Pneumonia and other disasters

My youngest has pneumonia -- they diagnosed it on Monday. My family of five had four dentist appointments and one doctor's visit scheduled this week even before that happened. We've been to the doctor every afternoon this week besides that. I still made it to a critique group on Tuesday and led a lesson on … Continue reading Pneumonia and other disasters

Critiques

Here's what I love about my critique groups: We have so many kinds of writers, so everyone has a different way of looking at stories.Everyone has a different thing they're serious about, too. One hates adverbs, one obsesses with having enough romance, another is super descriptive about what she likes and what doesn't work, one loves … Continue reading Critiques

Little disasters

Last week our clothes washer overflowed. Just a little bit. Once, twice, three times. We thought it was just because of the rain. Our neighborhood waste water system always backs up and we're the last house on the line, so we always get hit with the weird smells and backed up line. Thursday, the kids … Continue reading Little disasters

Trying to Keep Up

I'm sure you've been wondering where I've been lately. Here's the scoop: Toward the end of 2018, just before my mother passed away, I joined a local professional writing group. I've spent the last year waiting for a spot in one of their critique groups to open up, and meantime I (and my friend E … Continue reading Trying to Keep Up