11am. I deliver my first-born. Her name is OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA. She weighs in at 1.4 pounds/381 pages and is 6″ by 9″ in length. She is attended by her mid-wife, Kindle Direct Publishing, and her godparents—John,Read More… IT’S A BOOK!!
Over the summer, I bore witness to parenting, avian-style. Bluebirds in Sacramento urged their young to eat the mealworms on their own since their once safe home had become a sweltering box. Robin mothers and fathers patiently fed their speckledRead More… LEAVING THE NEST
May 11, 2013. Two weeks after attending my first writers conference, I noted on my calendar – “Novel idea – No Rhyme Nor Reason.” I was a 63 year-old retired nurse, married with no children, and had done some traveling.Read More… BEGINNING, MIDDLE, THE END
When I pull up a blank page today, who greets me? Is my muse a feral cat who shows up out of the blue, skittish and fleeting? The one I’ll need to coax with ritual – literary kibble if youRead More… “… Dogs and Cats living together – mass hysteria!”
“So, what do you write?” This is the most common greeting at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference I am attending in Ft. Collins. The basics of name and residence are left to plastic covered tags, and although who youRead More… Tribe Vibes
Sky Net is real. Humanity may not be headed for Armageddon just yet, but I am totally screwed. The electronic rapture has swept the planet and I’ve been left behind. In the early 19th century, there were textile workers calledRead More… Thirty feet under water with zombie tarantulas