Monthly Mental Munchies: October 2019

Wait…what happened to October? One moment, I’m saying “Ah, I have the entire month to put out Halloween decorations.” And now, here it is the day before Halloween, and we have not a single witch or pumpkin in our house. Shameful. My spouse and I have also agreed to bail on the neighborhood trick-or-treating ritual…

Welcome to Fall!

Welcome to Fall! If you’re in the northern hemisphere (and more specifically in the northern stretch of North America) I think you can safely pull out your scarves, sweaters, and tall leather boots, because I don’t see temps higher than the 70s in the extended forecast.  More leaves cover the ground than they do the…

KMBM: Posters!

Posters—the wallpaper of our youth. Whether purchased in rolled tubes from the local Wal-Mart or liberated from the center of Tiger Beat magazine, attaching images of favorite bands, actors, and movies to bedroom walls with thumbtacks or scotch tape is a time-honored tradition. An impermanent rite of passage from adolescent to young adult, you might…

The On-Fire/Burnout Cycle of a Writer

Summer is my hyperactive period for creative productivity. The sun and warmth fuel me, like I’m bathing in endorphins that my body synthesizes into pure motivation. This energy rush spurred me to take on multiple writing projects this past season, most of which I’ve completed or am in the process of wrapping up. I’m proud…

Labor Day 2019

To All Those Who… …Hold down steady nine-to-five, Monday through Friday jobs with no weekends. …Work shifts so complicated, they must follow a schedule to keep them straight. …Toil away at highly physical yet mentally monotonous jobs. …Drudge through desk-bound yet cerebrally complicated jobs.

KMBM: Bookmarks!

If one were to subscribe to the motto printed on one of my teen daughter’s shirts, they’d know that bookmarks are for quitters. Oh yes, only those faint of eye and encumbered by a weak need for sleep would employ bookmarks in their reading journeys. They’re like little paperboard crutches for those not strong enough…

Are you a writer or a Writer?

What makes a writer a writer? Social media and the interwebs are filled with decrees and passionate rebuttals on this exact topic. Some fall into the camp of “a writer must write every day” while others insist that if you write—no matter how often or little—you are a writer if you consider yourself one. I…