In early fall of 2018, I decided to use the sewing machine I received as a Christmas gift in 2017 to make a wedding quilt for my daughter and her husband.It would be my first attempt at a quilt, and of course I picked a complicated pattern. It took me almost two months to complete. … Continue reading Tapping into My Creative Brain a Different Way
Category: Life Journey Journal
As 2019 approached, I found myself melancholy as I reflected on all the major events and milestones in 2018. So many amazing things happened (so many I might forget one or two) -- my older daughter's second pregnancy announcement my other daughter getting engaged and getting married planning and executing a wedding in 6 months … Continue reading Will 2019 Be the Year I Finally Simplify and Enjoy Life?
Maybe it's because I'm the mom and he's my son, but I had no idea it would be so hard to watch my boy leave home. After all, his sisters have been on their own for years and they are doing amazing. So, why did the smallest thought of him being on his own bring … Continue reading When the Third One Left the Nest – The Differences Between Sons and Daughters
I have a memory of sitting at the dining room table when I was seven years old. And though I'm sure the exact details are muddled and inaccurate, the moment would define the course of the rest of my life: My mom sat across from me at the other end of the table, distracted by … Continue reading How My Parents’ Divorce Led to Writing a Novel at Age 11 – Wounds to Wins Series
I use the question "what if" as a brainstorming tool for possible plot ideas for future novels. But another question it's harder to answer, but can make for a great dramatic story is, "What am I afraid of?" For my WIP "A Desperate Housewife" the question I had asked was what is my greatest fear … Continue reading What are you afraid of? Walking through to the other side of fear — in fiction and real life