Of Bullies and the Lasting Impact of Words: Why Trying EVER Skincare Seemed Like a Hard Thing To Do

“Self-conscious” means to have undue awareness of one’s self, one’s appearance, or one’s actions. I remember the day self-consciousness replaced self-confidence. In 4th grade I was a rough and tumble woods girl, living in … [Read More...]

Dreams as Plot Lines

I discovered something interesting about writing as a practice this week. First, my disciplined habit: It's my practice to get up early, usually around  5 or 5:30, in order to write in a quiet house before our days get started. … [Read More...]

Novel Notes: Creating a Scene Plan

5 scenes in I can already tell a spreadsheet scene plan is going to be a powerful tool for me to use.  I think I got the idea from Novel Writing for Dummies, though I'm not positive; I've got several help-books going at once. By … [Read More...]

Understanding My “Why”

I love ideas. I like the strategic and efficient use of resources. I deeply value connectivity and relationships. I love words and people, eye contact and "aha" moments. I pour these passions into my pursuits. I do it through … [Read More...]

Makerspaces: Designing an Art Room and Writing Studio

Macaroni stuck to construction paper. The minty taste of glue paste. Rows of crayons with perfectly smooth conical tips and that that little flat end on the tippy top. Those were some of my first art supply memories. I was born … [Read More...]

On Making: Ancestral Creativity

Heading out my front door as a child I had great choices.  I could turn towards the right through the yard and maze of rose bushes, to the tree house, back fields, or tiger lilies. If I went straight ahead I could climb the pines, … [Read More...]

We are all the same.

On the way home from driving the carpool to school today, I was listening to our local public radio station’s morning show, First Coast Connect. They were discussing the ongoing struggle to get Jacksonville’s Human Rights … [Read More...]