Good Things Jar Celebrates Happy Moments

It feels like yesterday the sun lit up the entire day and we were wondering whether to hit the beach or not. Then BAM! A few grey months drifted past, Christmas came and now I’m looking outside the window at a brand new year. Like most humans on the planet, I do look back at the good things,Continue reading “Good Things Jar Celebrates Happy Moments”

The Importance of Traditions

If ten years ago you had told me I’d be living in Sweden in 2014, waiting for the snow to arrive on a chilly December day, I’d have called you crazy. I would have also been wrong. As I stare at our tree, I get the feeling the year sort of zoomed past without meContinue reading “The Importance of Traditions”

Digging through Memories

I’ve been thinking a lot about memories lately. Not only how they’re formed, but what triggers them. How much time needs to pass before a moment in time becomes a memory? I suppose the literal answer is a moment. But I disagree. Some things need time. Snuggled up within the past, or perhaps hidden, hopingContinue reading “Digging through Memories”

We were so different

She was eight years older than me. A gap that large creates a lot of distance between two people. We went to different schools, had different interests, and hung out with different friends. Sometimes we even lived in different houses. We were nothing alike. She was the practical one. I was the one who lived inContinue reading “We were so different”

Committing to NaNoWriMo

Last week I signed up for National Novel Writing Month. Yay!! My first year! So exciting! I had it all planned out, too. The final week of October, I’d finish up an editing contract. During the evenings, I’d work out the major plot points for the novel I planned to write. My blog post and University of Iowa’sContinue reading “Committing to NaNoWriMo”

Three Authors and a Ghost

I couldn’t sleep last night. Nothing new there, I can’t sleep most nights. That’s a lie. Obviously I can sleep, only it takes a while. My brain constantly works. It doesn’t know when to shut down. Every night I close my eyes and hear an internal monologue that goes something like this: Good lunch today .Continue reading “Three Authors and a Ghost”

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”