Yes, another hiatus is almost at an end.

This one was inadvertent, however, and entirely related to depression and anxiety. Between the state of the nation, holidays, and having to have one of our beloved cats put to sleep, the last few months have been one of those chunks of time where sometimes you just look at life and the world and go…

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About Playlists for Writing + NaNo

Now that NaNo is upon us, we’ve been flooded with a ton of advice, tips, and tricks. One of the most common ones (and sometimes the first suggestion I see on lists) is Make a playlist Darlings, for me…? That is just the beginning.   Since my first days of taping stuff off the radio…

Terrible TV Couples

Every few years, another “___ ‘n ___” pair on TV captures attention, even for people who aren’t show viewers. References pop up all over the place, from Halloween costumes to dedicated Internet analysis. The participants of said coupledom hook people with all the on again/off again plot tensions, the love/hate antics, the circumstances keeping them…

Be-Bop-a-Lula: Music That Just Made Shit Up

I’ve been updating a bunch of playlists, covering everything from morning routines to writing projects to silly themes. Inadvertently, I discovered that several “nonsense word” songs went together quite well, and one thing led to another and... I ended up with a playlist called:   Be-Bop-a-Lula: Music that just made shit up (Or, if you’d like to…

The Big Ol’ Epic Romance

So, what happened to the big, grand, sprawling epic romance novel? What happened to those big, passionate stories that played out against the backdrop of history, sometimes for generations?       When and how did romance shift predominantly into these tight, compact, speeded-up plot formulas? Is there not room for anything else anymore?  …

Boston Cafe Reviews: an ongoing series

Greetings from Boston, darlings! It was a chaotic summer for a number of reasons, obviously. There have been conferences, demonstrations, deadlines, and yes, that international move.   But I am settling in here as best as I can, and have a list of activities to keep me occupied and productive as we head into autumn.…

Twenty Years (Part Two)

Part One is here. Continuing with all sorts of reflective stuff about long-term relationships that I wish I could've told my teenaged self, and stuff that I've learned after twenty years of being married to the best boy in the world.... You can make choices to not let certain things (that don’t matter) be an…

Twenty Years (Part One)

A couple writer friends suggested I go ahead and blog this smoofiness, so here you go, darlings! This summer involves a milestone that, when I was much younger, I simply couldn’t fathom: my husband and I celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. For twenty years of marriage, and a couple years before that, I have shared…