comic relief, life, life lessons, writing

The Best Cut

This past weekend, on our regular grocery shopping run, I wanted to pick up some sea scallops, because they were on sale. That day, loads of people wanted seafood. So, I waited. There was no organized line to speak of. It was first come first serve. When my turn was up, I stepped closer to… Continue reading The Best Cut

adult fiction, fiction, Uncategorized, writing fiction

Why Adult Fiction vs. YA?

I've never been one to fit nicely and neatly into any category or niche, and my fiction is no exception. I get that in a world where the publishing industry has changed and sizable profits make or break the business, having some sort of indication that the unpublished novels under consideration will generate large revenue… Continue reading Why Adult Fiction vs. YA?

writing, writing fiction, writing process

What? Write? Why?

Not hearing from an agent ready to represent the manuscript for my first novel in adult fiction has been hard. It has put a damper on my creative spirit, and I've struggled with working on the second book without deleting everything I have written. The outline for the book has been done. But, the scenes… Continue reading What? Write? Why?

donuts, doughnuts, perfection, writing

Instant Perfection

Somehow we've become a culture that expects things to turn out the way we want without much effort or many tries. Maybe some of the influence comes from social media. We have only patience enough for a snapshot of things, whether in words or in picture form. Seeing DIY videos, where things seem so fast… Continue reading Instant Perfection

differences, intonation, languages

Delivery Differences

I'm not talking about take out or take away food delivery differences, although that is fascinating in its own right. You can have restaurant menu items or grocery store choices delivered, while you're busy doing something else at home or you're about leave work. Getting grub can be so fast and easy and can provide… Continue reading Delivery Differences

Columbine, community, denver, trauma

Columbine, Community Contused

The day before yesterday, after I had picked up the kiddos from school, I saw some blurbs about some woman who was armed and dangerous somewhere in the Denver metro area. Caution was advised. Around that time, I started getting alerts: texts, e-mails, messages, that Denver Public Schools were on lock out. Apparently there was… Continue reading Columbine, Community Contused

catastrophe, community, life, rebuilding

Catastrophe Converted

Watching a live feed of Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames took me emotionally back to when I saw the smoke from the Twin Towers billowing and then collapse to the ground. I couldn't draw anything except short breaths. My heart raced. I might have even gritted my teeth. The fires grew. Angry red, orange,… Continue reading Catastrophe Converted