On Writing: Can You Call Yourself a Writer if You Don’t Get Paid?

Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels.com This has been a hot topic in the writing community for a long time now - should you call yourself a Writer even if it's not your day job? I'm not sure if this is even a debate anymore, because all I ever hear is, "If you write, then… Continue reading On Writing: Can You Call Yourself a Writer if You Don’t Get Paid?

On Writing: Lousy Finds from an LFL

Photo by Jacqueline Smith on Pexels.com In the last three weeks, I have read three books by three famous authors, and all three were very disappointing. The last one, in fact, disappointed me so much that after I read the last page, I stood up and chunked it across the room. Before the bibliophiles hunt… Continue reading On Writing: Lousy Finds from an LFL


I wrote this story for a creative writing class my junior year of college. The professor had given us two assignments: Write a short fiction story for the class to critique, then write another one for the professor to critique. For the first story, my goal was simply to write a humorous tale of mundane… Continue reading Bridges

On Writing: Misunderstandings Lead to Better Characters

Photo by Shiny Diamond on Pexels.com In December of 2019, I met a newlywed couple at a Christmas party. They had recently come back from their honeymoon, which included a cruise. One night the crew put together a game night for all the passengers, which included a version of The Newlywed Game. When the host… Continue reading On Writing: Misunderstandings Lead to Better Characters

On Writing: Creating Content

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Once upon a time, I ceded control of a project to someone whom I believed would do a better job. This was a social media project that involved, like most social media projects, good lighting, catchy hashtags, and good-looking people making looking good look effortless. And while I didn't hate… Continue reading On Writing: Creating Content

On Writing: Fear of Not Being the Best

Photo by Lina Kivaka on Pexels.com Along with freezing temperatures and delayed school starts, March winds always blow in allergies. I don't know what exactly I'm allergic to, but whenever the weather changes here in Tennessee, I find myself surrounded by a pile of tissues, bereft of the will to leave the couch. Thus, I've… Continue reading On Writing: Fear of Not Being the Best

On Writing: What You Say and Do Matters

Photo by Pranidchakan Boonrom on Pexels.com I've been a regular blood donor since 2016, the year after my stepfather died. During his fight with cancer, he needed several transfusions, so by donating I feel I am paying forward the generosity of his donors. Donating blood really doesn't take much effort, and after you've done it… Continue reading On Writing: What You Say and Do Matters

Cleaning Day

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Saturday mornings in my house mean one thing: Cleaning Day has begun. I have kids and cats, so every day is Cleaning Day to some extent, but Saturdays are for getting into the corners, behind the furniture, moving appliances, on my hands and knees, Don't-Bother-Me-Can't-You-See-I'm-Busy-If-You-Can't-Find-Something-To-Do-So-Help-Me-You-Can-Get-Down-Here-With-Me, THAT kind of cleaning. My favorite part… Continue reading Cleaning Day