Hitting A Rough Patch

* * * I spend a lot of time writing. I spend a lot of time reading. Does this sound like you? It sure as hell sounds like me. Maybe it sounds like you and me and a lot of other people. So, because we, collectively, spend a lot of time reading and a lot…

Scenes from Boston & The Freedom Trail

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, people. I’m sorry about that. I’ve been spending a little bit of time…living. That’s right. I’ve powered down here and there, spent time with family and friends, attended my kids’ sports events, edited my novel, and have enjoyed every single day of my summer break. Last week, after…

What One Week Away From Facebook Taught Me

Last week, we went on vacation. Although it was shortened due to the unfortunate path of Hurricane Arthur, prior to leaving, I deactivated my Facebook account. I wanted to see what it felt like to be disconnected from that form of social media. I stayed on Instagram just to post pictures from vacation, but other…

Fictography #22—Vivi’s Summer

* * * * * * /FICTOGRAPHY/ def. — The intersection of photography (submitted by readers) and fiction (written by me!). The above photograph was taken by a dear friend of mine, Chrissie Werzinsky, in Rome at Piazza Navona. Chrissie works for the Baltimore Orioles, and has for years, which is how we met many…

The Art of Editing

* * * * * I remember finding the copy editing course I took at Towson University grueling. It was a required course during my first master’s program in professional writing. It was tedious and tiring. My eyes grew weary, and eliminating words became a game to me. When the professor told us to get…

Fictography #21 — A Scene in a Bar

* * * * * * /FICTOGRAPHY/ def. — The intersection of photography (submitted by readers) and fiction (written by me!). The above photograph is of the bar at The Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore. Jenny and I concocted the premise of this story together the other night as we observed some interesting behavior at…

Picture Perfect

My daughter and I spent Sunday afternoon at my parents’ house. They live in a beautiful community on the Magothy River, and I decided to take a walk to their community beach that afternoon. With my iPhone in hand, I took some shots. I don’t know if you feel the same way I do about…

Okay. Okay. I’ll Come.

* * * I know what Maya Angelou meant here. There are times when you sit down to write and nothing comes. Then, there are times when your fingers can’t type as quickly as your brain is working, and the fingers have trouble keeping up with the thoughts that barrel through you. We lost a…

How Pinterest Helped With Our Home Renovation

* * * * * * My husband and I are well underway with our exterior home renovation. While what we are doing is by no means “earth shattering,” we are giving our 1973 home some modern updates. In the process, we were extremely lucky to have worked with an architect who truly “listened” to…

Fictography #18: Eat More Bananas

/FICTOGRAPHY/ def. — The intersection of photography (submitted by readers) and fiction (written by me!). With a two-week break from writing this segment because I’ve been up to my eyeballs editing and working on preparing my novel, I’m back today with a piece of fiction. The photo above was taken by my daughter on the…