DOORS AND CORNERS

A cousin of mine asked me around the beginning of December to contemplate and write about my older brother and what he might be like today.  Scott died of leukemia in early 2001, and in the 16 years since I’ve thought about him every day.  He was only 35. Scott never saw a smart phone,…

NANOWRIMO 2013

Because I am a glutton for punishment, I am going to attempt NANOWRIMO this year. I am writing a non-fiction article so perhaps that will help since I don’t have to define or create characters and this is information I really need out of my head. I have been going through quite a transformation over…

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…

NANOWRIMO UPDATE

It’s been a busy month so far!  Five days in NJ/NY to begin the month, and I haven’t even had time to go into all my adventures yet!  I’m also 14 days into NANOWRIMO and I’ve only produced 16,691 words so far due to my jam packed week to start off November.  I’m almost 9,000…

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…

EULOGIES

I always find it difficult to let go. People. Places. Moments. Memories. Trouble is, I hold on until long after the life has bled out of time, and the decay of what I’m holding onto becomes a part of me. I have difficulty pronouncing some things dead, especially relationships, but die they do, and as…

THE ADVENT WREATH EMERGENCY

Today, as I was looking around my apartment mentally planning my Christmas decor, I realized that I was without an Advent wreath, a Christmas tree skirt, and misc decorations. In a flashback to a time when Jene’ had to make us an Advent wreath in the buckle of the Bible belt, I knew I would…

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…

NANOWRIMO PREP

I’ve had some unexpected turns lately, which, in hindsight have proven to be beneficial, though it may take months to figure out just how beneficial. Painful as those turns have been, I know everything will work out as it should, as it always does. That said, I’ve suddenly been put in a position to do…

FLOATING IN THE SEA OF FORGETFULNESS

In my lifetime, I have experienced many songs that grab hold of me, strangely, strongly. I don’t know if it’s the timing of the experience, the voice that sings it, the music that carries it, the words that explode to life in my heart, or a combination of all of the above. I was driving…

AND THIS IS HOW I FEEL

The warmth of the sun and the snap of the windThe chill in the air and the breezeI let raindrops fall on my face nowAnd this is how I feelI laugh and the sound tickles others’ earsI give grief a wanted reprieveI can see farther than the horizon nowAnd this is how I feel –…