Summer is finally over!

Those are words I’ve never said before. I love summer. The long, lazy days. The swimming. The movies. The time with friends that isn’t restricted by needing to get school done. I have more time for writing, and just generally get more accomplished even while relaxing. Usually. This summer, though, was different. This summer was a very rough summer. And […]

Love and loss

This is my grandfather. Herb Miller is my father’s father, and he was the only grandfather I had for most of my life, as my mom’s dad died when I was only five. This grandpa died last month. Less than a month after I saw him for the last time, knowing that it was the last time I would ever […]

You say I'm unique like it's a bad thing!

I have a handful of friendships that have carried forward from my teenage and very early young adult years – people I’ve known since high school or the two years or so immediately after. One such friendship is with a man whom I’ve grown rather distant from in the last few years, as we have some extremely different views on […]

Mystery TV and movies

I read a wide variety of books – mysteries, thrillers, romance, history, and more. When it comes to TV and movies, I tend to watch what catches my fancy, which may or may not fit into a genre I read or ordinarily watch. I love watching a good mystery or thriller, though. I’m a huge fan of Criminal Minds, Elementary, […]

Keeping things in perspective

I didn’t write last week due to a family emergency. While the situation hasn’t really resolved, my involvement has lessened enough that I can mostly get back to life as usual. It was a good reminder of why I need to keep track of things like my word count, instead of just looking at how much I write on any […]

The fruits of my break

A couple of weeks ago, I took the day off completely and headed out to the Medieval Faire with my kids and my parents. We spent the day checking out the shows, the games, and the works of art in the form of jewelry, wax roses, weaponry, and more. We also ate some yummy food (my teen tried a deep […]

The best date I ever had

With Valentine’s Day coming up on Sunday, I was thinking about romance themed things I could write about this week. And I thought of this: the best date that I ever went on. First, let me tell you about the man who took me on this date. His name was Brian (or maybe he spelled it Bryan, I can’t remember […]

Mourning the death of a familiar stranger

(Photo Credit: Steve Alexander (originally posted to Flickr as Glenn Frey) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons) In recent days, we’ve lost famous names we all know: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Glenn Frey. Many of us have cried, or otherwise felt such deep sadness over their passing. Someone wondered why we mourn these people that we don’t know.  I think […]

Reading and exercising your brain

You may or may not realize this, but I’m a very introverted, shy person. I’m not comfortable in crowds, I don’t like being the center of attention (which is why I don’t have any video posts, although I am considering changing that), and given the choice, I’d rather stay home any day. Which is why reading is so vital to […]

Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge

As a writer, it’s probably pretty obvious that one of my biggest hobbies is reading. Last year, I participated in Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge. I set a goal of 75 books, and read 77. Because of that, I set my goal at 80 books this year. I wanted to challenge myself, of course. That is the point, after all, right? […]