Remember the good ol' days when, as a child, we would write all our hopes, dreams, embarrassing moments, crushes, parent woes, etc. in our diaries? If you didn't, then you missed out on unleashing all your thoughts onto paper then hiding them as if no one could ever find them. My diary back then had … Continue reading Journaling through life
I have had a hard time sitting down to write for quite some time. I keep talking about it and thinking about; however, something always seems to get in the way. I can make the excuse that I don't have time, but I do spend some time on the couch watching Netflix.I can make the … Continue reading Writing during a pandemic
As a child, my mother made a big deal about making sure her rural county - living daughters were exposed to museums, parks, art, the city, plays, etc. I have wonderful memories of sitting next to her in the field by our house as she sketched. The long grass was itchy, but it didn't seem … Continue reading ART and the Grieving Cave
I am a stress eater and dealing with COVID-19 and my mother's death has meant chips, chocolate, and all the other yummies. I call it the QUARANTINE 15. I haven't gained 15 pounds, but it sure feels like it. My jeans are tight around the waist and ass because I have been living in sweatpants … Continue reading QUARANTINE 15
My summer goals on writing each week have not been successful. My mother's husband had surgery and he is my mother's caretaker. She is in the last and final stage of Alzheimer's. This is perhaps the worst stage yet. It could last months or it could last years. With my stepfather's recovery, my sisters and … Continue reading Don’t be afraid to change your goals.
Summer is my time to destress from a school year. As a special education teacher, my patience is tested throughout the year as I help students deal with their emotions, academic struggles, and just getting through the day. I love my job, but I do need the summer to be myself again. This time of … Continue reading Summer Goals
https://www.monticello.org/ I recently went on a field trip with my son to Monticello as a parent and as a special education teacher. My focus was staying cool in the heat, keeping the kids on my caseload on track, and spending time with my son. However, it didn't take long for that focus to change. Soon, … Continue reading Unexpected Motivation
My inner critic is harsh. Let's just be brutally honest here: my inner critic is a true mean-to-the-bone, socially unacceptable bitch. You know the type: They put you down every chance they get. They blame you for everything wrong that happens. Why did the boyfriend leave? You. Why did you not get that job you … Continue reading Taming the Inner Critic
It is now December 29th and no I didn't finish NaNoWriMo. I also didn't write a novel. I also totally failed on my exercise schedule. Work meetings and holiday activities got in the way. Excuses I know. The good news is that I did come up with a new children's book and have started writing … Continue reading Confessions
In just a few days, November will be here. To be that means NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)!! It is the one month of the year where I, and many many others, try to write 50,000 words in just one month. Some of us are successful; some of us are not and that is ok. … Continue reading Time to Write a Novel??
In a previous post, I mentioned how I was going to start posting more and writing more and blah blah blah. Well, that was MONTHS ago. Apparently, life got in the way yet AGAIN! School started up and my schedule is insane. My son has been sick more than usual for the first two … Continue reading Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
The time has come. I have finished my second children's book and I am ready to find an Agent to help me get it traditionally published!! But wait...aren't you an Indie Author? Yes, I know, I know. I am and I should just do it myself, but this book is different. It needs artistic skills … Continue reading Finding Agents and Making Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole