I wrote this a couple weeks back but didn't have time to get back to it until now. Even though National Novel Writing Month is over, the lesson my son taught me applies to more than writing. It's a life lesson. Today the 5:30 am wake-up call got old. Correction; it got old a few … Continue reading The Lesson My Son Taught Me
So we are two days before NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) officially begins, November 1st. Then the insanity commences. It’s my first year attempting to write 50 000 words in 30 days. Why am I doing this crazy thing in the middle of one of the busiest times of the year? (We’re only about seven … Continue reading Why NaNoWriMo Now?
“So many things were impossible, until they weren’t.” Jennifer Donnelly, Sea Spell This weekend I’m attending a workshop, hosted by a friend and one of the things she asked us to come prepared to talk about is learning a new skill. Negative Nelly that I am, I thought, “I have not learned anything new.” Until … Continue reading What Have You Learned Lately?
My scenery has changed this week. As I look out the windows, I see trees and cedars and I hear the waves crashing on the beach just beyond the front door. You can see the lake from the big front window. It’s a week to unwind, rejuvenate, and create. It’s a week I have begun … Continue reading Asking for Directions
Inadequate. The word keeps rolling around my brain. I ask myself, “Does anyone ever get to the point where you ever feel adequate?” I’m not sure to tell you the truth. We feel inadequate in so many areas of life at different times. We feel inadequate as parents when our children struggle or have issues. … Continue reading The Inadequate Lie
Do you have a childhood dream that still sits in your heart and mind? That you go back to when you daydream? Since I can remember, I have wanted to tell stories. Then it morphed into writing and then into writing articles and books. I fulfilled part of that dream recently. I wrote a book … Continue reading The Whole Story
I recently had the opportunity to go away on a retreat for five whole days. It was a week away with some fellow writer friends. The plan was to get away to a cottage and write. No distractions. No other people to worry about and care for. Just us and our writing projects. I had … Continue reading The Art of Rest
Have you ever read through the Old Testament? I decided I wanted to read it recently because honestly, I’ve never read it cover to cover. I’m not done yet, not even close. I feel like the Israelites wandering through the desert only I’m wandering through some of these books, thinking to myself, “Why do I … Continue reading The Obscurity Lists
After a fifteen year absence, I went back to a writing conference this past weekend. People asked me what I’d been doing in those fifteen years. Mmmm. We moved three times. Major moves. Once across two provinces. My children were born. I was too tired when they were really little to write much more than … Continue reading Being Called Out of the Cave
I attended a writing conference this past weekend. Information was on overload. My brain tried to absorb as much as it’s spongy mass could hold. By the end of the conference it was saturated. I was torn between, “OOh I did that right!” and “Ugh, I totally messed that up!” Apart from the writing aspect, there … Continue reading 10 Things I learned at a Writing Conference that had Nothing to do with Writing