Why I Chose A Summer Uniform

Before I had kids, I would have scoffed at the idea of wearing a uniform. One of my favorite things to do was choose my outfit for the day. I often planned them out the night before, taking into account the weather, the image I wanted to project, and the amount of travel I’d be putting on my shoes. I loved to shop, too. I’d spend hours wandering around malls and outlets, buying random things... read more

Quote/Discussion: Do Our Choices Make Us Who We Are?

“We all create the person we become by our choices as we go through life.” -Eleanor Roosevelt Do you think that’s true? Do our choices shape the person we become, or does the person we already are dictate our choices? Does it work from the outside in, or the inside out? I’m not sure, myself. Who we are dictates what we do. But it takes a lifetime to truly know ourselves well, and... read more

What’s Making Me Happy In May: Nostalgia, Book Clubs

This month, I’m into… Nostalgia podcasts. I’ve been listening to The Babysitters Club Club (that second “club” is not a typo) for awhile, but I only recently discovered that’s it’s part of a whole realm of nostalgia podcasts in which the hosts dissect past books and television shows. My new favorite is The West Wing Weekly, in which the hosts dive into one West... read more

Writing Process: 7 Productivity Boosters

Draft 2 of Blizzard, my novel set during the Blizzard of 1888, turned into something of a beast: it was a complete re-write that took very little material from the first draft. I worked almost exclusively on it from mid-January to mid-May. Along the way, I adapted my writing process and learned some new tricks to help myself work better and faster. It should be noted that these process tweaks are only... read more

100 Books: Winter/Spring Favorites

In 2016, I read just over 90 new books. I decided to set a goal for 100 books in 2017, knowing that I’d be home with the baby for much of the year, nursing with Kindle in hand or taking walks with my Audible app. 100 books is a true challenge, and I’m not sure I’m going to make it, but I’m giving it my best. I’m at 40 right now, which is pretty close to par, but I’ll... read more

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