“Stardust”

“What should we do for dinner tonight?” “Hmm, I’m not sure.”  Every night they had the same conversation, the parley of the day. It’s not that they fought regularly, far from it, but marriage is a perpetual state of give and take, someone always deferring to the other. In this instance, Shane usually extended theContinue reading ““Stardust””

Scenery Helps

Today I woke up and got settled. It is amazing how much better I feel just having everything in its place. The camper is set for the next several weeks. I took a moment to do some writing after doing my day job (which is also finally slowing down for the next two weeks whileContinue reading “Scenery Helps”

Holiday Melancholy

The holiday’s have always been difficult for me when it comes to my writing. Pressure at work combined with the coordination of family events always led me to sacrifice my passion. This year (in part due to the pandemic) it is a bit different. Since a lot of people are not meeting with family thisContinue reading “Holiday Melancholy”

“A Dream of Innocence”

He ran down the uneven lane; beautiful archways and renaissance style porticos surrounding him in a panorama of splendor. The city was perfect; Ancient Rome meets 15th century Florence. It was home. It was safety. A rumble.   A flash.   Darkness. The boy lifted his face off the cobblestones. White spots, like stars, dancedContinue reading ““A Dream of Innocence””

NaNo 2020 is Over!

NaNoWriMo is officially over and I wanted to take a moment to reflect on it. The struggle was… well, just that. Much like every year, I started out strong and encountered various fluctuations in my writing patterns but, unlike years past, I didn’t give up. Now that the month is over, I can look backContinue reading “NaNo 2020 is Over!”

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”

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”

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”