More groups!

I like to post things on Facebook that I find helpful or that I think other people will find helpful. I've been doing it all week and apparently other people have noticed. I've been added to not one, but two East Texas Covid-19 Help and Support Groups (not their actual names, mind you). So I … Continue reading More groups!

Writing Group, Facebook style

Back before all this coronavirus craziness hit, our public library had asked our writing group to consider having an online presence. People had complained that they weren't able to come at noon on a Wednesday, not to mention for a two-hour period all at once. Some people in wackier places, like the Phillipines, wanted to … Continue reading Writing Group, Facebook style

St. Patrick’s Day, social distancing version

Today has been weird, y'all. Super weird. My Tyler Critique Group canceled their meeting, which I'd expected, as all four of us have immune system issues or family members that do. Nick's workplace said they'd let anyone with immunocompromised family members start working from home. The kids and I set up a desk area for … Continue reading St. Patrick’s Day, social distancing version

Social Distancing

Today was supposed to be a several things that it wasn't. Kids were supposed to be back at school, but the district is having what they call a "Community Mitigation Period" instead. They're cleaning the schools and we're supposed to be back on schedule next week. Ree is a little bit wumbly over it because … Continue reading Social Distancing

Spring Break Summary

Yesterday Spring Break ended. It wasn't that exciting. Nick and I were minorly sick the first weekend, then Ree had his wisdom teeth out that Monday. I saw the Endodontist on Tuesday and they told me I needed a tooth removed and sent me back to my regular dentist to have that done. I got … Continue reading Spring Break Summary

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

Site updates

I'm working on bringing a more professional look to my website as I transition from a more family style blog site to an author website. Most of the blog content will remain the same: meanderings on life, family news, burbling about books I've read or places I've been, writing or crafting thoughts. But the main … Continue reading Site updates