Progress Update (with Pics!)

I've had my head down, trying to make something happen over here, and since it's been a while I thought you might like an update.

Serendipity, Signs, and Skirts

You know how the skirt that I'm making is going to have box pleats? Well, after much research this weekend about fabrics, elastic, and sewing in general, it occurred to me that I should look up how to sew box pleats. My first search result pulled up this great tutorial from Miranda from the blog… Continue reading Serendipity, Signs, and Skirts

Launch Yourself on Every Wave

I finally have a plan, and this is it.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Here are a few of the things that have been making me happy lately . . .

Rainy Days

Some days the gray clouds won't budge.

Apartment Therapy!

Yesterday afternoon I was searching for dinner recipes on my phone (trying to figure out what on earth to do with these little Korean rice tube things called duk that my youngest son keeps talking about ever since his grandma served them to him months ago), when my phone tweet-tweeted at me that I had… Continue reading Apartment Therapy!

Where I Am

A quick check-in on where I'm at these days and I where I am (maybe? possibly? who knows, really) going

Inspired: Ira Glass on Persevering

Ira Glass on creative people and why they have such a hard time persevering in their work

A New Mission

I've always wanted to write for a magazine. If I can't make that happen, I realized, I should BECOME a magazine. But what sort of magazine, with what sort of topics, and for what sort of reader? And how can I sum it all up in 30 words or less?

Website Makeover

Ta da! I've been working on my site, as you can see. What do you think? I got the idea to makeover my blog so that it looks more like a website nearly a year and a half ago, I guess. At first I was being all perfectionistic and picky about the details (shocker). I… Continue reading Website Makeover

The Trouble(s) with Being Authentic

I feel a strong pull to be authentic to my true self, but I often end up going along with the crowd. It seems as though I'm caught between pain from being inauthentic, or pain from being different. But are these really my only two options?

Running Scared

Apart from my husband and kids, not a single part of my adult life has ever come close to feeling as right as the time I spent working on that book. So why, oh why, did the words go away? And will they ever come back?

A Season of Doing Without

I haven't written a blog post in an eternity. Luckily this is due to nothing more calamitous than it being winter, when the trees find themselves with no leaves and I apparently find myself with no words. But a canopy of yellow-green now lines the street to my daughter's school, so I too will start… Continue reading A Season of Doing Without

I Feel Like a Blob of Dough, and It’s Not Just From Eating Too Many Cookies

I have spent yesterday and today working on my book, which feels great because I haven't written anything in something like a month. December is the worst for creativity, I've decided. It's all gobbled up by the Christmas monster. (And if you try to tell me that Christmas is not a monster, then I say… Continue reading I Feel Like a Blob of Dough, and It’s Not Just From Eating Too Many Cookies

Step Over Step

A novel looms as large as Kilimanjaro, but I'm tired of being afraid, so I'm trying my best to shake off the fear.