Conversations With My Daughter

Several years ago, I would write posts about conversations I had with my daughter, Ellie, when she was younger. Some of them are hilarious, like when she thought I was actually having breakfast with Michael Buble and when she told me women could be anything they wanted, just not priests. I’ve provided some links to…

Deciding to Be A Hallmark Movie in Annapolis, Not Just Watch One

* Last night, my college roommate and dear friend, Elizabeth, and I took to the streets of Annapolis for the annual Parade of Lights. Our husbands were engaged otherwise, and so we were on our own. A resident of Shady Side, south of Annapolis her whole adult life, she had never been to see the…

#NaNoWriMo Tribe: Proud of Us as the Finish Line Approaches

  I know this doesn’t mean a lot to many people, but for the few of us who adore telling stories, I’m very proud of you. I wouldn’t be much good to anyone as a writing cheerleader if I didn’t actually participate in National Novel Writing Month and help encourage others to do the same….

FROCKTOBER Fashion- Week 3 Recap

For the better part of this week, I was sick with a bad head cold, and yet, I made it to all of my classes and meetings. I don’t like to disappoint my students and will show up unless I have a fever or have flu-like symptoms. That’s my game plan. It was a busy…

Fiction Friday – 30 Years Later

THIRTY YEARS LATER Kate crossed her legs and swallowed hard. She looked at her feet and wondered if the shoes were right. She played with the bracelet around her wrist and looked around the smokey bar, the sound of a cheesy Bryan Adams song filling in where conversations dragged. She wondered why she had ever…

Meeting Mitch Albom Was A Dream Come True For This Indie Author

My Bucket List of Writers I Would Like To Meet (in no particular order) Elizabeth Gilbert (heard her talk; did not meet) Jeannette Walls (heard her talk; did meet) Mitch Albom (heard him talk; did meet) Charles Dickens (impossible; dead) Jane Austen (impossible; dead) Rosamunde Pilcher (elderly, no longer writing or traveling) Steve Martin (still working…

Welcome To #FROCKTOBER: What It’s All About

​​ ​​​ ​ Today is the first day of #FROCKTOBER. FROCKTOBER | Day 1 “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson This month is all…

What the Frock? I’ll Tell You What I’m Frocking Up To This Month.

Welcome, October. I’m very excited to see you again. You are one of my favorite months of the year. First, because autumn is my favorite season, and second because we get to mix a love of fashion with building awareness for Ovarian Cancer, an ailment my colleague and friend, Chris Noya, continues to fight and…

Take Me To Portwenn…Doc Martin’s Village

If you picked me up today and plucked me in the picturesque and intimate village of Portwenn, the fictional Cornish fishing town depicted in the British television series Doc Martin, I would be able to converse with the locals, know where to eat, visit Mrs. Tishell to purchase my vitamins, and, if I ever fell…

Gearing Up for #Frocktober and #NaNoWriMo

October = #Frocktober November = #NaNoWriMo As this will be the third year Steph’s Scribe has participated in #Frocktober, and the second year we’re partnering with the Stevenson University Library to present #NaNoWriMo, we’ve got a lot of planning and work ahead of us. There are outfits to pick out and novels to work on….

Please, Do Not Call Yourself A Writer, Unless…

I’m a writer. I can say that now. I’ve written four fiction books and one academic textbook with my colleagues. It annoys me when people say they are writers when they are not. Have you written something today? Then you are a writer. Did you write something yesterday? Then you are a writer. You can’t…

We’re Always Getting Ready to Live But Never Living

“We’re always getting ready to live, but never living.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson I picked up this little, tiny, tiny book at the library last week called “The Law of Attraction Plain and Simple: Create the Extraordinary Life That You Deserve” by Sonia Ricotti. I can’t explain what made me grab it and check it…