Weekend retreat

The idea of coming together with other writers -- some friends, some strangers -- for an entire weekend away from the stressful realities of life felt both exhilarating and terrifying. It is something I need: space to think, to read, to write, without distractions and in a place that promised inspiring scenery. At home, I... Continue Reading →

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Summer book report

Ah, the lazy days of summer, the perfect time to curl up in the sun on your favorite lounge chair and get lost in the pages of a good book. I'll admit there weren't nearly enough of those moments this past summer, but I managed to devour a handful of delicious reads. Here are a... Continue Reading →

Then and now

My high school reunion is this weekend. 25 years. A quarter of a century. A long, long time ago in a place right around the corner from where I now live. (Apparently you CAN go home again.) Hubs and I had fun at my 20th. We drank, we mingled, some pranksters switched their senior photo... Continue Reading →

Happy Camper

I love camping. Fresh air, campfires, afternoon naps in the sun. The blissful escape from routine. Back in the days before kids, hubs and I camped all over the state. We weren’t very adept when we started out—on our first trip we forgot pillows and other essentials and had to drive to a nearby mega... Continue Reading →

Accept the Mission

Monday after my favorite annual conference: I AM EXTREMELY PUMPED TO DO ALL THE WRITERLY THINGS!! Also: SO MUCH LAUNDRY!! This year's Pennwriters Conference theme was Mission Possible. I drove down with one of my writer friends and we had an amazing weekend. We hung out with other writer friends, made new connections, and learned... Continue Reading →

Cheerleader for a month

Back in December, I decided to help out an online writing community by volunteering to be the January hashtag leader. Let me back up. Sometime last year I discovered the monthly writing challenge on Twitter; each day you try to write at least 500 words or edit for an hour, then enter your stats on... Continue Reading →

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