The first 100 pages: Klara and the Sun

Maybe it was something different and in this constant dumpster fire, pandemic-weary existence, I needed to remind myself, and my writing-self, that reading could be fun. That getting lost in a book is a simple pleasure that can not be taken away. Regardless of what brought me into the book, I'm glad it did. So much so that I'm doing something that I've never done before. I'm going to review the book 100 pages in.

Life update — Where to now?

Dear Reader, Yes, I am still alive and very much still breathing. It has been months since I last typed out a new blog post. And, even over at my Medium, the last post was posted on August 11 and it took all summer to write. The question is what is going on with me … Continue reading Life update — Where to now?

One year on…

“Go,” my doctor said. “Have a good time.”

She must have known what was coming. She must have known this would be the last time I’d be able to travel and have that freedom that keeps my anxiety at bay. She must have known the exposure to this would heighten with each passing month. She must have known that this is what I would need to hold on to until the end of the pandemic times.

Looking forward. Running toward

Dear Reader,  It is a CRIME that I haven’t written on this blog one time this year.  It’s a crime that you haven’t heard from me and that I haven’t asked how you’re doing.  So I’m correcting all that now. How are you? Me? I’m like a puppy swimming for the first time — I’m … Continue reading Looking forward. Running toward

The separate identity I had for years

Dear Reader, I was taking a break on social media, as I do, when a Twitter friend who also happens to be a journalist wrote how hard it was to write when she'd been reporting all day. That tweet took me back to Wichita, Kansas and to Shreveport, Louisiana. Circa 2005 and 2008 respectively. These … Continue reading The separate identity I had for years

Even a broken clock is right twice a day…

Dear Reader, I'm doing something I haven't done in a long time. I'm taking a fiction writing class. This may sound a bit like trying to reinvent the wheel. Yes, I do have an entire master's degree in fiction writing. They why would I take a fiction writing class? Before I answer that question let … Continue reading Even a broken clock is right twice a day…

What I’ve learned about happiness so far

Dear Reader, I've been doing research for my next writing class -- the Happiness Practice. It's my most ambitious creative writing class yet! Not only am I creating prompts and the creative writing materials, I'm also based it on something that, I think, people want -- to be happy. I've been reading some materials lately. … Continue reading What I’ve learned about happiness so far

Getting jazzed about the podcast

Dear Reader, I am currently recording episodes for the second season of the Dear Reader podcast. I know that I have talked about the process of podcasting and how much work it is. But as I work on this season, and conduct the interview with the writers who will be on the show, I am … Continue reading Getting jazzed about the podcast

Build: How is my word of the year going so far?

Dear Reader, 2020. What a year. And it's only July. I'm expecting another Biblical event happening any day now. I mean, it IS hurricane season and what's to stop this crazy year from unleashing something we didn't expect? Like the Bubonic Plague. Yes, this year has been a dumpster fire for just about everyone, me … Continue reading Build: How is my word of the year going so far?