Books

When Reading is Worse Than Scrubbing Toilets

  I had been standing in lucky check-out line #7 at the grocery store for about ten minutes. (Yes, I always choose wrong.)  They were having technical issues with the register, so three strapping, young male clerks battled in heated discussion over the possible fix. When talk turned from technology to techno music (ugh), a grandmotherly manager -- with a hair switch that could keep dozens warm at… Continue reading When Reading is Worse Than Scrubbing Toilets

Books, Writing

Writing Apathy — Recognizing the Signs

    Writing Apathy is a real and serious write-threatening condition. It can swoop down on the unsuspecting with its massive productivity-stealing claws at the first indication of a compromised work ethic. You may have been on a writing schedule consisting of 4,000+ words-a-day, only to suddenly find yourself staring at a blank screen while drool collects at… Continue reading Writing Apathy — Recognizing the Signs

Books, For Readers

Are You in a Toxic (Reading) Relationship?

  I'm currently off on a dangerous and secret mission involving time travel, espionage, and peace-talks with dental hygienists. Please enjoy this post from the archives during my absence.   I love my husband. I do. BUT... There is something about him I desperately want to change -- his reading habits. Not only (in my opinion) does he not read enough,… Continue reading Are You in a Toxic (Reading) Relationship?

Blogging

Your Blog’s Accidental Tourists

So, you started a blog. Maybe it's about knitting or parenting. Pop culture or cars. Or, maybe your blog is simply a lesson in dignified randomness. Or smut. Whatever your blog's theme, you probably came to it with shiny-eyed expectations of who your ideal readers would be: an intellectual type, the newbie mom, one who appreciates all… Continue reading Your Blog’s Accidental Tourists

Writing

Co-Sleeping (Writer Style)

Where: My bed When: Midnight Who: Me, Blissfully Sleeping Husband, and a Cast of Annoyingly Needy Fictitious Characters *** (Rumblings of chatter and laughter) Me: "Okay, okay, everyone. Settle down. You've been keeping me up every night for the past three weeks, and I'm exhausted. If you're not going to leave me alone, at least… Continue reading Co-Sleeping (Writer Style)

Blogging, Books, For Readers, Writing

Matching Tattoos With Margaret

Please enjoy this post from the archives (the first one of my blogging days) while I...live.  My apologies to the four people who have already read this -- go watch Oprah instead. Let me start from the beginning -- I love Margaret Atwood. Not in the, "Then why don't you marry her?" sense, but very simply, I'm… Continue reading Matching Tattoos With Margaret