Writer’s Group and Sabbaticals

I went on a sleepover this weekend. My first since quarantine, in fact. Not that I make a habit of sleepovers. Not since I was like sixteen. Except when I get trapped in town due to crazy snowstorms and six-foot snowdrifts. But I went on a sleepover this weekend. With my writer’s group—or most of…

Back in the Office

I went back to work last week. Back to my office, actually. I’ve been working all along. Just from my couch instead of my standup desk. And with free access to snacks. And very little motivation to get out of my pajamas. It’s going to take me a little while to get used to the…

Running Away

I almost got eaten by an alligator this weekend. Maybe it was an alligator gar. Or a catfish. Something. But it tried to eat me, I’m pretty sure. Killer catfish are dangerous too, you know. Maybe I should start at the beginning. I ran away from my life on Thursday. Packed up my car, grabbed…

A Dozen Worlds

You know what’s crazy about being a writer? Especially one with a full-time job? The worlds I visit. When I first started writing, I had one story. One. I had fragments of others, of course. But one ‘project’. One world that occupied all my time. The characters that whispered over my writing desk and tugged…

Howling at the Moon

This has been a strange week. Stranger than normal, I mean. Yes, I know, the whole world has been strange for the last few—millennium. But this week has seemed a little stranger than normal. From crazy warm weather to snow when I definitely didn’t want snow to changes in my work schedule to projects I…

Finding A New Normal

I’m working exclusively from home these days. I think most of us are, right? Those who can anyway. I’m so, so grateful to have a job that transferred to my house as easily and smoothly as mine did, and that continued to supply the same amount of hours that I’d been working before. Still, the…

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…

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…

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…