Why be bored?

This is about writing, so stay with me here... I'm Catholic and we just finished the season of Lent.  Lent is supposed to be a time of self-denial and people give up all sorts of things: meat, candy, beer, Facebook, etc.  This year I looked at my life and tried to see what was distracting … Continue reading Why be bored?


Update and Getting Motivated

  No matter what book on writing you read, every author emphasizes routine as a way to free creativity.  Making writing a habit makes the muse want to come out and dance a bit.  It's not that I doubted the truth of this statement, but I gave myself so many excuses to not make time … Continue reading Update and Getting Motivated

Grab the Comics, Willya?

I learned how to read from the comics page.  My father would sit me next to him on the couch after work and read the strips with me, top to bottom (even the ones I just didn't get, like Doonesbury.)  My first big collection was Garfield.  I started asking for them for birthdays and Christmases … Continue reading Grab the Comics, Willya?


Planning a Writing Staycation

In real life, in my real job, I have no classes to teach next week, no papers to grade, and no office hours to attend, but I still have day care for my kids and I intend to make the most of it (on at least a few of the days-- have to enjoy my … Continue reading Planning a Writing Staycation


Taking Notes

I hate those moments when I'm out walking, or washing the dishes, or doing my day job and an idea hits with no pen and paper handy.  I try to carry the idea with me until I can get to a notebook, feeling like a debutante balancing a dictionary on her head. Worse are the … Continue reading Taking Notes