Brew Review – All Pints North

If you’ve ever been to a beer fest, you know how it goes – you go in with the intentions of trying as many beers as possible and yet, two hours in, you can barely figure out where your phone is, much less remember to take photos of the beer. Then you decide to sit…

Small Victories Friday

I am editing Shenanigans for probably the seventh or eighth ( and hopefully final) time – and I don’t mean seven or eight drafts. I edit in ‘batches’, so I’ll edit two or three ‘drafts’ of the same book each time I edit. Then I need a break from the book. All of this in…

Back to school…

I’m hoping that means back to routine for me. Like most children, I function better with a routine, but somehow, even after decades of practice being an adult, I am incapable of creating a routine for myself without an outside influence – like school. Getting out of bed in the morning is hopeless, if I’m…

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…