New Look

I designed a new look for my Rock the Pretty site. Not sure if it's exactly the way I want it yet but it's coming along. Any suggestions and/or feedback would be greatly appreciated.I'm also trying to come up with some new ideas for social media buttons. What do you think would make cute buttons?...more

Writing a Guest Post

Writing guest posts can be a little scary. Writing on your own blog is easier; it's your own personal space. But publishing your writing on someone else's blog for their readers can be intimidating. What if your host blogger dislikes your piece? What if none of her readers comment? Yikes! ...more
 @ThisIsAYes They are time-consuming, especially when it takes time away from writing on your ...more

NaBloPoMo Soup: Add Your April Posts

You have posts and we want to read them. This is a way for people to post a link to their daily April NaBloPoMo posts that they publish on their personal blogs. Please use the linky feature below daily to add your post, and peruse the ones already entered in order to find great things to read as well as support your fellow NaBloPoMo'ers. Bookmark this post so you can use it all month. ...more
If you are a woman over 40, I want you to stop by and let me know how you are doing.  If you are ...more

Don't Be an April Fool: Back Up Your Blog

Yesterday, March 31st, was World Backup Day, a day set aside to remind you of all the horrible things that could befall your blog or photos or documents if you don't make a copy of them... NOW. (Apologies, I had to pause for a moment to run and make copies.) In all seriousness, it's important to have backup copies so if the worst does happen, it's an inconvenience instead of a tragedy. Right now, we're going to walk you through how to do this. ...more
 @nellewrites Absolutely -- back that thing up!more

I Love the Broken Ones

How can you love them?  They are broken, used, discarded, abused, and lost.  It's so much easier to love the ones that are happy, smart, kind, talented, and mature.  How can I love them?  How could I not?  I love the broken ones. ...more

April's Arrival - first NaBloPoMo poem

 April brings memories upon memories for me: Technicolor detail of the last week of one of my best friends’ life. Is it any wonder part of me wishes to sleep through it and wake up in May? Of course, I will be fine once this week is over, but that’s little consolation, as I have to get there first. April’s ArrivalFor some it arrives with hardly a whisperAnother month, the bringer of SpringFor me, it arrives well beforeAccompanied by a siren song...more

Adventures In Motherhood

This weekend feels like one big adventure in motherhood.  I sent my son and four of his buddies off on a spring break camping trip, without adults and with a hatchet and matches and food that could spoil if not cold enough, in our family car, with him driving. I smiled, kissed him on the check, and stood in the driveway waving goodbye as they drove off.... ...more

Take Out That Pen

Several online groups are encouraging people to exchange postcards or let...more

Author, Plagiarize Thyself

Spent most of the day puttering around--it may have involved a blog-reading binge, interrupted only by several chapters in the book I am currently reading, as well as making homemade beef stew and freshly baked bread for dinner. Maybe.  ...more

How Much is Too Much?

I can't be the only one who thinks th...more