Everyone Has a Story
I love my little town. It’s funky and eclectic. We have loggers and gold miners and contractors and teachers and nurses and rocket scientists. There’s no one-size fits all homogeneity on this hill. Everyone has a story.
My son came home this afternoon from his drive up the mountain to post a few bills for me and pick up a gallon of milk at Worton’s Market.…
What If You Push Fear Out of the Driver’s Seat and Take Control of Your Writing Life?
Writing is one of the scariest things we do. But, I can’t find one bit of data that tells me it kills us. On the other hand, the odds of dying in a car crash are 1/113.…
Copycat, Dirty Rat
Back in the day, “copycat” was a nickname we gave to those who cheated on assignments or stole the “look” of someone else. Trust me. It was a label no one wanted. A scathing rhyme was written about it:
“Copycat, dirty rat
Don’t know what you’re
But, it seems so many insist on being who we are not and produce work that originated in someone else’s mind.…
How the Love for Reading Sparked a Love for Writing
[We might pursue things for a lifetime without entirely realizing it. There’s a moral to this story. I hope you will read through to the end. (Affiliate links to what I buy and use.)]
“The Little Train that Could” is a story I cherished in my very early years.…
This truck story resonated with me. Not because we have a car payment equal to a mortgage payment. We own all our vehicles outright.
The Operative Word Is “All”
We tend to collect what insurance companies call “classics.” When a new-old car comes home, the agent asks if it’s going on the Hagarty policy.…
5 Points to Help You Navigate New Creative Territory (So You’re Not Left Dead in Your Tracks)
Have you ever faced an obstacle in your art that sent fear racing through your veins? Maybe you’ve been called to tackle a writing project for which you feel entirely unqualified. Maybe you encountered an insurmountable block–an immovable mountain, that you later learned was a stop sign?…
I Can’t Believe I Fell For It
I can’t believe it!
I believed there are people out there who know better than I what or how I should write. Why is it I can fearlessly talk to felons and addicts and ex-Biker Club members with more confidence and ease than I can communicate here?…
A Concise Guide to the Best Introvert Resources Online
Introverts are aware now more than ever before that the world values an extrovert personality style. Even though the world population is nearly evenly divided 50/50 extrovert/introvert, introverts regularly find themselves feeling forced to fit into an extrovert mold to succeed. Children and adults alike, suffer.…
Why You Should Learn to Share Your Private Self With Those Who Care the Most
Three weeks had passed since my father’ funeral. We–my aunts, uncles, cousins, and their children gathered at my cousin’s valley home to celebrate his son’s fourth birthday with ponies and magic. My (favorite) Aunt, Lynda,knew my dad most his life.…
Rebounding When Your Quiet Evening With Friends Is Highjacked
It’s not my proudest moment. I confess that to you right now. Even in the midst of reading all the inspiring research in”Quiet”, (affiliate) I ignored all I’ve learned and fell back into bad habits. All it took was one person to zero in on me like a Kamikaze pilot pelting me–and my sons, with questions and comments so quickly we couldn’t get out of the line of fire.…