Autumn, is that you?

We turned off the air conditioner yesterday and opened the windows, as temps peaked in the comfortable high 70s with a lazy breeze. We kept them open as we slept last night, drifting off to the sound of crickets and tinkling wind chimes. We woke this morning to chilly toes and arms sticking outside the…

Spires Virtual Reading on September 20th

Good morning, world. I’ve got some fun news for your Monday morning! My writing group, the Frederick Writers’ Salon, is hosting a virtual reading on Sunday, September 20th from 3:30-4:45 p.m. for our latest anthology, In the Shadow of the Spires: A Collection of Noir Tales from the Frederick Writers’ Salon. Join our talented authors…

Nurturing Non-Writing Hobbies

By a show of hands, who here today is a writer who fits their passion for storytelling into the spare spaces of their life? *raises hand* Yeah, me too! In fact, there was a time when writing was ALL I did during my free time because it was all I wanted to do. I was…

Why I Don’t Review Books as a Writer

One of the most important ways to support an author—aside from buying their book—is to review the book online at sites like Goodreads, Amazon, or LibraryThing. Reviews give books “street cred” in that the more reads and valid reviews a book has, the more it appeals to potential readers as a quality published work. Of…

How To Establish (Small) Normals

Routine is the essence of normality, and normality is the foundation of security.  That loss of routine–as many people transition from daily commutes and public-facing work schedules to telework, stay-at-home orders, and even layoffs–can compound our (very valid) fears of this deadly global pandemic and the ensuing economic chaos. It’s helpful in times like these…

Monthly Mental Munchies: March 2020

This March has lasted a millennium, hasn’t it? It’s not just me, right? Not only did we have to contend with five—count them, FIVE—Mondays this month, but a horrifying pandemic and nationwide near-lockdown has been added to the mix. Nothing stretches out time like seclusion and boredom. It’s a good thing we live in a…