Lessons From An Unplanned Road Trip

I’m writing this from a hotel room. The last hotel room in an unexpected ten-day adventure, in fact. Tomorrow, we’ll be home. Back to our non-humid, cat-filled normal lives. We were supposed to be home last Friday. Flashback to two Fridays ago. My family and I are waiting in our local airport for our flight…

Do Women Authors Benefit From Using Initials?

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book. Twitter and other social media platforms teemed with memories and thoughts about the series and its author, J. K. Rowling. There’s an inspirational “keep on keeping on” story about how many times Rowling was rejected by agents and publishers before someone…

When Setting Becomes Character

I went to the coolest place today. These displays are part of the Michael Garman Museum and Gallery. They are a vast collection of the artist’s work, set up in a miniature city called Magic Town. I’m sharing the experience with you because one thing (or rather thousands of little things) kept me glued to…

When “Introvert” Became A Verb

If you’ve been on the internet for more than five minutes, you’ve likely seen the myriad of extrovert/introvert jokes flying around. I found a bunch when I was helping a friend find some for a blog post. It took approximately 2.3 seconds. Okay, most of the jokes are about introverts. We’re in the minority, you…

The Problem With “Try”

When I was in high school band (yes, I was just that cool), the director of the brass line would sometimes lead practices, and one of his favorite things to say was this: He said it in a Yoda voice and I didn’t really get it at the time, other than it was a Yoda…

The Hypothetical Final Post

You guys know I like writing challenges, and Dan offered up an unusual one today:┬áIf today were your final blog post, what would you say? My first thought was…that’ll happen?? I can’t imagine not blogging, but I suppose someday I’ll have to wrap this up for whatever reason – my own circumstances, or the collapse…