An Update and the Plot Overview of Little Milestones – Coming Soon

Right now, my beta readers are looking over the draft of Little Milestones. I am reading the manuscript again, as well, for the hundredth time. As well, I’ve started to create some of my marketing materials for the book. For those of us in the trenches as independent authors, it’s a never-ending cycle of book…

When Did You First Fall in Love…with someone & with reading?

* My mother recalls my disconnect as a young kid with books. “You were too busy doing other things–you were a doer.” This statement comes despite my mother’s genuine love for books and reading and the library. If ever there is a role model for someone who likes to read, it’s my mother. She’s been…

Thankfulness, Doug Flutie, and The Power of Love

The scent of a familiar cologne wafting into the room. An old song playing on the radio. The smell of spaghetti sauce cooking on the stove, the aroma of garlic filling the air. A black and white photograph of your great-grandparents and grandparents in a photo album together, smiling. These things remind us of people,…

Adjusting the Relationships Around You

Today’s wise words come from Earl Purdy. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this particular quote: Whenever you make a shift in your consciousness there will be three shifts with the people/relationships around you: The people who leave because you no longer serve the purpose they wanted you for, the…

A Piece of Short Fiction For Fiction Friday: “Time”

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any short creative fiction that I’m working on, and that’s primarily because I haven’t been working on any short fiction. I’ve been working on writing a novel, but all this talk about creativity in the classroom this week caused this story to pop into my head. It doesn’t…

Relation-Ship Out

Remember when you were little and your parents or caregiver told you to “find the right friends” and hang around with others who have common interests—ultimately people who make you feel good about yourself and keep you from getting into trouble? They were spot on, you see. When you allow other people to infect your…