Make Writing a Priority

Almost six months ago I sent my query letter to six agents. I'd finished about fifty pages of the novel,  and a writing instructor told me I should submit before I get too far. She was concerned that there may be very little interest in a Mayan-themed paranormal romance. Two of the six requested the … Continue reading Make Writing a Priority

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Writing 20 Minutes Per Day

I've decided to rededicate myself to writing in my blog on a weekly basis. This is probably the seventh time I've made this choice in the five years I've had this blog. Sheesh! Five years! And, this time I'm coming at it with a different angle. I'm taking Len Leatherwood's advice. In her post, The … Continue reading Writing 20 Minutes Per Day

Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article

Don’t let Mother’s Day be the only time you take care of yourself. Mother’s Day was awesome. I don’t know about you, but I had a blast. I asked my husband for help when I got tired. I took an hour to myself to read a trashy novel. I scheduled a massage. I went to … Continue reading Keep the Feeling of Mother’s Day: Ashburn Patch Article

Landscape for a Tick-Free Yard: Ashburn Patch Article

Lyme prevention is a must this season, especially for residents of Loudoun County. The weather has been nuts lately. Thermostats hit 90 degrees back in March. Yet it's almost May now and we're dealing with chilly, windy days. The one constant is that ticks are out full force. Unfortunately we're sitting in the hotbed of … Continue reading Landscape for a Tick-Free Yard: Ashburn Patch Article

Chipping Away Choice: Ashburn Patch Article

A pro-choice, pro-family mom speaks against Virginia's amendment requiring ultrasounds for abortions. I thought about writing something noncontroversial for this month's column—perhaps 99 ways to soothe a fussy baby (I wish I knew!) or Ashburn's unknown toddler artists. But last month, I got angry comments after giving tips for having fun on a day off. … Continue reading Chipping Away Choice: Ashburn Patch Article

Babysit Your Own Kids: Ashburn Patch Article

Pretend you're the babysitter to have a fun, stress-free day off with your own kids. It's the season of useless holidays and snow days (if we ever get a real winter). This used to mean relaxation and down time for me. Since the birth of my son, it means preschool closure and ramped up responsibility. … Continue reading Babysit Your Own Kids: Ashburn Patch Article

Childcare Options in Loudoun: Ashburn Patch Article

There are plenty of choices for childcare for working parents. My son is 3 months old. He can hold his head up, uncurl his fists, reach for objects, laugh, recognize loved ones and roll onto his tummy. He cannot sit up, eat solid food, roll from his tummy to his back or tell me if … Continue reading Childcare Options in Loudoun: Ashburn Patch Article