IMAGINE THAT

Sitting here on New Year’s Eve again, watching football, burning my bayberry candle (“Bayberry candles burned to the socket, bring health to the home and wealth to the pocket!”) I am once again pondering my One Word for the new year. For 2018, it was, “Adventure.” I did not do as well chronicling my adventures this…

CREATIVE MOJO

I truly, madly, deeply love photography. I love being a photographer. I feel alive in the creative process from beginning to end. For the last couple of years – through my ups and downs with cancer and hypothyroidism – I lost my creative drive.  Most people do not realize how much energy creativity takes, especially…

WHEN FANS CRY

Today one of my coworkers, who usually checks the news around noonish, blurted out, “Prince died!” I went on the internet immediately to verify.  It was true. Ironically, I had spent the morning searching for and finding the video of a coworker singing, “Purple Rain,” during karaoke at the company Christmas party in 2014 to…

SASSY SACHETS (for the girl who’s allergic to everything)

I recently purchased a new dresser, much smaller and more realistic in size.  I have been waiting to move the items I want to into it, but it has not lost that “new” smell no matter what I put/spray in the drawer.  I really don’t want my clothes to smell like that.Since I am allergic…

THE ELUSIVE, YET STUNNING BEAUTY WITHIN SUCH MALADY

I enjoy reading the Owl City Blog.   Even though Adam is my mirror age (24), I can identify with so much of what he writes, especially his recent entry about his struggles with insomnia.  It’s a funny thing. Even now I often find myself wide awake staring at the ceiling, and when the Ambien runs out,…

HELLO, BACK? MONKEY’S GONE

I finished NANOWRIMO two days early, with only 15 days actually writing, which is a new personal best!  I’d like to thank everyone who prayed for me to finish strong.  I desperately needed to get this monkey off my back.    I needed to prove to myself that I could finish.  I wrote almost 18,000…

TIME TO DUST OFF THE COBWEBS!

I am a person afflicted with too many ideas.  The light bulb comes to life, but a lot of times it burns brightly and gathers cobwebs because I always have great ideas.  The ideas are like children to me. The hardest part for me is to choose which child brings life and which I should…

NANOWRIMO AND THE NEW JERSEY WRENCH

About a week ago, I had decided to try to squeeze out a novel in November, as I have done twice in the last five years, for NANOWRIMO. The day after I allowed myself to make that declaration public and start getting excited about it, my boss delivered the news that I needed to travel to…

PAUSE, THE BUTTON I CAN NEVER SEEM TO PUSH

I tend to go at life at an all or nothing pace.  Either I am running along, full steam ahead, or I am at a complete standstill, most likely because I had too much full steam ahead.  Balancing my busy schedule the past three months was so impossible, I stopped trying. Three weddings in six…

LOVE IS…

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about. There’s no arrogance in love; it’s never rude, crude, or indecent – it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs or celebrate injustice, but truth – yes, truth – is love’s delight! Love puts up with anything…

CREATIVE DISTRACTIONS

I have creatively distracted myself enough this weekend, which is good in many, many ways. Though I am well over 6,000 words in my quest for 50,000, I did not write on Sunday. Instead, after taking some awesome Ultimate Frisbee photos, I went to the Menil and then to Miller Outdoor Theater to enjoy a…

NANOWRIMO ESSENTIALS

The countdown to NANOWRIMO is on! Though I have been sick most of the weekend, I am excited about writing my brains out come next weekend. I have tried to write an outline but as usual, haven’t completed one. Outlines frustrate me and limit me, so I while I am plotting (writing down what I’d…