Stephen King – On Writing – Review

To say that this book [re]inspired me to write would be an understatement. I've been on the verge of a new creative journey for a while (a novel, I think, at last), and this work has been instrumental to that end. I think it helped me to realize that the "writer's club" isn't some snooty [...]

Locate the fossil

Knowing the story wasn't necessary for me to begin work. I had located the fossil; the rest, I knew, would consist of careful excavation. -Stephen King, On Writing This is wonderful and helpful. Sometimes I get so caught up on having everything outlined and figured out that I don't trust the process. If my idea [...]

Quarantine Day 24

Man... the days are really starting to blend together for me. While I have been keeping up with working out, getting myself to do work is becoming more of a challenge 😦 I don’t have a lot of creative juicing flowing at the moment and am lacking inspiration, which is so so frustrating to me [...]

First Snow?

It's February and I actually thought I had gotten away with not having a "real Winter." Oh well, it is beautiful. And my late wolf baby Luna (rescue pooch) loved the snow, so I guess I can't hate it too much. I feel like the second image from the top sort of reminds me of [...]

One BIG tip for dissertation

I received a compliment from my mentor the other day. He said that when talking with his other colleague my name came up and they both agreed that they enjoyed working with me/helping me along in my dissertation process ... because I do the work. Perplexed, I kind of didn't understand at first because... well, [...]

Sylvia Plath Quote Today

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. - Sylvia Plath I have to keep reminding myself of this when I get discouraged from my creative endeavors, especially writing. I used to [...]

Trauma and Shrinking

Let's just start by saying relational trauma is a thing. And it can make connecting with people especially hard. I realize that certain tendencies within myself are trauma responses. My tendency to clean when I'm anxious and don't feel well. Why do kids who grow up in unstable environments feel the need to be perfect [...]