Let’s Get Real: Expectations (with repost)

This post struck me today because I’ve been struggling with expectations.  As I approach 40, I think about where I thought I’d be at this point.  I wonder why I’m not where I want to be, and why it seems others are further along.  I think this problem is universal- the human condition.  I’m going…

Let’s Get Real: Perfection

You read the blog posts, the magazine articles, about how we shouldn’t strive for perfection.  It’s unattainable.  They even make you feel a bit silly for trying. Then they flip the coin.  They show you perfect houses.  Perfect looking skin.  Perfect hair.  Perfect alertness. Instagram filters and mega pixels. Get real.  It doesn’t exist.  Perfect…

Her

I lost my daughter, somewhere between high school and Texas. Somewhere between my head and my heart. I felt her, knew a glimpse of her. Sometimes I still feel her, when the wind blows from the east. When summer rolls through. She’s in my boys’ eyes, dancing, laughing. She skips through my heart, when I’m…

Happy Endings

My best friend doesn’t like happy endings. Let me rephrase that- my best friend doesn’t like when stories (whether in book form or on a screen) end in a sappy, love-conquers-all way.  She’s okay with things working out, they just have to be believable.  I get it. I love myself a romance.  Books, movies, TV…

Weekly Roundup: Botanical prints

I know I might freak purists out by combining my writing and fashion pursuits on the same blog, but it’s who I am.  No use separating them. Anyway, this week I noticed a lot of botanical prints come across the web at me.  I’ve always been a sucker for a floral print (especially the past…

Threesome: Bringing back the romance in Romance Writing

  Let’s have a threesome, Bring back the rapture, You, me, them, My soul, my words, and my characters, Organic to orgasmic, Let’s come together, Bring out my sensuality, Let it flow from my pen, Onto the page, Let the words fill with florid vocabulary. Make me blush, Make me sigh, Make me feel sixteen…

Happiness

Originally posted on Cristian Mihai:
There are two ways to be happy: change the situation, or change your mindset towards it. Today’s society is obsessed with happiness. We want instant gratification, success, fame, soulmates that never die… We grow complacent with people and ideas. We grow cold and bitter because we want what we want…

Who Are You Working For?

I just read this interesting article about writing.  It’s poses the question: What Would You Write If No One Was Looking? I’ve been struggling with this very scenario for the past few years.  When you start to research the industry, your genre, what readers want, and what’s trending or popular, you start to box yourself…

Weekly Roundup

  Some articles catching my eye: – Wes Anderson inspired places * He has inspired a genre of design all its own.  And it’s pretty fabulous. – The Doors of Tallinn *I’ve been to Tallinn and I can attest to its beauty.  This article makes me want to go back. –No-Braid Braid *I’ve decide I’m growing my…

Inspired By…

Florals. They’re everywhere, which just makes me insanely happy.

Absence makes the Heart…

  It’s been a few weeks.  Time, it gets away. People demand.  Progeny needs. Time is a commodity best handed out with droppers. One drop here, two there. Waste not, want not. But I do waste.  And I definitely want. “Part of the problem”. Society’s tether, Obligation’s umbilical cord. At least we’re here, Surviving, striving,…