What Made Me Write Again

Writing advice

I hope I'm not about to jinx myself, but I'm writing again. Yesterday, I passed 10,000 words on my 2nd draft of my novel, and it's finally starting to feel like I've got some momentum. It's finally starting to feel like I've found my character's voice again, and it's a great feeling. I think I … Continue reading What Made Me Write Again

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Writer’s Block is All About Letting Go

Writing retreat

Sometimes, it's really difficult for me to actually sit down and write a blog post. If you are a regular reader (is anyone out there?), you might have noticed this. I aim to post on Mondays every week -- some weeks that doesn't happen. Last week, for example,I posted on Wednesday. The week before -- … Continue reading Writer’s Block is All About Letting Go

It Can Wait

This view is everything

I have spent my entire life uttering the phrase "I can't wait until _______" I can't wait until college. I can't wait until graduation. I can't wait until I can quit this job. I can't wait until I'm a full-time writer. I  can't wait for a house, for a relationship, for trips, for my big … Continue reading It Can Wait

27 Trips Around the Sun

Lake Erie Sunset

Yesterday was my birthday. 27 trips around the sun. When I think about a birthday in that context, it sounds like a really, really long time. I still feel young, like I’ve got so many things to learn, and yet 27 trips around the sun is many. We are so lucky, as contemporary humans on … Continue reading 27 Trips Around the Sun

Future Fears

New York Sunset

I've been thinking a little too much about the future. Or rather, the distant future. It’s been almost too easy lately to get caught in thought spirals that lead me to wondering how I managed to start working a random office job instead of working as a full time writer or wonder why I don't … Continue reading Future Fears

She Was Our Cat

Black and white cat

She was our cat. We loved her. These are the words that keep running through my head, like I need to qualify her existence to the world. Like I need to keep repeating it, over and over, so that people will understand, so that they will believe me. She was our cat. We loved her. … Continue reading She Was Our Cat

Conversations with Strangers

Atlanta Airport

When I left from Florida two weeks ago both my brother and my sister in law were at work, so I had to call a Lyft. I’ve used Lyft a lot but usually while riding with friends and certainly never for an hour-long ride. I had a lot of apprehensions about getting into a car … Continue reading Conversations with Strangers

Bookcon/New York City Recap

Writer reading

My New York trip started out with a bit of a hiccup. On Monday before we left (we were to arrive on Friday), I went to double check on information for our Airbnb. We had booked the perfect place – in Brooklyn but not too far of a ride to the Javitt’s Center, where we … Continue reading Bookcon/New York City Recap

The Movement of Travel

Mary E Nolte

I took a few weeks off of blogging because I was wrapped up in traveling. My trip to New York City for BookCon completely overtook my brain for the week leading up to it, and then the week after I couldn't seem to get back my energy and just didn't end up writing at all. … Continue reading The Movement of Travel

Stop Sabotaging Yourself

Forget me nots

I have realized in these past few weeks that I can be my own worst enemy. Let's back up. This past year or so, I've been working really hard on many creative projects. I've been writing a lot. On this blog, in my novel, on Instagram (yes, I count that as writing). I opened an … Continue reading Stop Sabotaging Yourself