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2017: whatever doesn’t kill you

2017: whatever doesn’t kill you

I’m not going to talk about how I didn’t post to this blog at all in 2017, lol! 2016 left me feeling battered and hopeless. I might have even thought of 2017 as being awful, if you asked for a first impression. Coming off the […]

2016, so long sucker!

2016, so long sucker!

Please do let the door hit you on the way out! But 2016 was not all bad. Here were my favorite memories and accomplishments from the WORST YEAR EVER. 32 inches and still coming down for a few more hours. At least nobody seems to […]

Trail Ridge Road, Colorado: Leila’s roadtrip and mine

Trail Ridge Road, Colorado: Leila’s roadtrip and mine

Most of the middle of our country is flatter than you can even believe. Like Leila, I grew up in Michigan and for the first 29 years of my life, hardly left it except one spring break trip to Florida. Even on that spring break […]

the quiet corners, an excerpt

the quiet corners, an excerpt

I have said that this book was “coming soon” for so long that I’m sure most of my readers have forgotten I was ever writing a book at all! But I mean it this time. It’s coming soon! 😀  I’m just tweaking a few final […]

I want to remember this day

I want to remember this day

– finished a story chapter, posted it on my blog – 12,143 steps – walking with my boys by the water – a cool breeze and cloudy sky – people fishing on the Potomac River – Dylan on the playground, spinning, laughing, being nine – […]

I should post something here

I should post something here

Ohio does not believe it’s April yet. Virginia doesn’t, either, since we had snow just a couple of days ago. And I certainly can’t believe it’s April because I don’t know where the months went or how it’s four months into 2016 already, but I […]

are you afraid of heights?

are you afraid of heights?

I have gotten into the bad habit of not blogging these past few years. Not blogging non-fiction, specifically, because I still post my silly sim stories all the time. But here, I’ll begin to write something, and then stop because it sounds stupid, or it’s […]

book covers for all the sleeping stories

book covers for all the sleeping stories

I have begun a lot of stories in my time as a writer, and very few of them have ever come out the other side as finished, published books. Most of that is on me. As an indie author, I’m the only one stopping those […]

week 1/52: fire in the sky at the end of the world

week 1/52: fire in the sky at the end of the world

It is still January for another week or so, and thus, it is still the beginning of the year and not too late to start a new 52-weeks project. 2015’s project is not exactly a photo project, nor is it a blogging project, though both […]

All the Other Boys, a short story

All the Other Boys, a short story

New Short Story, Now Available!!! Amazon US, UK, CA Smashwords Nook Apple iBooks   A kooky and hopeless young woman recounts the spectacularly awful rise and fall of her first real relationship. Spanning five years of earnest loyalty to this young man, she discovers the truth about sex, […]