Nanowrimo starts this week and I’m preparing for it by lying on my couch with an entire blanket coiled around my neck. (My throat hurts and I’ve convinced myself that the blanket is a healing agent.) I have a mug of salted caramel tea steaming on top of my Star Trek: The Next Generation coaster,… Continue reading Nanowrimo 2019 – It’s a Mood
Writers, I challenge you to make submitting your work your 2019 resolution! Please, start with Lunch Ticket. - Jay
Today is Sunday - my favorite day of the week (until about 6pm, when it really sinks in that I have to report to work the next day). Don't get me wrong, I love Saturdays. Saturdays are wonderful, but often busy with errands, chores, and other responsibilities. Sundays are supposed to be chill: church, a… Continue reading Renewed and Ready?
A pastor once told me, "You don't want to change. You like the idea of change, but the truth is, change scares you." At the time of said declaration, I'd been praying to get married for several years. I knew I wanted a husband. I wanted a family. I thought the pastor had it wrong.… Continue reading Failing to Reap
The first quarter of 2018 is almost over. Unfortunately, I’m not surprised that I failed in my daily writing challenge. Meanwhile, my monthly MFA packet is due this weekend. I’m playing catch-up. I’m tired, I’m cranky and disappointed in myself for procrastinating once again. Today, I listened to a new podcast. It was called Forever… Continue reading Out With the Familiar
In December of 2018, if all goes as planned, I will have earned my MFA in Creative Writing. I’m excited about it. I’ll have finished something I didn’t know I wanted until God lead me to it. It’s hard work, but I know it’s worth the effort. The truth is, I’ve never felt this tired… Continue reading The Weight of Glory
I am not a full-time writer. Truth be told, most days I’m not even a part-time writer. Most days I’m a writer trapped in a full-time employee’s body. Most days by the time I get home from work I can’t imagine turning on my computer. I can’t imagine doing anything other than stare at Youtube.… Continue reading Untitled document
Over the next week, I hope to see a difference in my focus and work ethic.
Challenge yourself to work a little bit every day.
It’s only January 11th. Eleven days since 2018 started and I’m already out of energy. Seriously. I’m completely tapped out and I haven’t yet done anything. My excuses are somewhat comforting: I live in the Midwest and for anyone who hasn’t heard, it’s been cold. Really cold. Below zero cold. Curl-up-in-bed-with-a-book-as-soon-as-you-get-home-from-work cold. Nevermind-that-you’re-a-student-and-you-have-writing-to-do cold. Nevermind-your-dreams,… Continue reading January Check-In: Failing at Staying Energized