• On Life

    Don’t Fork With Me

    I’ve had a post rattling around my head for weeks, but running around the state, cleaning out 47 years of accumulation, having freakin’ Sophie’s choice with every family heirloom, trying to do my job and somebody’s else’s, running around the state partaking in end-of-year activities for seven of my twelve nieces and nephews, and trying to be a good and present wife (among a gazillion other things not even worth mentioning)…well, being a “good blogger” dropped way down on the list. But the post wouldn’t die, and just kept bouncing around in that scary place called “my brain.” In rare moments of solitude (like during the quick 5-minute showers I…

  • A Serial Story

    A Serial Story: Part 3

    Meanwhile, the man watching the little bungalow stood quietly in the shadows, contemplating his next move. So Maggie was somehow involved with Alfonso. Interesting, very interesting. The man ran a slender hand through his wavy brown hair, as he often unconsciously did when his mind was stewing over a problem or plotting his next move. This time, it was both. Maggie and Al being in cahoots was a problem. A bog one. And he had to determine exactly how to deal with it. Tell his employer immediately? Wait until he had more facts? Try to solve the problem on his own and then report to his employer? “C’mon, Ethan, think,”…

  • Writing Prompts

    60 Writing Prompts and WTF

    So, I came across this little gem searching for writing prompts (i.e., this is not a sponsored post, like all of our other posts). Not only does Freewrite have 2 months worth of daily writing prompts available, the website also has WTF–Writing Time Friday. You receive a post at noon Eastern each Friday and can join thousands of other writers around the world for a quick virtual write-in session! Check out the prompts or join WTF at getfreewrite.com/blogs/writing-success/writing-prompts-60-ideas-you-can-use-today.

  • On Writing

    Transmedia

    I’m an idea girl. I get tons of ideas for stories and creative works all the time. I don’t think I’ll ever have enough time to get to them all. Maybe in Heaven someday. 🙂 At any rate, one of the reasons I don’t have as much time as I could have is because I tend to find these independent YouTube series and then I binge watch them. One of the more famous of these is Lizzie Bennet’s Diaries, which is a vlog, updated for the current century, based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The one I just finished binging on is called The Moonstone, which is based on…

  • On Writing

    Whatcha writin’?

    Now that I blasted through catching up on comments (you know you all miss me doing that…*G*), I thought I’d find out what everyone’s working on. Hey! Even if you just have some ideas or goals! Share ’em with us. Maybe we can help brainstorm and develop them into something you’re enthusiastic on digging into! As for me, I just finished a chapter of the Hart mystery, and I’ve roughly plotted out the next 2-3 chapters. And I have most of the first scene done of part 3 of my auction story for Jenn (which is tremendously overdue. *sigh*). I’m trying to alternate between those two so that I eventually…

  • On Writing

    Deep Work

    I was surfing the Internet (which I spend far too much time doing) and I was looking up articles like “mental fatigue” and “brain fog”, just seeing if there were methods that people use to combat this feeling of just being mentally tired all the time. And I found an article about 10 Things Brain Fog Might Be Telling You. (Tells you how much brain fog I have that I couldn’t concentrate long enough to read the article to get through all ten items.) But one thing jumped out at me. The author talked about the concept of Deep Work. I’d never heard of this before, and thought it sounded…

  • A Serial Story

    A Serial Story: Part 2

    “Are you sure you weren’t followed?” Alfonso asked as he shut the door behind the blonde woman, a lock of shaggy dark hair flopping onto his large, lined forehead. He impatiently brushed it aside, as he turned to look at his visitor. “I’m not an amateur,” the blonde said derisively, as she pulled a pack of cigarettes out of her purse. “That doesn’t answer my question,” Alfonso stated, staring at the woman with challenging eyes. In response, she rolled her own eyes. “Can I guarantee it? No. But obviously I don’t think I was followed, or I wouldn’t be here.” She lit a cigarette and sat down on the ragged…

  • On Life,  On Writing

    Blowing the Fumes Away of Exhaustion to Find the Calling Underneath it All

    I finished my “have-to”s around 7:30 tonight, and I came upstairs to sit at the computer, which is what I do most nights that I don’t have other things on my plate. I had put off doing bills and finishing my brother’s March guardian expense report this weekend, so that’s what I did yesterday. Forced myself, that is, because I really didn’t feel like it, but it needed to be done. I tried reading a few articles on productivity to inspire myself. I opened my 85% done chapter of Hart, which needs some reworking on a scene or two and the writing of another scene or two to be finished.…