The Thing That Connects Us

*** I was sitting here staring at a blank cursor knowing what I wanted to write but not knowing exactly how to say it. Then I remembered studying writer James Baldwin during my first master’s degree, and thought of his quote: “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the…

Well, it’s been a while…

I just opened up my blog to check the date of my last blog posting. It was almost a month ago on September 3. I’ve been a little MIA on this platform, something I’ve dedicated myself to since 2011 by making the commitment to posting a minimum of once a week. For the last several…

Finding Inspiration

As someone who writes fiction as my side job, I seek inspiration, either from other people or from places. Additionally, as a writer who is about to publish my 4th novel, I use places almost as I use characters in my novel—they must have a personality and purpose.  Setting is very important to me, and…

Writing About Grief

To tell you the truth, I’m not sure why two of my books have focused on grief. I can only tell you that I probably write about it because I have the utmost respect for people who are able to cope with grief well. Losing someone is so hard—unimaginable, even—especially when we love someone so…

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…

Creating a Capsule Wardrobe To Simplify and Change Your Life

Okay, ladies…I think I’ve finally had the epiphany I’ve been waiting for. I am ready to streamline and downsize my work wardrobe. Who wants to do the same? Those pictures of me above are from three years ago when I attempted this endeavor the first time, but then fell off the wagon. I’m ready to…

Recipe of the Week: Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts, Grapes & Onion

This week’s recipe is a quick, yet tasty, and is a somewhat light meal that’s perfect for summertime. The surprise ingredient in this recipe is the grapes, and how they taste alongside the other ingredients after roasting in the oven. YUM! And the added bonus is that it’s really easy… Orecchiette with Brussels Sprouts, Grapes…

Recipe of the Week: The 3-Ingredient Ice Cream Cake

Do you have friends popping by for a quick visit? The kids want to host their friends after dinner for dessert? It’s a hot summer day and you just need something cool, but the Carvel store doesn’t have your favorite flavor? No worries, my friends. I’ve got you covered. In the summertime, you should always…

Scientists Say This Helps You Look Sexy

What’s the last book you’ve read cover to cover and LOVED? If you can’t answer this question, maybe you’re not reading enough. And if you’re not reading enough, you may not be getting the benefits of reading, which include these scientific facts below. Reading makes you more empathic Reading helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease Reading makes…