Habits???

Let's be clear: the only habits I have are bad ones. Chewing my fingernails. Staying up WAY TOO LATE. Speaking before thinking (I've gotten better, but, man, sometimes . . . .) Leaving crap lying around. Not doing laundry. Not doing dishes. Losing my temper. Gosh can I stop now Here are my good habits: …

It Looks Like This

Think Kit, Day 7. (carves another mark in the wall)Good things happened today: my kids and I shopped for supplies to ready our home for Christmas. My six-year-old, Oliver, beat me in a game of War (*laughing* "I'm so good at this, Mommy!" "Yes . . .  but, Oliver, a monkey could play this game" …

Being Of Use

Think Kit, Day 6. I suspect all of us wait for that moment in our lives when we finally understand why we are the person that we are. (Maybe that moment never comes. Maybe it comes again and again. I don't know.) I had my moment of understanding this year, last month. A situation occurred, and …

What Makes Us Wise

I wrote in an email earlier today: Today’s prompt is to write about a wise decision made this year. #lolololololol You know me--or you're getting to know me--I don't take a word like "wisdom" lightly. And that I ought to share something with you about a WISE DECISION THAT I MANAGED TO MAKE--I'm not going to …

On Regret

Think Kit, Day 2: Yes. I am thinking hard. My brain: *pant, pant*Starting PointToday's Think Kit blog post challenge was to "[conduct] a poll and share the results." I admit I may have entertained an inward groan when I read the prompt, because at first ponder, there was nothing I wanted to ask anyone. I …

On Inspiration

All the time--really, all the time--I am thinking about writing, and all the time lines come into my head, fully formed, that kick me and say, write me down. And I am dutiful--if I am at work, I hurry to open a blank Word document and type out what I have in my head. As …

The Nervous Space

I think the best thing about my writing group (known officially as Writing Group) is that in Writing Group, you can, just because of the nature of the gathering, talk about ANYTHING. Because when you're a writer, you just have to. You always have to be figuring things out. It's part of the unspoken job …

New Things

Yesterday, something wonderful happened: a friend and another friend and a couple of new friends and I got together at my house for a couple hours in hopes that we could turn ourselves from Semi-Random Collection of People into Writing Group. And by the end of it -- with most thanks to my really annoying …