Awesome is the New Judgment

If you’re visiting for the first time, you might notice my tagline says ‘Awesome Author of Imaginary Tales’. It says it on my business cards, too. Today, I want to talk about that word, ‘awesome’. No, I’m not entitled–at least I don’t think I am. Well, okay maybe, just a little. I believe if youContinue reading “Awesome is the New Judgment”

Why I Deleted Everything on My Pinterest Account

One of the first emails I saw this morning came from a mail autobot. It told me someone had left a comment on one of my pins over at Pinterest. This never happens. I get emails all the time about people re-pinning pins I’ve pinned, but never a comment. I opened it. It was from another Pinterest user, telling me IContinue reading “Why I Deleted Everything on My Pinterest Account”

What do a planet, an alien and a frog have in common?

They all lived in my head! Last week, I talked about how technology has infringed upon traditional methods of creativity and how we should remember to go back to pencils sometimes. I also shared some of my husband’s art work. You’ll remember I mentioned I am NOT an artist. To prove my claims, I’ve sharedContinue reading “What do a planet, an alien and a frog have in common?”

Words For Water

The other day I was strolling around Goodreads and ran across a post called Words For Water. In the wake of the Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon, the title caught my attention. I’m thrilled millions of dollars have been raised for ALS over the past few weeks, but to do so by throwing away something people desperatelyContinue reading “Words For Water”

An Indie Author’s Twitter Journey

At the beginning of May I created a Twitter account. Within that first week I gained 12 followers (maybe it was 11). When the confetti settled, I had no idea how to get more. I decided to stroll around the neighborhood and introduce myself. A few clicks later and I had followed some of  my favorite authors:Continue reading “An Indie Author’s Twitter Journey”

How Do You Decide Which Book to Read Next?

I shove Stieg Larsson’s book back on the shelf. I’m not really in the mood for such a dark read. That means Connie Willis and her Doomsday Book is out, too. Indecision wraps around me and the first touch of panic grips me. I start scanning the titles faster and faster, whispering to myself, ‘No . .Continue reading “How Do You Decide Which Book to Read Next?”

Are Books Dying?

According to this reading infographic from Common Sense Media, 75% of families have access to some type of e-reader, and yet 27% of 17-year-olds said they ‘never’ or ‘hardly ever’ read. 45% of 17-year-olds said they only read a book once or twice a year. According to this reading infographic from Raymond Geddes, 33% of allContinue reading “Are Books Dying?”

5 Ways to Tell if You Need a Theme Song

At the dinner table this past weekend, my son asked why Robin didn’t have a theme song. After a short discussion, he proceeded to steal Batman’s song and give it to Robin. Hey, why not? Everyone should have a theme song, right? It’s high time equality showed up for the sidekicks in our culture. WhyContinue reading “5 Ways to Tell if You Need a Theme Song”

Dying Empty

Last Thursday I ran across an amazing podcast from Joanna Penn and Todd Henry. It began with two little words: Die Empty. Contrary to the photo, it’s not as creepy as it sounds. What’s it all about? Turns out, the graveyard is the most valuable place in the world. Not the Louvre, a luxury hotel inContinue reading “Dying Empty”

Motorcycle Construction 101

My son loves building things. Come back tomorrow and there’s a 90% chance I’ll begin my post with ‘My son loves destroying things.’ And it’s true, my son loves building AND destroying things. I think destroying wins, hands down. There are broken bits all over the place. Lego hands keep popping up in the cereal box.Continue reading “Motorcycle Construction 101”