I love encouragement. I also love the truth. Which makes it hard for me to trust a lot of the encouragement I receive because when people are supportive they tend to do little white lies or omissions. As in, “It’s okay you didn’t get to your writing, it’s hard to write with kids around.” When actually they’re… Read More Yes, You Do Have Time
View from Mid-way up Mt. Peak Enumclaw, WA This is a new segment to my blog. I hate my characters to have the same old jobs and yet, I struggle to locate new positions where their work can be either a hindrance or a necessary component to the plot. Let’s face it, if I have… Read More So Your Character Needs a Job – Merchandiser
Admit it, you’ve clicked on one of these links from Twitter, stumbled on one from a news site or from within your email, followed one that was shared on Facebook by your best friend – not random friend number 436 – your honest to goodness best friend who was the reason you signed up for… Read More No, It is NOT Amazing, Shocking, or Surprising – Enough with Slide Show Hell!
I had an epiphany the other night. One of those light-bulb, head-smacking moments that seems so obvious, but for whatever reason I was too blind to notice before now. I was reading a novel and noticed similarities between the book I was reading and the book I am writing. Normally, this would discourage me. I… Read More Reading a Book with Similarities to One You’re Writing?
(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… Read More Thoughts On…
Previously posted on Contentedly Neurotic blog October 17, 2008 I’ve been lucky enough to join an online writer’s group this week, it’s a free event and it continues through a full week. It’s called the Muse Online Writer’s Conference. I have learned a lot and will continue to learn as I assimilate all the information… Read More The Best Strategies for Accomplishing Writing Tasks (or any other task)
Roll your eyes. Just do it, because I’m going to use a cliché. Don’t believe me, huh? Fine, “It’s all about attitude.” Told you I was going to throw out a clichéd whopper. When we’re in a total funk we feel like we’re choking on that cliché. Once we come out of our security blanket… Read More 3 of the Best Tips to Be Positively Positive + 1 Suggestion
Some days we lack the desire to exercise. Whether it be from a cruddy night’s sleep, or plain old lack of motivation, sometimes it’s hard to find the oomph. Here’s to your motivation! Find a quote that speaks volumes to you. Print it. Tape it beside your bed. Look at it. Live it.
(You don’t see me, go away) Introverts rejoice! We’re finally getting some love. Blog posts, websites, magazines, and books are letting the rest of the world know that there’s nothing wrong with us. Finally, we’re not told to come out of our shells, stop daydreaming, and socialize more. Okay, we’re still told this, but at… Read More The 5 Best Resources for Introverts
How many times have you picked up a magazine, opened an email, or followed a Twitter link to a Couch to 5k training program only to discover the author seems to have forgotten Couch means lack of exercise? Their idea of a beginner plan is 3 minutes of running, followed by 1 minute of walking.… Read More Best Beginner C25K Training Plans