Friday, July 12, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things-July 12, 2019


It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

I'm sorry I didn't post last Friday. It was a busy week. We had Independence Day celebrations to attend. My husband also had a birthday last weekend, as well. I baked him a funfetti cake. Yes, my husband's favorite type of cake is funfetti, and it turned out delicious.

The whole family has been dealing with an annoying cold this week, but the good news is that we're all recovering well. The kids certainly haven't let it take away from their summer fun.

I had a bit of inspiration this week, and that resulted in me writing a short story. I've been struggling with writer's block for months, so it felt great to write something and enjoy the process of it again.

What would you like to celebrate?

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Insecure Writer's Support Group-July 3, 2019


It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time to convene another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group! Alex J. Cavanaugh has assembled another wonderful group of co-hosts: Erika Beebe, Natalie Aguirre, Jennifer Lane, MJ Fifield, Lisa Buie-Collard, and Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor.

Be sure to check out the IWSG website for great writerly resources!

The optional question for this month is: What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?

While I try not to make any of my characters into carbon copies of me, I can't help but sprinkle certain aspects of my personality into them every once in awhile. I tend to write about introverts a lot. I also enjoy writing stories about creative types like writers and artists. Maybe that's because writing about other people engaging in the creative process helps me understand how my own creativity works. It helps me relate to my characters.

What personal traits have you written into your character(s)?


Friday, June 28, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things-June 28, 2019



It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

I'd like to start by wishing a Happy Independence Day to those of you who live in the United States. My boys are excited to see the fireworks.

I'm also celebrating the fact that my husband has the next week off of work. While we don't have any fancy plans, it'll be nice to spend some time together as a family.

Lastly, I'd like to celebrate the fact that I recently discovered that one of those little free libraries has been installed in our neighborhood. If you don't know what those are, you can read about them here. While our town also has a wonderful public library, there's always room for more libraries large and small, right?

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, June 21, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things-June 21, 2019


It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

Daisy is growing like a weed. Since her birth a little over a month ago, she has gained two pounds and grown two inches. She's also sleeping up to six hours straight during the night, which has allowed us all to get some much needed rest ourselves. That's certainly a cause for celebration!

I'm also celebrating the fact that my boys voluntarily decided to clean their room. I usually have to pester them to do it. It's a small victory, but I'll take it. I can only hope this happens again sometime in the future.

Now that life is settling into a routine, I'm working on my writing again. I haven't been able to do a lot, but I'm just glad to be doing it at all.

What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, June 14, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things-June 14, 2019


It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

I'm celebrating good health this week. Jude is still doing well after his mysterious illness, and Daisy is also healthy. Fingers crossed that we don't have any more sickness for a good long while.

Daisy is going to be one month old tomorrow. I can hardly believe it's already been that long. She's eating well and growing fast. She's also been sleeping pretty well at night, so I'm grateful for that.

Finally, I'd like to celebrate the fact that my children have such a great father. It is Father's Day this weekend, after all, so it seems like an appropriate time. I'd also like to wish a Happy Father's Day to all the other dads out there.


What would you like to celebrate?

Friday, June 7, 2019

Celebrate the Small Things-June 7, 2019


It's Friday! Let's Celebrate the Small Things with Lexa Cain! I am her co-host.

I'm going to start out by celebrating good health. As many of you who visit my blog regularly may know, my newborn baby Daisy fell ill with pneumonia shortly after birth. Then, just last week, my oldest son Jude fell ill with a mysterious rash. That, along with other symptoms, landed him in the hospital. Fortunately, both of them are now healthy again. Daisy has been thriving at home for the last two weeks, and my son seems to be back to his normal self. He even got to return to school for the last two days of the school year. He was thrilled that he could finish the school year with his friends.

My husband and I celebrated our twelve year wedding anniversary earlier this week. In fact, my son got out of the hospital on our anniversary. That was by far the best gift we could have received. We happily spent a quiet evening at home with our family to celebrate.

Finally, I'm celebrating a beautiful weekend weather forecast. Hopefully we can make the most of it.

What would you like to celebrate?

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Insecure Writer's Support Group-June 2019


It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time for another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group. Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has gathered another wonderful cohort of co-hosts: Diane Burton, Kim Lajevardi, Sylvia Ney, Sarah Foster, Jennifer Hawes, and Madeline Mora-Summonte.

Be sure to check out the IWSG website for great writerly resources!

This has been a crazy few weeks for me. Since the last IWSG posting, I had a baby. That alone would be enough to make life feel chaotic. Unfortunately, we also had a few health-related problems in our family. First of all, my newborn daughter had to spend a week in the NICU due to her catching pneumonia. Then, after we'd all been home for a few days, my oldest son started to get sick with a mysterious illness. He broke out in a full body rash and couldn't keep any food down. It got so bad he had to be hospitalized for it. The good news is that he's home now, but all of that has left me feeling emotionally drained.

With all of that going on, I don't feel like a writer right now. Every time I try to sit down to write something, I feel tired. My brain doesn't want to cooperate. The thought of composing a story is overwhelming, and an irrational part of me fears that I will always feel this way. I keep trying to tell myself that this is temporary. A lot has happened in a short amount of time, and I need to give myself time to work through it all. I understand that, but I still can't banish that insecurity.

Hopefully I'll work through it all soon.

Now, let's move on to the optional question for this month: Of all the genres you read and write, which is your favorite to write in and why?

Science fiction is my favorite to write. I love looking into the future and wondering where humanity will end up. I like thinking about what it means to be human and how that concept might change over time. There are limitless possibilities in science fiction, and I love that. Your story can be set anywhere and at any time. You can write science fiction to think about the tough questions life throws at you. You can also write it as an escape from real life. That versatility makes it exciting and rewarding.

What's your favorite genre to write?