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  • Literally

    July 7, 2020 by

    SM is all about Top ‘??’ lists. I’m terrible at narrowing anything down and all of these lists are the broadest realities you could ever be asked. What’s your favorite word? Ice cream? Golden Girls? (BTW, that last one is Rose. Maybe Blanche. I dunno Sophia.) The only way I could answer any of these… Read more

  • It’s a Process

    July 6, 2020 by

    I have some ideas for blog posts after I finish my rewrite. This story has taken on a life of its own. The more I think about it the more I realize if I hadn’t invested money in it I would have written it off as one of my lesser attempts and moved on to… Read more

  • DIY

    July 5, 2020 by

    I’ve been working on a list of To Do’s for around the house when we get back. I’m too cheap to pay a painter so I think I’m going to tackle painting the upstairs myself, in my free time, between 1-2am. I painted my room and the kids rooms about a year ago but ran… Read more

  • Yankee Doodle Dandy

    July 4, 2020 by

    I know it’s not popular to be patriotic. I know this country is steeped in centuries of ignorant, violent, dangerous outlooks and behavior. So this isn’t gong to be an ‘I know this but…’ set up. It is what it is and I hope we are on a path to fundamental change. Our country is… Read more

  • ICQ over DSL later?

    July 3, 2020 by

    Our cabin is struggling this year with connectivity.  It happens, mountain problems.  If we were here for a week no biggie but when you’ve moved operations of your tech company for a few months it’s a big deal that your download rate is .07 and upload .06.  Don’t even ask about sending a text or… Read more

  • Lightning Bug

    July 2, 2020 by

    I grew up calling them fireflies.  It’s the eternal pop vs soda debate. When I got to college in Boulder, in spite of all the times I skied out in Colorado, I was made aware that fizzy drinks were called pop.  Lol. Ok. People had full on debates, dare I say fights, about this.  What… Read more

  • Skin Deep

    July 1, 2020 by

    Let’s stir the controversy pot today. I’m caramel colored, so to speak.  Or café au lait to embrace my NOLA roots. I’ve never had a problem with this description of my coloring or other food related metaphors. Not long ago, I was made aware that this type of description is frowned upon and considered racist… Read more

  • Napoleon Complex

    June 30, 2020 by

    You’ve heard a decent bit about my one little rescue diva hot mess.  But I have another rescue dog.  This one is not pure bred like the girl though they told us he was. It doesn’t matter that’s not why we get dogs. He also fits right in with our crazy. We are all convinced… Read more

  • Poppolio-M

    June 29, 2020 by

    A few years ago I took a hike with my youngest. My oldest was at sleepaway camp and my SO was working. So I grabbed my little gamer and said enough screens let’s go for a long walk and we did. We got a bit lost and went a smidgen longer than I intended but… Read more

  • Summer Reading

    June 28, 2020 by

    I’m a reader. Duh, right? I don’t read one kind of genre. I read everything from the literary hard to read, harder to understand, to the caveman laugh out loud where did you find this man romance novels and everything in between. I like it all. And if you want to know something I like… Read more

  • Looking Back

    June 27, 2020 by

    I’m dialing it in again again for creative writing Saturday and pulling an excerpt from Falling Slowly. This was one of my for older young adults, YA romances. It was the first book where I switched POV 1/2 through. For some reason the male voice kept having things to say so at a pivotal point… Read more

  • Seasonal Disorder

    June 26, 2020 by

    I only like the rain at night when I’m going to sleep. Or on a lazy day where I really don’t have anything pressing to do and I can stay in my pajamas all day with my hair in a messy Pebble’s bun. Otherwise, rain is a drag. I hate trying to get to work… Read more

  • Island Time

    June 25, 2020 by

    I’ve been taking naps. This is not my natural state of being. During the rest of the year I am on like the Energizer Bunny. It’s exhausting for everyone around me. But when I hit the island or the mountains my body suddenly shifts to this time. We call it Island Time in that it… Read more

  • Netflix and Chill

    June 24, 2020 by

    One of my mom friends is my link to all the TV that I need to see. Well I have two friends who keep me in the know but I hear from the one more often. The other one will drop her knowledge on our occasional roller blade sessions. But the first mom is always… Read more

  • SEO

    June 23, 2020 by

    I started this blog as an homage to one of my other favorite blogs that I try to read every day, Seth Godin’s. I was turned on to Seth’s blog by my SO. I knew if I was going to tackle something as ambition as a daily blog his was the model to fashion. It’s… Read more

