Encouragement, Faith, Family, Gratitude, Thanksgiving

How Do We Go Through Disappointments and Still Be Grateful?

In preparation for our Thanksgiving gathering, we moved the living room sofa out, rearranged the coffee table and other stuff and fit in three tables so we could be all together in one room. Halloween used to be one of the top holidays around my house until the kids grew up and moved out. Now, there… Continue reading How Do We Go Through Disappointments and Still Be Grateful?

Encouragement, Writing

When You Need a Kick in the Writing Butt

Half of August is gone and September is rolling into view. A lot of stressful events occurred in the last few weeks (life between the sheets of paper) but they aren't my stories to tell right now. They belong to my family but I can share some of my own more positive days. I'm deep… Continue reading When You Need a Kick in the Writing Butt

Encouragement, Writing

Feel the Hard Things, Focus and Write

Feel the hard things, focus and write. Sometimes you need a push, a big one, not a nudge. After a week of online writing classes, two (what was I thinking?), I felt drained, ready to throw the pen, shut the laptop down. I needed to get still for a day, shut out the noise on… Continue reading Feel the Hard Things, Focus and Write

Encouragement, Writing

How to Murder a Draft, Resurrect A Better Story

    Do you ever want to throw your work in progress away? Chuck the manuscript you've worked on for years? If you're a writer, you've been there and done that. The last few months I've taken writing classes with an editor, Toni Lopopolo and her assistant, Lisa Angle. We're a small group of writers… Continue reading How to Murder a Draft, Resurrect A Better Story