The Monotony of Making Lunches

Today it dawned on me: My kids are old enough to be making and packing their own lunches. Why has it taken me this long to implement this ingenious idea? And, why haven’t I enforced it sooner? Honestly, I’ve made the threats. “You two need to make your own lunches!” and “Why am I standing…

KEEP CALM Humor

Yeah, sure, easy for you to say. But what about writer’s block? What do you do then? What if you have lots of things to write about, but can’t bring yourself to write it? What then, KEEP CALM? What do we do then? Shop? Maybe. So for now, I’d rather KEEP CALM and Carrie On.

Humor & Drama In Advertising

It’s that time of the year at our university…students are about to make their advertising pitches today through next week as we wrap up the semester. I’ve shown them a lot of ads over the course of the semester, and they’ve liked some of the older ads as well as some of the newer ones….

Accepting the Versatile Blogger Award Today

Today, I am once again happy to accept an award given to me by Mandy Eve Barnett. She has kindly bestowed The Versatile Blogger Award to Steph’s Scribe, and I am grateful. Visit Mandy at MandyEveBarnett’sBlog by clicking here. She is a writer who sees the world in glorious ways. On her blog, she states…

Fiction Friday: A Still Untitled Work in Progress. A Short Story.

The idea for this short story has been brewing in my brain for a while, so I decided to finally draft something for it. Without saying too much, it’s about a writer (author) who suffers from agoraphobia, which leads her to live the life of a recluse, and has possibly been the cause of her…

Five Hump Day Hilarities

First: Last night I watched the parody from Saturday Night Live during the news segment with “Ray Lewis.” Honestly, I was crying I was laughing so hard. It’s just good, funny stuff as the Ravens are in the spotlight this week as they head to the Super Bowl. Baltimore is a happy town. Second: As…

Brushing Up Against Mad Creativity

Look around you. Seriously, look around you. Everything you see came from someone, but more importantly it started out as simply a creative idea. We’ve all had those moments when creativity is a spark, when it burns brightly, then fades away. We’ve also has those moments when creativity is a fire, burning brightly and furiously,…

Weekly Photo Challenge: LOVE

WordPress has a weekly photo challenge. It gives you one word, and you must pick a photo that you feel depicts that one word. Here he is. He stands for love.

Mitch Albom, A Time Keeper, and Popularity

After I had my teeth scraped, cleaned, flossed and gagged on my fluoride treatment this morning, I headed off to one of my favorite places on the planet: Barnes & Noble. My Mitch Albom book had arrived and was waiting for me at the front desk. When she handed me my copy of it, I…

Writers & Art: Some Inspiration

This is one of my favorite quotes by Andy Warhol. I love the simplicity of it. As someone who is in the throes of writing a second novel, there are days when I wonder about it. Is it any good? Are my characters believable? Am I telling the story the best way I can? For…

Ignoring the “13” in 2013

I already had to write the date on something. I scrawled it out in cursive: January 1, 2013. I’m not typically a superstitious person, though after knowing my friend Jenny for over 20 years, you tend to recognize and feel bad ju-ju right away. (I tell her laughingly all the time that if she put…

On Writing Utter Crap

Last week I wrote a post about struggling with writer’s block. I’ve come to the conclusion that one only has writer’s block when one is writing crap. If the story were good and moving along and the characters had depth and juice, it would be difficult to blame the pause in writing on the story…