Drudgery

          According to Dictionary.com: drudg·er·y /ˈdrəj(ə)rē/ noun hard menial or dull work. “domestic drudgery” Synonyms:  hard work, menial work, donkey work, toil, toiling, labor, hard/sweated labor, chores, plodding That’s the way these edits feel. They feel like beating a dead horse. I know the changes are necessary, the book will be better for them and I’m growing as a…

5 Tips to Regain Your Focus

Focus is a constant topic of discussion in our house. As the frazzled mother of a non-neurotypical child, we spend time every single day discussing focus and helping her learn focus.  Over the last however many years since her diagnosis, I’ve come to realize that I can learn a lot from her, too. And I…

Show Me Monday

Show me the book that made you fall in love with reading. I have two. Both series. The first, from when I was a little girl: The Bobbsey Twins. I adored those books. I checked them out one after another from the library. Two or three a week sometimes. I read the series, and then…

Cons and Other Things

I was not looking forward to The Great New Orleans Mulligan. The Big Easy did not deserve a second chance. Brief recap of trip number one: Day One – I stepped in a puddle of piss on the sidewalk at 9 AM. It splashed all over my foot and up my leg. It only went downhill…

Show Me Monday

Welcome to Show Me Monday, Library Edition. I know not everyone has space for an actual library, but I feel like it’s safe to say that everyone reading this has a hoard of books stashed somewhere in their space. At my old house, I had two shelves crammed between two doors in my bedroom-that-was-actually-a-living-room because…

Book Rec – Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Welcome to Book Rec of the Month – the place where we, your inkers, will tell you what book you should read, and why. My book rec is actually more like an author rec. You guys need to be reading Tarryn Fisher. Like, need to be reading her. Her books are gritty and deep, kind…

Grasping at Straws

The hardest thing you have to do as a writer is write when the words don’t want to come. To write through the blocks, and the slogs, and push out the terrible, terrible, terrible bouts of seven-adjective’d prose so purple it’s gone plum. And the paragraphs made up of sixteen sentences that average four words…

Finding the Silver Lining

One of the things I learned early in my writing journey is to avoid going crazy, to stave off paranoia, you have to find the silver lining. It’s a matter of changing your perspective and digging deeper than the surface. Below you’ll find six of the most helpful things I’ve learned in my decade of…

Caribbean Brews

In January, the hubs and I went on a work related vendor trip. It’s an annual trip and this year we went on an eight-day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas. We hit St. Kitts, St. Thomas and Nassau. The cruise was fun, but my favorite part of the trip was trying the…

Small Victories Friday

We’re launching a new feature here on the TI blog – Small Victories Friday. We all have the propensity for focusing on the negative. Sometimes it’s introspection, sometimes it depression. Sometimes we’re just having a shitty week and it feels like it’s all piling on at once. Small Victories Friday is a reminder to look…