GIVEAWAY TIME! Enter to Win a Free Copy of How to Be a Good Mom

Want to win a FREE COPY of How to Be a Good Mom (Or at Least Not an Epic Failure)? Click here to enter the Amazon Giveaway to win a free paperback version of the book. No purchase necessary. Giveaway closes on June 27, 2017 at 11:59 pm (PDT).

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DC-Area Museums and Government Locales #dcchristmas

Continuing with our #dcchristmas trip … The Smithsonian Institution maintains 19 museums and galleries, plus the National Zoo, in the DC area. Thus, we knew before we even arrived that we’d barely make a dent in that number. The newly-opened Museum of African-American History and Culture was operating on a ticketing system while we were […]

Award-Winning! The Liebster Award

Well, I’m not sure I can pronounce the name correctly but thankfully no one can hear me on the Internet. This blog has been nominated for the Liebster Award! The Liebster Award, created in 2011, is given to bloggers by bloggers in order to welcome and/or promote the nominated blog. Fantasy author Timandra Whitecastle nominated […]

As Good As It Gets

I may need an intervention. Or a firm slap on the face. Warning: This post is full of whine. See, I’ve been a bit down lately. My best friend moved away on Friday. No more marathon lunches. No more hours spent at her kitchen table or on my couch with our laptops while the kids […]

Check Yourself, and Then Go Ahead and WRECK Yourself

Okay, all kidding and overdone lines aside, have you been WRECKED? That’s the question Jeff Goins asks in his book WRECKED out this week (August 1). And if you answer no, Jeff basically says, “Well, you should be.” WRECKED is about taking off the blinders we all walk around wearing. It’s about finally seeing what’s […]

More Obsessing Over Man of Steel

With all the talk of upcoming Comic-Con 2012, I’ve been going back and forth over being disgusted for not being able to go yet. another. year. and over being obsessed with finding the latest photos from Man of Steel (2013). My Superman obsession being no secret, I’ve mentioned before how much this movie excites and […]

15 Habits of Great Writers: Day 10 – Share AND Loads of Links!

Ugh. It’s so easy to get off point, isn’t it? I’ve been doing so well, blogging AND working on the BIG Project every day. Then, yesterday: nada. (Though I can’t really feel too bad, as I was spending some precious time with my soon-to-be-moving-out-of-state best friend). Anyway, time to focus again. Day 10’s habit is […]

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15 Habits of Great Writers: Day 6 – Steal

Today I read a couple of things that have been stirring in my brain. The first seems directly related to what Jeff talks about for Day 6 of the Great Writers Series – Steal. He talks about how writers shouldn’t be scared to borrow ideas – to ‘steal’ something to get inspired. Now, of course, […]

Taking a Day Off and GIVEAWAY Reminder

I’m intentionally taking a day off from Jeff Goins’ 15 Habits of Great Writers Series today. My baby boy is 5 today!!! And he’s already been into the fruit punch this morning (note the mustache)! Anyway, we’ve got a fun-filled day planned, continuing with VBS tonight. So, I’ll pick up with Day 6 tomorrow. In […]

I Love Fanfiction

Call me a nerd, but I love it. I love to read fanfiction, and, on occasion, I write it. So, what the heck is fanfiction? Just what it sounds like: it’s fans borrowing characters from TV shows, movies, and books, and playing with them for a little while. The characters’ “real” stories spark creativity in […]

Reviewing Silence, by Becca Fitzpatrick

For as much as I hyped this book in my mind and on this site, I was really disappointed with it. So much so, that I didn’t even review it when I first read it (in one sitting, the night of its release, October 4, 2011). Silence is the third installment in the Hush, Hush […]

Anticipating Silence

Silence, by Becca Fitzpatrick, the third novel of her series preceded by Hush, Hush and Crescendo (see reviews of those books here and here) is due out October 4th. Having just preordered my e-copy to be delivered to my Droid’s Kindle app on the release date, I felt a re-read was in order. I re-read […]

Weekend Wordsmith

Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam. Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the […]

Weekend Wordsmith

“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” -Guildenstern, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

I Need a New Toy

Ok, I don’t need one, but I’ve definitely got the itch for one, and the kid in me is yelling: “I have a birthday coming up!” Shortly after Christmas last year, I “discovered” that I could read Kindle books through an app on my Droid phone. I’d only had the phone for about 4 months […]