Do They Know It's Christmas? We have a local radio station that switches to an all Christmas music format the last week of November. Despite having heard about a study recently that says listening to Christmas carols too early can reduce Christmas spirit, I decided to tune in at the beginning of December, in the… Continue reading I Won’t Be Home For Christmas
This year, I reached 104% of my NaNoWriMo goal, but that success didn't take a month. Based on my past experiences with the competition, I set myself to succeed when I set my word count on November 1, and thought about how I was going to work towards my goal. Set Yourself up for Success… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Reflections
Life can change in an instant. I know this all too well, but it turns out (contrary to my experiences in the last year or so) not every change is inherently bad. This is something that I had forgotten. In August, I accepted a position with my local school board to return to teaching in… Continue reading Will Work for Inspiration
Yesterday, my youngest went to kindergarten, for the whole day, on her own. As the youngest of three she has been counting the days since we enrolled her in February, so for her, yesterday couldn't come fast enough. She is beyond excited to be at school "with the big kids". In a lot of ways,… Continue reading Earning My Keep
How can something so small cause so much trouble? I am having flashbacks to my time as a new mum, and I don't like what I am remembering! I've been a mother for eleven years now- I am proud to call myself a seasoned veteran- and yet here I sit confessing to you that I… Continue reading Damn You Cesar Millan!
It is said the Inuit have many words for snow. I think we need to apply this to the rain we are so famous for here on the West Coast. Having lived on the "wet" coast for 8 years now, I have realized having just one word to describe the water that falls from the… Continue reading A Wetter Vocabulary
After another great season of merry making that followed quick on the heels of an epic Mexican vacation (and all the work that went into making both happen), I am at long last able to return to my writing. I am free of my obligations to my first job and can return to this exciting… Continue reading This Year we Write!
So, the last Twilight movie was released last weekend. The end of an era for Twihards everywhere. You're reaching for the kleenex now, I just know it! What is it about this story that is so compelling? It wasn't the writing in the books- all the authors I know count it as an amateur attempt… Continue reading Twilight Forever!
I am in a November state of mind today. The sky hangs bleak and grey as sheets of rain create frigid puddles on the pavement below. Trees stretch skeletal branches towards the suffocating clouds as we huddle indoors, all the lamps turned on to push against the too early darkness. I want to curl up… Continue reading November State of Mind
An old friend dropped by today. Maybe you've heard of him- his name is Procrastination. He shuffled into my house like the old man in the supermarket who slowly weaves in front of you down the dairy aisle, keeping you from reaching the meeting you have been dreading. He's a frustrating old codger- you want… Continue reading Life Gets in the Way