Short Story: A Blessing And A Curse

It was meant as a blessing, but it was far from it. My parents meant well.  They loved their “darling daughter” and wished to make her life better than their own.  They did not have much.  My father was a laborer, my mother a seamstress whenever she could get work.   They saved every penny so…

The Art of Listening

Have you ever spoken to a child and, as they talk, they have a long pause between words or ideas? I’ve seen two main reactions to this.  One, there’s an impatience that happens.  Either for the kid to finish up because you know what they are going to say anyway, you want to quit being…

Drained, But Doing It Anyway

I don’t feel like writing today.  Like at all.  That is an odd thing for me since I’m pretty geared up to write most of the time. I am an introvert, which means I recharge when I am by myself.  The holidays, having the kids home, visitors, etc is all catching up to me.  I…

One Million Words 2020 Challenge

One Million Word Challenge 2020 has commenced! One of the best decisions I ever made was two years ago deciding to attend my first writers conference.  That conference gave me information on more conferences.  My first LTUE (Life the Universe and Everything) conference was in February of 2018.  Who knew that such a decision would…

Overwatch League-When a non-gamer gets invested

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a gamer.  I live with gamers, but I’m not one.   My husband, Tod, and four kids are huge Overwatch fans.  The three oldest play with their father while the youngest watches, eager for the day that he too can take his ranks among them.  It is great bonding time…

Keeping It Short

Yes, I do deliberately keep my blog posts short.  You are busy.  I’ll cut to the chase, hopefully give you something to think about, and you can get back to your day without too much of a delay. This might be a new record. You’re welcome.     Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

Fresh Prince on Friendship

Will Smith did this awesome video about evaluating who your friends are.  It is so important for everyone, particularly young people as they learn to navigate the world.  I’ve been talking to my kids a lot about this over the last year.  Each of them has had situations where they needed to examine aspects of…

Hands on History

I had a fun opportunity a couple weeks ago to attend a field trip with my fourth grader.  This year in school they learned about the pioneers.  We live in Utah and the pioneers who settled here are a big deal.  They overcame a lot and are an example of perseverance and hard work. The…

LeVar Burton Lecture

The Power of Storytelling.  That was the title of the lecture LeVar Burton gave at Utah Valley University on May 16th.  I was eager to hear his words and get re-energized about my chosen craft. As I waited with my friends for the lecture to start, the atmosphere was one of anticipation.  Excitement seemed to…

The Joy of Editing

I used to despise editing.  In my mind I separated it from writing.  Putting something down on paper for the first time is fun.  The thrill of not even knowing yourself what will happen next!  The feeling of inspiration. I edited anyways, but in hind sight I see that — in the beginning — I often did bare…

Don’t Be A Warm Body

Tonight I am remembering a piece of advice that I will always be grateful for. My husband, youngest daughter, and I went to a book signing for Brandon Sanderson. My husband, Tod, asked him, “What can I do to help support my wife in her writing?” Brandon told him to give me at least four…

Hand Adventures Part 2

With all my hand/wrist/elbow problems I figured I could share a few things that I’ve done to help minimize pain. Some of these things I wish I thought of before. I have no doubt I wouldn’t have ended up with a problem so quickly if I had been mindful.  So, perhaps reading this will help…