Monday, July 4, 2022

First Post of 2022 - Falling Down the Rabbit Hole


 Dear Reader,

Happy Old Year!

 By the time you get this message, the year will be half over. (I started to say that it will be the month of June, but it's now July, and, at this rate, summer autumn might be over, so maybe you should just disregard that first sentence or interpret it to mean that "an unknown but extremely large amount of time has passed.") I can't tell you how many times I have tried to start a post, but it didn't work out. So, I'll try to cover what I've been up and try not to ramble too much, although I do really enjoy a good rabbit trail.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

How to Build an Escape Plan | Christmas Rewind | Nostalgia


 Dear Reader,

Having deleted the previous two, this marks my third attempt to write this post, not counting the number of times I've wiped paragraphs or the whole page clean. As a writer, it's easy to find a theme and put a story into the perspective of the main character. Real life? Not so much. How does one describe the past year or two years or recent handful? Challenging? Depressing? Mind-boggling? Chaotic? Insane???

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Life Blog: Happy Holidays | Three Things Twilight Did Differently | Parental Guidance Suggested

 


Dear Reader,

The holidays are here again. I titled this post with "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" for reasons that you'll understand below. However, in case I'm not available later, I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas (and Happy New Year and Got MLK?).

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Life Blog: October | Asian Film | Zombie Etiquette

 


Dear Reader,

By the time this blog post reaches you, the calendar will have turned another page, and it will be October. And so it begins... the thing that has infiltrated our lives. It's everywhere, and you won't escape it. By now, most everyone has already chosen sides in a highly controversial topic. You either love it or hate it. You know what I'm talking about.

Pumpkin Spice vs The World.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Book Two Posts: Ep. 13, The Pop Culture Conundrum


 Okay, dear readers, I'm just going to be real here.

I have been on the outs with my writing as of late. It was going really, really great. Really. I was on about Chapter 20 of the edits and re-calibrating my trajectory as I edited my way through. There were some major plot changes, but it was still going pretty well, and I felt that what I had so far was SOLID. Like, granite solid. I was pretty certain that any other changes to those chapters would be very minor. I could see the checkered flag waving in the distance. But then, something happened in the real world. Something that sent my writing into an out-of-control spin, hurtling through the air with the grace of a broken toilet seat.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Thoughts on Horror | Midsommar | Why I Hated the Fear Street Movie | Is the Metaphor Dead?

Warning: Here thar be spoilers! Arg!

In addition to a few others, I watched the movie Midsommar this weekend. It has been on my list for a while, and it's one of those movies that you can't really get a feel for by watching the trailer. I was interested in the concept of the midsummer festival and how they were going to use that material in a horror movie. I really had no idea what to expect.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Book Two Posts: Episode 12: Magic Moments and Changing Characters


Dear Readers,

First, I finally finished the EverMerge Gnome challenge, so here is my "Duck Duck Gnome"!  I felt that the Gnome challenge was very fitting since I'm still writing the Gnome Sweet Gnome series. I realize that not everyone will be impressed. 😸

It has been a strange time since I published my last book. There has been every type of distraction you can think of (a pandemic, for Pete's sake!), and I'm an easily distractible person. I had a lot of things tripping me up about the current work in progress, but I finally determined that I want it finished! Don't get me wrong. I'm actually really enjoying the writing at this point. My brain is really happy with the task and living in this other world. I mean, of course, we could ALL use a vacation from the real world right now, right? So this is the best possible scenario at this point!