2018 Writing Sucesses

It’s that time of year again where resolutions start popping up everywhere. I actually enjoy making New Year’s resolutions, but I approach them like any other goal I may make during the year. I know that I won’t be perfect and that they are things to constantly strive towards–not something to just give up on the moment you slip up. Right now, I am participating in children’s author, Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas for Writers. In her video today, she said something that I never thought of before. She believes that most New Year’s resolutions come from a place … Continue reading 2018 Writing Sucesses

Zines Zines Zines!

I just received the first batch of zines for the upcoming Zine Swap! Jazlyn sent me these beautiful little booklets with an illustrated short story.   I’d love to have a few (or a lot) more people participate. Zines are fun and easy to do. The theme is Autumn/Fall. Make a zine of your illustrations. Fill it with poetry. Tell a story. It is up to you! If you’d like more info, check out this post, or email my at slothreads1985@gmail.com Continue reading Zines Zines Zines!

Supporting Authors

I love to read. Always have and hopefully always will. Unfortunately, I cannot afford to buy very many books (thank goodness for libraries). But this leaves me wondering: how I can support my favorite authors? I want them to be successful, so they can continue to feed my habit. https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js I ran across this article a few weeks ago, and it got me thinking. I’m already doing quite a few of the things in the list to support my favorite authors, but I want to do a bit more. So, I’ve decided to do a regular book giveaway. I want the … Continue reading Supporting Authors

Depression Sucks–Part II

This past Saturday, I wrote a post about being in the throes of depression. I wrote it mostly as a way to vent a little and maybe as a way to feel a little better. By Monday, I was on the mend, and today I feel like my normal self. Whee. Who knows how long it’ll last. Could be days (gosh no), weeks (please), or months (wishful thinking). The point is, I am feeling better. But you know something? I now cringe at my post from last week. So much so that I want to just delete it. I feel embarrassed … Continue reading Depression Sucks–Part II

Depression Sucks

Well, that’s a duh statement. Depression. Sucks. Depression can come because of some outside influence: you’re sick, your favorite basketball team lost, you’ve lost your job, someone you know passes away. All of these things and so many uncountable others can send a person spiraling, and in some cases, into an extremely harrowing, down to the bone, sadness. A sadness that, at times, doesn’t seem to want to let go. But what about the depression that decides show up unannounced, walk in the door, hang it’s hat, lounge around on the couch in it’s underwear and eat all your Cheetos … Continue reading Depression Sucks

Books, Movies, and Non-Newtonian Fluids

Two months into the year and I am already behind in my reading. February was an all around slow month. I felt like I was moving through a non-Newtonian fluid most of the time. But we all have rough patches, so hopefully I’ll perk up a bit and get some more writing and reading done. Of all the books I read in February, I can definitely say that James Herriot’s All Things Bright and Beautiful was my favorite (it’s the only book I finished last month). I loved the 1st book in the series and the 2nd was just as … Continue reading Books, Movies, and Non-Newtonian Fluids

Devious Distractions

I’ve been thinking a lot about what distracts me from writing. Hmmm…I guess thinking about what distracts me from writing is also distracting me from writing, but that’s not the point. The exercise showed me that 90% of the time, it is my own internal struggles that keep me from getting my big butt in the chair to write. I came up with 3 main categories of devious distractions. Unexpected Necessities -10% 1st, the external 10%. These are things that arise that I hadn’t planned but that I have little control over. My 3 month-old decides to  take a 15 … Continue reading Devious Distractions

John’s on a Jet

My amazing husband, John, flew up to the SCBWI Winter Conference in NYC this weekend. I am super excited for him. Yeah, and maybe a little bit jealous. He loves NYC in the winter and seeing how they just got dumped on, I am sure that he is happily freezing his butt off. I’ve watched John over the last few months work so hard to hone is illustrating craft and to prep for the conference. I hope that all his prep pays off and he is able to have an enjoyable time and make some good contacts. I can’t wait … Continue reading John’s on a Jet

Love Is Stronger Than Strong

Tonight, as I put my 6yo to bed, I asked her what makes our family good? What makes it strong? She looked at me and smiled in a way that implied “Silly Mommy, that’s SO easy.” I asked her what she thought and she replied: “Mom, love is stronger than strong. We love each other.” My heart could have burst right then and there. She gets it. Love is what makes us strong—as individuals, as families, as communities, as a nation, as the whole of humanity. Not divisiveness. Not looking within—to numero uno. We are strong when we look to … Continue reading Love Is Stronger Than Strong

Too Much Filler Crap

Back in January, I noticed that Goodreads had the option of setting up a personal reading challenge for the year. I thought, “Yeah! That would be great.” So I set my goal for 52. Easy peasy–a mere book per week. Now here I am, in week 39, and I have completed 24 books. What the heck? //giphy.com/embed/i9nkolRQgbN9C I guess I’m not too far behind–I only have to read about 1.8 books a week for the remainder of the year. Still though, I look at some of my friends and I think “How on earth do they have the time to … Continue reading Too Much Filler Crap