New Life

I planted carrots this week. Carrots, zucchini, and radishes. And bought turnip seeds. I’m kind of excited. Spring may never actually get here because Colorado is constantly freezing and unrelentingly windy, but I will have radishes growing in window boxes in my house anyway. We’re still not sure about the carrots and zucchini. They haven’t…

The Death of a Faithful Companion

I’m in mourning this week. My car died. I’m devastated. Okay, not really. Because it was old and shabby and sounded like an airplane motor and smelled like diesel fuel. I tried not to hold it against it, but I did a little bit. Or a lot. I suffered through a lot of teasing because…

Sick Days and First Drafts

I was sick this week. No, not with a virus. Just a cold. I promise. But it meant that I was out of the office on sick leave. Mostly, I just slept on the couch. And watched Toy Story. And drank way too much water and downed vitamin C’s like candy, because who has time…

Snow Days

I’m snowed in. Again. Can you tell? This is the view out my front door. By the way, can you spot the deer in this picture? There’s a big old buck sleeping under the trees behind my swing there. You can just make him out if you squint. Poor thing. We’ll see if I get…

Small Improvements

I’ve been working on my house lately. Improving it. Fixing things. Specifically my kitchen. Because it’s old, and a little bit of a mess. It needed some TLC. So, I ripped out the old faucet, the one that leaked and was also determined only to have as much water pressure as it absolutely had to,…

Introvert Recovery 101

I had a crazy week. Like, really crazy. First of all, I spent all five work days at conference centers, attending—and presenting—at meetings. Which meant a lot of talking and a firehose of information. Stories were planned. Characters were examined. Exciting things happened. I think I survived. I haven’t checked yet. Secondly, we had quite…

The Bear Story

This week, I have five straight days of meetings for work. That’s a lot of talking for this little introvert. So, to give myself courage for it all, I have decided to tell you all . . . The Bear Story. *Ominous Music* That’s right. I’ve hinted about it and promised to tell it someday….

Milestones

On Thursday, my boss came back from California with two things. A picture, and the first page of the studio script they had been recording, signed by the actors. That’s right. My first script has officially been recorded. I have an Adventures in Odyssey episode with my name on it. How crazy is that? Now…

Newsies

I didn’t fold my laundry this weekend. Scandalous, right? Actually, my weekend turned out just a little bit too busy to include boring stuff like laundry and clothes hangers. On Sunday, like an actual adult who has an adult job and does adult things, I got all my meal prep for the week done, including…

Devouring Stories

Last week we started talking about things writers can do to move their careers forward when the next step seems impossibly far off. Sometimes ‘making it as a writer’ seems like it’s full of huge, gigantic leaps forward: finishing a book, finding an agent, getting published, working full-time as a writer, earning this award, being…