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…

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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…

Summer hiatus is almost over.

The weeks have been chaotic, and peppered with struggles with depression and anxiety. Par for the course when dealing with the personal life/living changes, combined with the state of the world, I know, but no less debilitating. However, with help from my support system, I'm getting back to it. (I've dealt with this shit before…