The Astounding Effect of Little Changes

As bored summer kids in Sterling, Ohio, my brother and I used set pennies on the railroad tracks. The train would flatten them out and stretch them commensurate with the number of cars that ran over them. The grownups who learned of our adventure discouraged us because of the possibility that anything on a track—even something as small…

Are You the Best You?

In another lifetime, you would have found me meandering around art shows perusing paintings, admiring pottery and wishing I had enough money to buy the whole collection of metal wind sculptures. To say I was into art was a vast understatement. For years I drew and painted and sculpted and threw pots. My passion was…

If Someone Saved A Life Tonight

I’d be remiss in talking about being upbeat and positive if I didn’t touch on the subject caused by recent celebrities who have taken their lives. One late night a few years ago, an acquaintance seemed perilously close to taking her life. I thought about that night a lot afterward. Here’s what came out of it….

How to Be Your Own Cheerleader

I knew a young woman I’ll call Kiah. Kiah was very different from most young women I knew, in that she was confident in her singlehood. Nothing seemed to ruffle her. She didn’t go chasing after men to date. Didn’t have a string of boyfriends. She didn’t compromise her beliefs. She spoke about the kind…

Chasing the Blues Away: 9 Ideas to Lift Your Spirits

Have you ever had days that you just felt blue? Your transmission blows out, you overspend, you’re out of coffee, get a bad review, someone gets the job you want or maybe for no reason you have a pervasive feeling of sadness you just can’t shake. Sometimes it’s too many cloudy days, maybe a bad…

Catching Every Word

One thing I do a lot of is interviewing. Working remotely, I attend a lot of webinars and online meetings. As one who is already guilty of word hoarding, the last thing I really want to do is miss a single comment. Are you like this? You’re listening to someone talking and then they use…

Back on track

If you’re wondering how long it’s been since I was on here and posted, it’s been too long. 1 year, 5 months, and 1 day, to be exact, according to Date Difference calculator. So what was that all about, you ask? It’s amazing how little things can get a plan completely off-track. And it also…

9 Writing Ideas for Summer

It’s a little late in the season for spring cleaning but I find that I’m looking over how time gets spent and, like an editor poring over redundant sentences, I excise those things that were not bad, which brought pleasure, but were not really helping my writing career as a whole. Because it’s been a rainy…

Starting Somewhere

A very dear friend of mine frequently said, “Don’t despise small beginnings.” It’s taken me the best part of fifteen years to appreciate her advice, and it’s a quote I consider often as I go through my life on the writing journey. It’s very easy to look at others in the world who are enjoying…

The Cost of Inspiration

If your writing goals have become easier to reach, it might be time to raise them. I was able to consistently write 1000 words a day and raised it just recently. This happens to coincide with my desire to send more stories out to literary magazines. I’ve watched over the past few months as my…

How Creative Are You?

I’ve been working on new short stories and feel excited about writing with photo prompts. In one of the literary magazines I read a while back, they had a cool idea called, Bridge the Gap, where they took two images and the asked their readership to contribute stories around the pictures. What a genius idea….