Why editing in a bad mood may not be a good idea

Think about how your day goes when you’re in a bad mood. Do any of the following sound familiar? Are you more likely to be grumpy? Have less patience towards other people? Do you notice negative things more? Do you overreact to small things? Are you less objective? These...

The Waiting Game (a vampire short story)

Dante promised himself he wouldn’t leave the house again, but Lydia’s smell—lilacs and puppy dog kisses and sweet innocence—were like a giant brownie sundae to an extreme dieter. Despite knowing better, he let it lure him out into the night, into her world. A place he didn’t belong anymore. ...

Feeling overwhelmed? Make a decision.

Does uncertainty have you feeling so overwhelmed that all you want to do is crawl in bed? It does me. Especially, because it’s been rainy here. I’ve been trying to make the best use of my time. I’m making a slipcover. I’ve learned new things from watching marketing and...

Overcome Writing Fear

Have you ever suffered from conflicting emotions about writing? You want to write, but fear it too. Does this sound familiar? I have a desire and need to write, deep down in my gut. Even when I’m not actively writing, I’m constantly studying and thinking about it. My shelves...

Cultivate Writing Bliss

When was the last time you felt excited like the woman in the photo? If you’re like many of the people I see posting about being stuck in a sort of Groundhog Day, it’s probably been a while. You may have even forgotten what this feels like. A moment...

Dear Baby, Don’t Abandon an Idea out of Fear of Failure

Dear Baby, You got your first bike, a pink radio flyer tricycle, for Christmas when you were about 3. It was an adjustable one that would grow as you got bigger. You had no idea how to use the pedals to make it go. But that didn’t stop you...

Sewing Dragons

My daughter asked me to make this dragon for her back in January. It was supposed to be a Valentine’s present, but I got behind. I’m used to sewing teddy bears, so much so, I don’t have to read the patterns anymore. However, this dragon was a bit tricky....

The Caravan (post-apocalyptic novelette)

Corey didn’t want to leave the city, even with its stench of death and decay, but The General wasn’t someone to argue with. And, his mother had already signed the papers agreeing to become the new teacher at the outpost. Corey sighed knowing the General would either beat him...

Business Writing Tips

Business writing is both harder and easier than you think. First, business writing includes formal letters on letterhead as well as a quick email. That email you sent to your co-worker asking if she knew where the copy paper was, that too is business writing. Unless you’re in marketing,...

Time Management for Writers

I don’t want to give you the opinion I’m a time management expert. I’m not even close. But I have found a few things that work for me that I’d like to pass along. First, I’d like to suggest watching Laura Vanderkam’s Ted talk. I love her take on...