Part of how the human brain integrates us into our environment is through organization. We have labels for everything, compartments to put things into in order to make sense of the greater world. The end result has its benefits, but there is also a heavy negative price to pay. When everything is disconnected in our … Continue reading Connected
Even in the most exciting, rewarding purposeful life, we all get stuck in the daily grind of living and forget about the magic of being alive. We “outgrow” our child-like sense of wonder and learn to stop being surprised. Amazing things become irritations that distract us from work, our treasured electronic devices, and tasks that … Continue reading Fireflies and Moon Dogs: The Power of Awe
British crime drama is my thing. I adore a good murder mystery. When I’m not writing, that’s what I put on the telly to be my backdrop during the day. But when you watch enough of something, you begin to see patterns in the writing. The veil lifts and it becomes obvious when the writers … Continue reading Communication is Key
This varies by author, I’m sure, but for me it’s World Building. I have dabbled in many genres: contemporary romance, romantic adventure, paranormal romance, fantasy, science fiction, mystery. Even the stories set in modern day, familiar cultures require a little world building, such as defining the environment that surrounds your characters, the setting in which … Continue reading The Most Fun Thing in Writing a Story
A few years ago, my mother and I had a falling out. At the end of a protracted argument a lifetime in coming, I told her I never wanted to see her again. I meant it. About a year ago, she came to see me after sending a message through my husband, asking to talk … Continue reading Doing the Right Thing
One Christmas a few years ago, my daughter was between jobs and couldn’t afford to buy presents for anyone, so she made some delectable food gifts for her friends. We had talked about it and I’d assured her that no gift was necessary for the family. We were all tightening our belts and understood. When … Continue reading Best. Present. Ever.
Many years ago, I had a job that required me to stand up in front of a classroom and teach adult learners. This was perhaps the greatest challenge of my life because, since childhood, I was crippled with shyness, awkward with strangers and had spent my life trying to be invisible. I chose to do … Continue reading One Man’s Trash