  • Cover and Weave

    June 22, 2020 by

    I wrote a post on SM warfare a few days ago and in between I had a random response to one of my post that looked like the beginning of a ‘fight’. I haven’t had many people do this and it’s comical that the few times it has happened it has been on a silly,… Read more

  • Dads

    June 21, 2020 by

    My dad passed away a few years ago. It was as hard as you might imagine even though his quality of life had plummeted and there was some mercy in his passing. Losing a parent is never easy I think. Good or bad they have a formative hand in the shaping of us and their… Read more

  • Rough Draft

    June 20, 2020 by

    Ok, I’m neck deep rewriting and I’m trying to funnel my limited resources of talent so here’s a game instead of me trying to tap out my tired brain for new content. I had a different beginning to my new story but after talking with my editor and admitting the story needed a good deal… Read more

  • Standing Applause

    June 19, 2020 by

    There is a decent amount of ego in writing, or any of the arts, but I’m a writer so we’ll focus on that. We all want the recognition that our words informed or entertained or both. We want to hear from others how our words link together with elegant aplomb to change their lives. We… Read more

  • Creole

    June 18, 2020 by

    I grew up in New Orleans and Creole means many things there. It means delicious food that I miss and can’t seem to find anywhere but there. It means a culture of music and liveliness to make you envious while you eat your proper meals with polite discourse. It also means a person of mixed… Read more

  • Writing Tools

    June 17, 2020 by

    I see people talking about the many different tools they use for writing. I know I’m amateur hour but I use Word, for just about everything. I may open the notepad to take some notes. Occasionally I’ll fire up an Excel sheet to keep track of my characters and story time lines. Old school works… Read more

  • Due North

    June 16, 2020 by

    I have a friend who would give you the shirt off her back and insist that she didn’t need it.  She would convince you somehow that it was ok to take it. And she wouldn’t be doing it as an act of martyrdom or with a jar of marbles counting her good deeds to yours.… Read more

  • Calamity Jane

    June 15, 2020 by

    First big hike of the season and I biffed it hard. I could lie to you and make you believe this is a one off fluke but let’s be honest. It isn’t. I’m chronically accident prone. My youngest child tends to try to catch balls with their face and they got that skill from me.… Read more

  • Top of the World

    June 14, 2020 by

    I took a walk to the sky yesterday. It cleared my mind like it always does leaving me with a focus that I struggle to maintain for the remaining days of the year when I can’t do this. I used to think I was the only one who’s mind was so restless and so confused… Read more

  • Summer Showers

    June 13, 2020 by

    Creative Writing Prompt: Rain Going with poetry this time. I only have the attention span for short poems so I’ll do a few different styles. Sijo: Icy rain like shards of glass pelt my skin with tiny cuts Freezing winds slice through my soul and leave me bare, lost, unwhole A kiss of barren hope… Read more

  • Make Love Not War

    June 12, 2020 by

    There seems to come on Twitter and FB cycles of war. (I’m not on any of the other ones and I’m not really on FB anymore. It’s been months since I logged in.) Sometimes these wars are in tandem with provocative current events. Sometimes they are out of left field like WTF got up this… Read more

  • Coffee

    June 11, 2020 by

    Coffee in the wee hours of the morning makes me happy. I get up early so I can have a few free minutes before everyone is around me asking for my time. Sometimes if I’m motivated I go to bootcamp. Lately not so much. But my favorite early mornings are a silent house and coffee.… Read more

  • 1st in Class

    June 10, 2020 by

    Last weekend I competed with my guy for the first time. If you don’t know, I ride horses. I can’t call it my happy space because that’s a gross understatement of my feelings for the time I spend in this activity. But it does make me very happy. I guess you can say my guy… Read more

  • Mixer

    June 9, 2020 by

    My SO has become a mixologist in recent weeks after watching a Masterclass of a couple bartenders. I forget their names. Anyway, these days I get met with mid week Cosmos or Mojitos and the like. The Cosmo is off the chart. I think they’re trying to get me drunk and after 20 years it’s… Read more

  • Charging Station

    June 8, 2020 by

    It’s time to recharge. I’m pretty parched right now and like always with me I got there not even realizing I had struck dry ground and was trying to drink sand. I’m heading to one of my favorite places on Earth and I plan on writing, walking in nature and forgetting the world for a… Read more

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