Happy New Year – Start your goals

Happy New Year Everyone! It’s bittersweet isn’t it? On one hand it’s exciting to wipe the slate clean and start fresh with new goals, new hopes, new outlooks. But there’s something sad about letting go. I took the ornaments off my tree today, and it looks so bare. Taking...

Too many projects and not enough time

Sometimes I wonder if I have too many hobbies and activities. I write stories and read books. I crochet and sometimes knit (although I probably shouldn’t include knit because I keep having to start over the dishcloth I’m trying to make). I sew. And I like to exercise, and...

Free Novelette – The Caravan

Writing The Caravan has been a long process. The Idea came from a dream I had about two years ago. I don’t want to give away the story before you read it, so I’ll just say, the dream inspired the big, dramatic scene towards the end. Because of this,...

Writing tip: Observe the small stuff

This writing tip came to me on two separate occasions. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my phone with me to take a picture either time. We’ve been talking about show don’t tell in writing. This subject came to mind as we were driving to Myrtle Beach. Off in the distance,...

Book Review: The Female Persuasion

A feminist title for a not so feminist story Fiction The Female Persuasion By Meg Woltzer 454 pp. Riverhead Books. $28. Despite what the title might lead you to believe, this book wasn’t preachy. Yes, it centers around a few feminist characters, but the story is about their lives...

First day of writing class: Bullet Journals

Welcome to the first day of writing class. If we were in a traditional classroom, I’d give a quick introduction about myself and setup the class rules. Yes, there are rules in creative writing class. Not only would I go over the rules, I’d pass out a copy and...

Writing Tip: How to spot ‘show don’t tell’ areas in your work

If there is any one writing tip that everyone agrees on it’s, ‘Show Don’t Tell.’ This is the cornerstone of reader engagement. There are instances where this doesn’t apply, I’ll get into that on another post. For now, let’s focus on the importance of showing. What is showing versus...

Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Take a second look at those hard to love Fiction ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE  By Gail Honeyman 325 pp. Penguin Books. $16.00. I forget why I missed book club, but for whatever reason, I wasn’t there when this book was chosen as our June book. When I got...

Crochet animals are all the rage

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed animals and dolls. Most of the time, when you see this word used they’re talking about miniature size, but if you search for patterns, they come in all sizes. This trend is huge right now in the crochet...

All dreams are possible including becoming a writer

This is what I tell myself every day. My dreams will come true one day. Not like Buster and his cat naps. I’m talking dreams like becoming a writer, or whatever it is you had hoped to become when you grew up. These are possible. Of course, these dreams...