NaNoWriMo – It’s For Everyone

It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).  Most of my friends aren’t writers.  Not in the sense of “let me sit down and write a 50,000 word novel in a month.”  I get that. However, NaNoWriMo to me is simply about writing.  Getting thoughts down on paper.  Yes, technically it’s a goal of getting a full…

A Non-Gamer’s Perspective On Games

I have seen and heard the disdain  from some peers about games/gamers.  For contrast I give you this… I sat and watch my eleven year old daughter play a level in a game.  She played and failed. Then failed again and again and again.  At one point I asked her if she was getting frustrated…

Sacrifice

  Quite a few years ago I sat in my living room and watched a conversation unfold.  A friend was looking into a possible job opportunity and wanted my husband’s input on the matter. It was one of those “get rich quick”deals.  He said, “Pretend I have a million dollars and I’m willing to give…

Clearing the Mind and Procrastination

Do laundry you’re behind on.  Call the dentist.  Respond to that important email. These are the kinds of things that give me that itch of the mind.  You know what I’m talking about.  That nagging feeling that happens even though no one has said anything to you.  It is you nagging yourself. When this happens there’s…

Not Being Creepy

I keep experiencing the same scenario. I’m out doing things.  I’m at the store, school, doctors office – the location varies – and I see someone. They stand out to me for one reason or another.  Some times it is because their heritage is apparent.  Some times it is because they have a different look that…

Rejecting my “Rejection” Post

Let me be extra real with you.  I’ve been having a hard time lately.  The past week in particular being a highlight.  My enthusiasm for life dwindled more than just a little bit.  However, I felt an urgency to get another post written. I didn’t want to be one of those people who abandons their…

Rejection

Rejection.  It is everywhere.  It is part of the human experience.  It’s in relationships – with all its various forms. The kid on the playground told she can’t play. The person who braved asking someone out and got a no. The parent who deserted their family and everyone who is left questions “was it because of…

A Killer of Craft

I would dare say that one of the major killers of writers, or any craft, is television.  It’s so seductive.  Clearly it is better to sit down and relax after a long days work.  Whether you’ve spent your day in the office, doing manual labor, or tending kids – at the end of the day…

How I Discovered I Was A Writer Part 2

Now that I knew I could be a writer, I needed a game plan. First off, to be honest, habits are hard to break.  I still daydreamed off and on.  Then there was the whole needing to manage my time and develop the discipline to just do it (aka not being lazy!).  Writing is enjoyable,…

How I Discovered I Was A Writer Part 1

Have you ever been surrounded by extremely talented people and you realize you are a bit out of place?  Welcome to my life. I am the fourth child of eight children. All of them have visible talent. Art, singing, writing. Often times all three. I would say that they had a natural talent but also…