Writing: The Raw and the Cooked

We all hear about how to improve our diets by eating unprocessed, “cleaner,” whole foods. Similarly, allowing ourselves to write “raw,” to release our fresh, unprocessed voices onto the page, can bring a boost of energy and a new sense of authenticity to our work. ...more
This gave me chills. Amazing post. Crazy truthful. I loved it. I'm definitely going to keep this ...more

It's too early to feel defeated

It is day 4 of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), wherein those who are taking on the crazy challenge will complete 50,000 words in 30...more
ForTheLoveOfLivin Yes, good thing that was only in the imagination. I do have an outline. I have ...more

The Romance of NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo

There is an amalgam of optimism and insanity in signing up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo).  Both are month-long self-challenges that could, possibly, cause a writer to form a Good Habit: writing every day....more
Hailey Reede What user name did you use for NaNo? I looked for you, but couldn't find you. :( If ...more

NaBloPoMo+NaNoWriMo=I Write For T-Shirts

Happy Calendar Day! It is November 1st.A lot happens in November. And people celebrate this month in lots of different ways.You'll see some folks participating in Thankfulness Challenges--taking pictures of different things they are thankful for, posting what they are thankful for daily in honor of Thanksgiving....more
Happy Birthday, mommyverbs!  I, too, have embraced both NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo.  Best wishes! ...more

November is NaBloPoMo

What? What the heck is NaBloPoMo? Well, it’s the National Blog Post Month after the National Writing Month designed to get people thinking and working on their writing and creativity. Since I seem to have more time on my hands right now, I’ve taken the plunge and will be posting daily during the month of November....more

Love Hate Relationship: Hello, Blog

I have a love hate relationship that I must address.Hello, friend. The last time that I saw you was a little sad. Life felt heavy. I was having trouble finding funny. I needed a break from this. I could lie to you and say it's not you, that it's me; however, a true friend does not lie. It is tough love time....more

Why I No Longer Obsess Over LinkedIn Publishing

 Photo: Flickr, "Writers Block" by Jonno Witts The Day I Was Invited To Publish...more

Pauline Confesses and The World Keeps Turning

Early morning clouds mixed with windblown dust decorate the sky near the mouth of the Kern River Canyon just northeast of Bakersfield, California. Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission....more

Blog Serenity, Now!

Oh Gods of Cyberspace, grant me the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,the courage to change what can be changed,and the wisdom to blog the difference - slightly bastardized version of the Serenity Prayer...more

Why You Should Kinda Stop Saying This Word

“Kinda,” as in “kind of,” or its cousin, “sorta,” has become a staple of our professional vernacular. In presentations, meetings, and conference calls, “kinda” and “sorta” add a comforting conversational lilt, and can serve as less irritating filler devices than “uhs” and “ums.” But while the occasional “er” might be merely distracting or slightly irritating, using “kinda” and “sorta” can actually detract from your message, change your meaning, and even impact your listeners’ confidence in your material. Here’s why....more