And the winner is ….

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Book Birthday 2018 Swag Bag Giveaway celebrating the 1st birthday (or 1-year anniversary of the publication of my book, How to Be a Good Mom (Or at Least Not an Epic Failure). The winner, selected at random through Rafflecopter, is … a Rafflecopter giveaway Kathy wins a paperback […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

15 Habits of Great Writers: Day 5 – Prepare AND a Giveaway!

On this day in the Series, Jeff talks about the difference between preparation and procrastination. The difference is action. Oh my goodness, it’s like he’s in my head! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been thinking about working on something, but not actually working on it, telling myself that I’m getting prepared. No, […]


15 Habits of Great Writers: Day 4 – Practice

I’ve been posting a day behind. Just saying that in my head is confusing, even more so by written word. See when I first decided to start the 15 Habits of Great Writers series, I did the first couple of days together. But, because I don’t typically post more than once per day on the […]

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 […]

Kidcation 2012 Part 2

So last week, I was all “to-do lists be damned”and was bound and determined to not to anything I didn’t want to do. This week, there’s been a fundamental shift in the universe and I’ve been all about marking things off that damned to-do list. I’ve been deadset on getting as much done as I […]

It’s Good To Have Goals

It’s good to have goals, right? The Girl (11yo) recently decided to become a vegetarian. Now for someone like me, who believes the definition of a “good meal” is a medium rare filet mignon (“Give it to us raw – and wriggling!”), this whole thing is odd to me. But I’m trying to be supportive. She and […]

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 […]