The Writing Process

How to Start Your Writing Project

You decided to write a book. The ideas were there, but disappeared the moment you opened a new Word document. Now the only thing standing in the way of you being the next New York Times bestseller author is actually start your writing project. What to do? Turn off the computer and return to talking… Continue reading How to Start Your Writing Project

The Writing Life · The Writing Process

Why You Should Be Writing

This past weekend my husband and I spent the day in St. Petersburg. We had lunch at this really cool restaurant called The Library, which by the way was built by his company. We toured another one of his projects under construction, before heading to the Chihuly Museum. To say the glass was breathtaking would be… Continue reading Why You Should Be Writing

The Writing Process

Five Easy Steps to Write Fearlessly

What’s the biggest obstacle to writing?  The writer.  Sitting down to write often means coming face to face with our doubts and fears. I’m not a real writer. I don’t know enough. How can I possibly say anything that hasn’t been said better by the experts? What if I get it wrong? Does my idea even… Continue reading Five Easy Steps to Write Fearlessly

Depression · Musing

Time to Edit My Netflix Rules

I finished Girlfriends Guide to Divorce on Netflix last night. I choose it because I’m a sucker for the four-girlfriends-figuring-out-life-over-wine theme, and more importantly, it fit my two-plus seasons Netflix rule.  I’m not quite sure why I stuck with it. I hated the gratuitous sex, and more importantly, the narcissistic, judgmental, and all-around annoying main… Continue reading Time to Edit My Netflix Rules

The Writing Life · The Writing Process

Back to Blogging

I’m blogging again.  It’s been a while. I could list a multitude of excuses as to why, but that would serve no real purpose other than to make me feel better. So I’ll spare you. Since my last blog, I relocated from Atlanta to Tampa. My transition included two apartments, one townhouse, six offers to… Continue reading Back to Blogging

Depression · Grieving

Vacation Blues

I’ve got the back-from-vacation blues. Even after being home for a week, all I want to do is go back to the beach. Life is great at the beach. No responsibilities. Very little clothing. Quiet waves rolling in and out. Throw in a cocktail and good book, and it’s just about perfect. Why would anyone… Continue reading Vacation Blues

Depression · Grieving · Musing

How are you, really?

How are you? No, really. How. Are. You? Not a simple question to answer, especially when it is asked in passing as a pleasantry rather than a real inquiry. Generally, our response ranges from good to well, demanding on where we reside on the grammar scale – by the way, Grammar Girl states it’s okay… Continue reading How are you, really?

Grieving · The Writing Process

The Story Only You Can Tell

Two weeks from today I will hop on an Airbus A340-600 and head across the pond. First stop London. I will finally see my daughter, who I haven’t seen since the beginning of January. And after a quick three-day tour of London, my family and I will begin our five country, fourteen-day tour. A bit… Continue reading The Story Only You Can Tell

The Writing Life · The Writing Process

Why you may need to implode your story

One perk of being married to someone in construction management is getting to witness the different phases of building a building. I have been to ground breakings, looked down gigantic holes at poured footings and walked through completed buildings noting unfinished punch-list items before the final walk-through.  All the while learning  the lingo and gaining… Continue reading Why you may need to implode your story

Community Involvement

Five Ways to Sustain Resistance

It's been one hundred and eleven days  since the election. Thirty-eight since the inauguration. It's important to note because three plus months of active resistance is exhausting. I've marched. Made phone calls. Written emails. Huddled. Visited my senator and knocked on doors. I'm tired and tempted to give up. A week ago  a family member told… Continue reading Five Ways to Sustain Resistance