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 […]

Dan Kolbet's visiting today to talk about his new book!

I am super excited to welcome Dan Kolbet to the blog today to talk about his new book, Better Not Love Me. I had the pleasure of reading this book, as well as the book that came before it, Don’t Wait For Me. Dan is, in his own words, an accidental romance author who writes some amazing books. Today, he’s talking about Better Not Love […]

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? […]

Finding my routine after the new year

We rang in the new year, slept in on the first day of 2016, and took down the Christmas decorations on the second day of the year. The weekend was cold and rainy for us, so that meant it was also very lazy and relaxed. This, of course, means that today, I’m a little off-balance. It’s still rather chilly, although […]

The after-Christmas Irritation

I had a beautiful Christmas with my family. Everyone got many things they wanted, a few things they didn’t expect, and we all got time together, which is the best part of the holiday for me. One thing that I got was a video game that was, unfortunately, for a console I don’t own. Which was why I had to […]

Fantasy of romance vs reality

As an adult, I’ve had enough relationships to realize that they don’t all end in happy ever after, and that happy for the moment is the best we get sometimes. I’ve learned who I am, both in and out of a relationship, and that it’s important that I retain that knowledge and don’t let go of it in an attempt to hold on to a relationship that simply isn’t meant to be. I can support friends as they struggle to work out problems in a relationship, and lend a shoulder to cry on when they walk away, as well as smile happily at their weddings or the births of their children.