Accepting Change

I’ve been told my Patch column, “A Discerning Eye,” needs to change its subject to all things Mommy. Some people would be annoyed with this. After all, I had a perfectly good column that was enjoying a decent readership - especially since Patch owner, AOL, has done no advertising for its Patch sites. I could … Continue reading Accepting Change

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Random Priorities

This morning, I woke up full of promise. I was going to finish writing the chapter summaries for my memoir, begin an SEO keyword analysis for my new client, and review writing posts from my book proposal classmates. I also planned to write a blog post. Each of these tasks is a necessity. Here's what … Continue reading Random Priorities

Gratitude: It’s Not Just For Thanksgiving

Last week, I attended the Northern Virginia Business Women’s Conference. All of the speakers were inspiring and enlightening, but one stood out above the others. Carolyn Adams Miller gave a speech on happiness at the end of the day that seemed targeted to me personally. And, maybe you, too. Happiness is a topic that has … Continue reading Gratitude: It’s Not Just For Thanksgiving

When I Grow Up: Notes on the Girl Effect

This post is a slight departure from my usual notes about writing and/or mental illness. It's inspired by Tara Sophia Mohr's entry on the Girl Effect: “The Girl Effect” is a powerful idea: by investing in girls in the developing world, we make an incredibly effective investment in eradicating poverty, creating thriving communities, and slowing … Continue reading When I Grow Up: Notes on the Girl Effect

Cloning Myself …or Tips for Productivity when You’ve Stretched Yourself Too Thin

So, I was thinking I really need to clone myself. Right now, I’d like to have three extra versions of myself, similar to the movie Multiplicty starring Michael Keaton. Cloning Myself Clone One would do all of my online marketing. She’d handle my two contracts, attend networking events, tweet generously on my business account, and … Continue reading Cloning Myself …or Tips for Productivity when You’ve Stretched Yourself Too Thin

Happily Failing at NaNoWriMo

This is my first year attempting NaNoWriMo. It’s actually my first year taking writing seriously. It’s always been a personal thing for me. Oh, I majored in English in college, studied under some phenomenal writing professors including Lucille Clifton and Debbie Pope, and have had a handful of poems published in national journals. I’ve been … Continue reading Happily Failing at NaNoWriMo

Reminder from Rilke

So, I need to remind myself of this verse by Rilke yet again: I beg you… to have patience with everything unresloved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.  Don't search for the answers, which could not be … Continue reading Reminder from Rilke