A Day at the Vasa

On August 10, 1628, the Vasa, the crown jewel of the Swedish Navy, made her maiden voyage. She got a grand total of about 1300 meters before she keeled over. For those of you who like comparisons, that’s about the same distance as four and a half Eiffel Towers or five New York City blocks.Continue reading “A Day at the Vasa”

Coffee Tastes Better Than Hate

  My Facebook feed feels like a battleground. Can we all try to remember that if we say hateful things about people who disagree with us (you or me, Christians or homosexuals), we haven’t grown much as a people and love hasn’t won? Try to celebrate, or make your point, without putting others down, callingContinue reading “Coffee Tastes Better Than Hate”

Why Do I Write?

I’ve seen this question asked, and answered, about a hundred times. I’m always curious to discover what motivates other people. I’ve laughed when I read the responses. Like Natalie Goldman who answers, ‘Because I’m a jerk.’ (She has a host of other reasons, but for some reason this one made me laugh. Perhaps because IContinue reading “Why Do I Write?”

Crooked Things

Most people like symmetry. Balance. Things that line up together. Not me. Give me crooked any day. A crooked car would be difficult to drive. But a crooked house, as long as it had a stable foundation, would be awesome! Crooked art. Asymmetrically designed furniture. Uneven earrings. These are things worth talking about, worth noticingContinue reading “Crooked Things”

A Short Look at Agendas

The past few months have been interesting. I’ve stuck to my plan, for the most part. But the plan changed. I knew it would. The plan always changes. It grows bigger. Curves down unexpected paths, and the chance to find honeysuckles or weeds is probably equal. If I’m lucky the path leads to an excitingContinue reading “A Short Look at Agendas”

My writing group celebrates 20 years!

Last year I accomplished a lot in my writing world. I finished and self-published my first fantasy novel, Ashborne. I published my first short story, Orbital Extraction. I applied to a grant program. I took several courses related to the craft of writing, including a screenwriting course I never thought I’d take. I created aContinue reading “My writing group celebrates 20 years!”

They say a picture is worth a thousand words . . .

I say a picture is worth a million words, especially if it falls under one of these categories: Spontaneous life. In-the-moment happiness, goofiness, and all-around surprise. Nothing beats these photographs. They are so much better than the other ones. You know which ones I’m talking about. Those where we pose our kids like wooden dollsContinue reading “They say a picture is worth a thousand words . . .”

A new job, a new city – well, sort of.

I’ve always believed 2015 was going to be a great year. Based on what’s happening so far, I need to listen to my premonitions more often. First, and probably the most important news, my husband was recruited for a new job! For him, it’s a mixed bag of feelings. He’s sad to leave his employees atContinue reading “A new job, a new city – well, sort of.”

Rekindle your friendship with quiet in three easy steps

I have no idea how I function some days. Every second hundreds of tweets flash by and dozens of Facebook posts pop up. My email is flooded with messages, spam, promotions I don’t remember signing up for, status updates for websites I haven’t visited in over two years, Google+ updates, Goodreads updates, library updates, literary magazinesContinue reading “Rekindle your friendship with quiet in three easy steps”

The power of 750 words

I first heard about the power of writing 750 words a day while attending the University of Iowa’s MOOC last fall. A forum post popped up asking who else used the site and I didn’t think anything about it. I write as much as I can when I can. I’m spastic enough as it is,Continue reading “The power of 750 words”