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…

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…

Story Stuff: H Is For Humor

Today’s topic is one in the series I’ve been simultaneously anticipating and dreading. Because it’s easy to execute yet hard to describe. Today is all about humor (or humour, depending on where you are in the world). This blog started as a humor blog a year before I wrote anything in a novel. Click on…

The Hypothetical Final Post

You guys know I like writing challenges, and Dan offered up an unusual one today: If 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…

Three Ways Writing A Plot Twist Is Like Telling A Joke

Who doesn’t love a good joke? Lots of people pay hard-earned money to see comedians stand on stage and make them laugh. But have you thought about what makes a joke funny? There’s an element of surprise when a joke makes you laugh. You expect a story or situation to go one direction, and it ends…