Led Astray: Sites that sucked me in and sent me through rabbit holes of fun

“Please deboard the plane and get lost in the surroundings.”

I go in for research and I get lost in the beauty of decay, the horrifying stories of yesterday and today, and the minutiae of subjects I know nothing about.

Today is a round-up of a few things that have pulled from my charted path this week.

Birthday Ninja is where I went to locate tidbits of my son’s special day (which of course delayed me because then I had to look up everyone’s birthday). He’s a Fourth of July baby. Well, he’s not a baby anymore, but in my mind, he’s still a little boy…I wonder when, or if, that thinking will change?

Spooked In Seattle because my husband has some vacation coming up and we figured a spooky-ish tour would be fun for the whole family. Mainly the underground part. Kind of jealous as my husband has some accounts that have access to sections that aren’t on any tour (yes, we have already done the Seattle Underground tour).  In the end, I got sidetracked checking out all the tours they offer and their Death Museum information.

Bullet Journal – I’m in need of a new planner and nothing seems right. I’ve been curious about this for over a year now and have finally decided to give it a go. I wanted the general gist of the bullet journal phenom (the link takes you to a LifeHacker post) and also wanted layout ideas. Of course, I made the mistake of checking out Pinterest for Bullet Journal ideas and that was a rabbit hole fest of fun. I’m not artistically talented, so my journal will be fairly basic, but it was inspiring to see all the designs and layouts and ideas. I didn’t include the Pinterest search because, well, there is a lot to get lost in there.

Product Hunt – I wanted to see what is new in apps or tools for writers. I ended up getting lost in a sea of gadgets and apps that I will clearly never need or use, but it was fun.

Jet Pens – I’m sure I’ve mentioned this place before, but I can spend a few hours looking at pens, inks, notebooks, etc…. They even have videos on how to use different products, such as fountain pens. They have blog posts about the best pens for whatever. Maybe you want to learn how to use brush pens, they have guides on the best pens by quality, price, subject for which you plan to use them, etc…

Just a few of the sites that grabbed me away. What are the sites that you get lost in?



We All Need a Partner

Brothers, Competition, Support System. They push each other to be better.
Brothers, Competition, Support System. They push each other to be better.

I took my twin boys out driving the other day. Twin A had a really good day. Twin B had a fairly off day. As twins their dynamic is always fascinating. They compete with each other and it serves them well. They work hard to edge out each other out. However, they also have a natural support system. They know when to stop competing and start encouraging instead.

As I watched the boys do their competitive/encouragement merry-go-round it dawned on me how much we all need a partner Continue reading “We All Need a Partner”

Are You Disrespectful of Your Readers or Fellow Writers?

Do Not Enter


Do you really care about your readers? Do you care about the writers and/or readers who attend your conferences, workshops, and author readings? Let’s find out.

Everyone has an opinion. That’s good. Life would be miserably boring if we all thought alike. There would be no differences. It’s why politics is such a hot-bed of chaos.

Sadly, over the past twelve years, elections have become more and more volatile. Couple that hatred with the ease of spouting off on social media and everyone is lambasting everyone.

Three Ways You’re Disrespecting Your Reader: Continue reading “Are You Disrespectful of Your Readers or Fellow Writers?”

5 Tips for Carpooling



Over the years I’ve heard of moms who carpool kids between activities and school. Always seemed like a good idea, save on gas, give yourself a breather once in a while, etc…

This year a group of us parents hooked up and decided to set up a carpool. I was thrilled because our kids have been in the same elementary school, middle school and now high school together. They know each other, they are all good kids, and they are all in band, too. Fabulous.

We are two weeks into the carpool and I’ve learned a few things that all moms and dads need to note when setting up schedules.

  1. Do not drink and schedule. We all gathered at one lady’s home. Her husband made us Mai-Tais. Somehow we plum skipped a day. We figured out carpool for Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Friday – before school, after school, to band, from band. Come the first Thursday we realized our error and ended up in a last minute scramble.

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Thoughts On…


(Apparently, my second grade teacher approved when I learned how to think ) 

Today is a random thought day. A day where all the thoughts I’ve collected over the past few years are begging to be heard outside of my journal pages. Some, I may have shared, some I have not. Whatever the case, they are bumbling around, wanting attention.

They aren’t anything special, just tiny, piddly, thoughts. Some make me think, most make me smile.

On Cell Phones: Continue reading “Thoughts On…”