Stuck in traffic in the early-morning hours, I had an epiphany. Not the amazing, life-changing, Oprah-moment everyone dreams about. The epiphany was of the much worse kind. The kind that means I have to basically re-write my entire first chapter. For some reason, I do my best thinking in the car. Maybe I get inspired … Continue reading Realizing You Got It Wrong
OK, not the entire Book. I was just being dramatic. Saturday night, thanks to a burst of courage and a lot of Pinot, I let J read Chapter 1 of The Book. It was comical, really. I got so anxious waiting for him to finish reading I re-filled my wine and took a bath, where … Continue reading BREAKING: Someone read The Book.
I totally forgot about Week 2 of Fearless Friday and now I'm a day late with this one. (#PerfectionistsCanBeImperfect) Last week was a hot mess. I was (im)patiently awaiting MRI results for my upcoming surgery, meeting a bunch of deadlines, battling a cold, deep cleaning the apartment to prep for Christmas decorating (priorities, right?) and … Continue reading Fearless Friday
I read a blog post once about 'the writing advice you're going to hate' or 'the worst writing advice ever'. In it, the author told his readers to write their book, then re-write it. Yep, you read that right. Write. It. All. Over. Again. I, like many readers, scoffed and thought, 'that's cool but I'm … Continue reading The Writing Advice No One Wants to Hear
As a side-hustle freelancer and professional people-pleaser, the word “no” isn’t a big part of my vocabulary. But I’m here to tell you, if you want to be sane enough to enjoy your successes - learn how to say no. So many of us are people-pleasers too, right? By day, I’m a Registered Nurse. My … Continue reading How to Say No
I inherited my love of reading from my mother. I'm forever grateful for the fact that she kept ALL of her Stephen King novels from when she was younger (she's since moved into what I call "old lady" novels) and passed them on to me. Where my mother and I differ, however, is that she … Continue reading Why I Won’t Read Bad Books
My birthday is the day after Halloween. And I love it. I love fall and everything about it. The candles, the cold, the leaves, the horror. Everything. And I love Halloween. I miss dressing up like a fool and handing out candy to the little kiddos almost as much as I miss going around knocking … Continue reading Happy (Almost) Birthday to Me.
I'm going to start a weekly post entitled Fearless Friday, where I force myself, and my readers, to think about how they were fearless this week - or maybe how they are going to be fearless in the future. Why Fearless? Because life is scary. We could lose our jobs, which means no money for … Continue reading Fearless Friday.
I started writing The Book over a year and a half ago (right around the time I met my boyfriend, [I'm going to just start referring to him as J... that's less typing..] who is also a writer, - coincidence?). I have yet to let a single soul read a single word of it. I've … Continue reading The First Read: Letting People Read Your Book
Photo by: Jessica Dzubak, Topsail Island, NC Written: September 24, 2019 4 years ago today, I wore a white dress, killer Badgley Mischka heels (that I refuse to get rid of), stood before a handful of my family & friends, and spoke wedding vows. If you’re reading this, you can probably sense that I’m a … Continue reading Here’s Why I Still Celebrate My Anniversary – Even Though I’m Divorced