3 Tips for Taking Action

Have you ever had a stunningly brilliant, once-in-a-lifetime, on-fire idea that you were pretty sure was going to win you the Nobel prize or an Academy Award or something else of equal significance. And then you just . . . never acted on it. Ever? You meant to. You had it all planned out in … Continue reading 3 Tips for Taking Action

A Day In The Life

I am a full-time writer. I’ve mentioned that about a million times on this blog, along with noting that I run my own business as a freelancer. But today, I’d like to dive a little deeper into what that looks like on a daily basis.I’ll give you a hint. I don’t actually spend my entire … Continue reading A Day In The Life

Forced Leisure

I spent most of June in bed. That’s a weird thing to admit, especially for me. Usually, I bounce up and have a full day planned before I’m even dressed. I can’t remember the last time I was legitimately bored and could think of nothing to do. I have my books, my writing, my garden, … Continue reading Forced Leisure

Freedom

Now that I am not working full time, I have a little more flexibility in my schedule. Obviously, I’m still getting up early to work out and spending the majority of my day at my desk, but since my only boss at the moment is myself, it’s a little easier to wiggle out of writing … Continue reading Freedom

Rituals

I’ve officially been working from home for a year now. Since I am now a freelancer, working from home should be a pretty permanent thing now. (Fingers crossed.) And, since I’m no longer logging hours or focusing solely on one project, my schedule has changed significantly in the last few weeks. Which means that my … Continue reading Rituals

What Next Step??

I wrote a post recently about doing the next right thing. Since that’s my version of a New Year’s Resolution, I’ve been thinking about it quite a lot. I also went to go see Frozen 2 over the weekend with my younger sisters. In case you were wondering, it was fabulous. I loved it. But … Continue reading What Next Step??

Growing Roots

I have three trees growing in my house. And a handful of acorns in the back of my fridge, ready for the spring. So, of course, yesterday I found pine seeds scattered all over my porch from the wind and couldn’t help myself. Now they’re in my fridge, sealed in a plastic bag with a … Continue reading Growing Roots

A Writer’s Life: Expectation

What keeps a writer going? That’s an interesting question. On the surface, it’s easy to rattle off a long list. Love of the story, dedication to their craft, or—as we talked about last week—determination. But I’m inclined to think that at the base of it all, whether we admit it or not, the driving force … Continue reading A Writer’s Life: Expectation

A Writer’s Life: Determination

If you were to ask me what quality has gotten me through eight manuscripts, a thousand edits, and seven years of ups and downs, I would immediately tell you one thing. Pure, cussed stubbornness. Or, if you want to be elegant about it: determination. In my case, they’re pretty close to the same thing. Determination … Continue reading A Writer’s Life: Determination

A Writer’s Life: Waiting

No one likes to wait. Whether we’re in the movie theater, in line at the bank, or refreshing your email browser, no one enjoys that feeling. Some of us ease the wait by playing on our phones, bringing a book along, or daydreaming, but the result is the same. Time wasted. Stuck in a place we’d … Continue reading A Writer’s Life: Waiting