How To Master Show, Don’t Tell

Originally posted on K.M. Allan:
Ah, show, don’t tell. One of the most spouted pieces of writing advice, and one of the most confusing. When I first heard of it, I had no idea what it meant. Surely writing that my character “rose from her chair and walked across the room” was showing? Yes?…

How to Ditch Writer’s Guilt and Write Now

Feel guilty about not writing enough, or about abandoning chores to write? You’re not alone. Here’s how to beat writer’s guilt and enjoy writing again. — Read on thewritepractice.com/writers-guilt/ This is my “commitment” selfie. Getting up at the crack of dawn with my coffee and attempting to be productive in my office. OFFICE HAIR DON’T…

On Writing, Querying, and Perseverance

via On Writing, Querying, and Perseverance Check out Susie Lindau’s blog post on preservation in the midst of query frustration. She gives good advice to heed,  and stories that I think many writer’s can relate to!!  

The Dreaded Decade

  I remember when the first month had passed. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard your laugh or felt one of your loving hugs in thirty days. Unfathomable. Today marks ten years. The dreaded decade mark I can’t believe is here, a decade since our last mother-daughter moment. It seems impossible that I have moved…

Grow Where You are Planted…

Grow Where You Are Planted… Look around you. What blessings and opportunities are you missing? Take hold of the low hanging fruit. Seize this moment you have been given. The past is in the past. The future is yours to mold. Stop complaining about things that are out of your control. Take heed of the…

The Odd Coffee Cup

IN HONOR OF MOTHER’s DAY- FOR A MOTHER I MISS SO MUCH❤️❤️❤️ Content and beaming with pride, she was happy to be a stay at home mother. But one blustery spring evening, news came of her husband’s sudden passing. Possessing no life insurance, there was little to cushion the financial blow from losing the breadwinner…

Grief is a Dog.

Originally posted on Alice in Authorland:
“Your real life, your whole life, is worth getting your heart broken a few thousand times.” ~ Martha Beck Take a vacation with Grief. Take the trip. I’m not talking about going somewhere, but getting to the bonfire of your broken heart. Take a vacation with Grief the way…

The nine stages of trying NOT to write at work

Originally posted on The Cat's Write:
If you’re a writer, undomesticated equines probably can’t stop you from writing wherever and whenever the tantalising desire strikes. It is a magnetic force that consumes you for a few minutes to a few days at a time, and it can strike randomly and without prejudice. But, unfortunately… there is one…

Write Outside: Autumn

It’s the end of October and autumn has finally showed up. Red, orange and yellow hues slowly crept their way across the mountains, but after the cold snap this weekend the colors have popped! To celebrate our anniversary a week early, we drove all over the Blue Ridge Parkway and its surrounding towns. The hardwoods…

Adventures in Volunteering:Community Garden

    I came across my third volunteering venue while working at the Community Table. I was busing tables when I looked up and saw a flyer for the Community Garden. I asked one the volunteers about it and they said they obtain a large portion of their donated produce from this resource.   So…

Adventures in Volunteering- Community Table

” Those who have changed the universe have never done it by changing officials, but always by inspiring the people.” ~Napoleon Bonaparte I learned of the Community Table from a fellow co-worker. They were my first choice in volunteer venues, but I learned they were on everyone else’s radar too. I made several attempts in January…

Adventures in Volunteering- PAWS

I’m almost half way through my adventures in volunteering. It came as no surprise that my experiences have been both rewarding and fun. What did surprise me was the difficulty I encountered getting scheduled at a volunteer venue. I knew I would have to work hard at making time to give my time. But I…