Monthly Archives: July 2013

Honey, I’m Expecting a Novel


ImageAs I’m working through the phases of writing my first novel, it occurred to me that it is much like pregnancy. Having given birth to 5 children of my own, I would know.

When you first take that giant step and commit to writing a novel (you know, the stick is positive), it’s both exciting and frightening at the same time. Your thoughts vacillate between the anticipation of seeing that little bundle for the first time and the fears that it will be born with flaws and you will fail as its creator.

If you’re like me, and only a writing hobbyist, then that first trimester of novel writing can make you quite ill at times. As you can see just by scrolling through the last few blogs I’ve posted, I’m nowhere near a consistent writer. Up until now I’ve only posted blogs about this and that whenever the urge strikes me, sometimes going months between any sort of writing at all. But those of you who have been pregnant (sorry to leave you out, guys) know that once the stick turns blue there’s no turning back. You are committed…or at least you should be. Writing a novel takes sheer will and determination if you’re going to complete it. You’re forced to endure the morning sickness while you adjust to carrying this new baby with you each day. Finding Making time to write every day can be painful if you’re not used to it. Read the rest of this entry


Getting Along in the 21st Century


I’m not sure why I selected the title above. Lack of creativity today, I suppose, but I’m sure this problem goes way back to even the 1st century. I mean, surely those people had children back then and surely those children were no less angelic than my own. (And by “angelic” I mean the equivalent of ten adorable little fingers scraping their nails down a chalkboard.)

So how do we teach our children to be kind to one another, to respect each other’s opinions, and love them even when we don’t like them?

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