Last week I wrote you about the trauma involved in losing Cooper, my dog of 13 years. He was a good dog and was my companion in many activities throughout the years. He will be missed. A few days later, my daughter Melissa came to stay with us. She lives in Denton, Texas, about 1 … More The Replacement (at least he thinks he is!)
If you’re like me, you’re sequestered in your house, waiting out this whole coronavirus scare like it’s some giant snowstorm that has blanketed the whole world. Wait and see, wait and see. It’s easy to be caught up in what we can’t do, where we can’t be, and who we can’t be with. But having … More What are you grateful for?
In our very expansive backyard, we have a section of lawn that has been designated a pet cemetary. We own two acres and have lived here for 22 years, so not only do we have the space, but over the years, we have accumulated quite a few plots for family pets. I’ve meant to write … More Pet Cemetery
I consider myself a creative person. I also consider myself a disciplined writer. Trouble is, they don’t necessarily work together. When a creative idea comes to me, it often has no logical connection to anything that I am trying to accomplish at the moment. Which can be problematic, of course. Case in point: I am … More Creative Distractions
I remember getting very discouraged as a beginning writer when I read, “You’re not a serious writer unless you write every day.” I understood where they were coming from. You had to make it a habit. You couldn’t just wait until you were inspired to write. But the reality was–like so many other writers and … More The Pros and Cons of Immersive Writing
Every year I look forward to summer, telling myself that it will give me the opportunity to hole up in my house and spend some quality time writing. Well, guess what. My teaching situation has changed. As of Monday, I will be teaching the rest of the semester from my study in my office. Shelly … More Be Careful What You Ask For
With all the gloom and doom around us, in an age when we are told to stay indoors and not socialize, it sounds like a good book could be a great friend. With this in mind, I decided this would be a great week to do some giveaways. So here they are: Today and tomorrow … More It’s Giveaway Week!