Out & Back on the AT and Humpback Rocks

This Thanksgiving, my family and I decided to get out of the city and do a bit of exploring. We live in downtown Chicago and, like a lot of Americans, we have spent our time looking for alternative methods of maintaining our sanity during the pandemic. Being safe for our families and ourselves is ourContinue reading “Out & Back on the AT and Humpback Rocks”

Book Review: “Leave the World Behind”

I recently finished up the latest title by Rumaan Alam and it left me, well, in an unsure place. I enjoyed the book, and it certainly touched on themes of race and class in America that are conspicuous in today’s climate, but I also was waiting for something to happen that never quite materialzed toContinue reading “Book Review: “Leave the World Behind””

Rapunzel: After the Rescue

While writing for Nano, I needed to take a break from my novel for a few hours and had a ‘what if’ moment. It turned into a little bit of fun flash fiction. Fairy tales are often set up in a way that might not make sense in today’s world (if it ever did toContinue reading “Rapunzel: After the Rescue”

Book Review: “Imaginary Friend”

One of my favorite activities, outside of writing, is reading. Not only does it help hone my craft by observing the masterful execution from my peers and literary heroes, but it also provides me with overwhelming entertainment. Since Halloween just passed, I was in the mood for some horror. Stephen King is one of myContinue reading “Book Review: “Imaginary Friend””

The Balancing Act- NaNo 1/3 Down

NaNoWriMo is always a challenge whether I am prepared for it with notes and an outline or if I am jumping in fresh with nothing but an idea. This year has been no different. I was pretty excited about the prospect of what I could accomplish seeing as it coincided with the launch of myContinue reading “The Balancing Act- NaNo 1/3 Down”

Scrivener, the Writing Tool of my Dreams

With NaNoWriMo well under way, I thought it would be a good time to touch base on productivity tools to improve writing and help keep us all on track for November and beyond. I am not new to the software Scrivener, but it has been a while since I’ve had a conversation with anyone onContinue reading “Scrivener, the Writing Tool of my Dreams”

It’s NaNoWriMo ⏱

It is November 1 and that means National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) has begun once again! While I am excited for the new challenge of this year’s nano, along with my new found inspiration, it does harken back to the challenges of nano’s in the past (I have yet to complete one). Despite that, thisContinue reading “It’s NaNoWriMo ⏱”

The “Productivity” trap and the deception of “Resistance”

When the pandemic first started, I was on a roll. Like a lot of people, I decided to use my increased time inside “productively”. I didn’t want to waste this new opportunity indoors (or, for those of you who have introverted tendencies like me, an acceptable excuse) watching Netflix or creating Tiktok videos. Beyond givingContinue reading “The “Productivity” trap and the deception of “Resistance””