I hate bathing suit shopping. There are some things that for the most part designers and consumers seem to agree upon--we get a plethora of shirt options and dresses, undies and bras. But jeans and bathing suits for whatever reason always make me wonder how they do their market research? Do they visit an Oracle? … Continue reading Bathing Suited For What?
Here in the US, spring has arrived! The trees are mating! Bugs are being born! Flowers are blooming! My wardrobe is very confused about the number of appropriate layers! All of that aside, it's also the start of the marathon of weddings, baby showers and other fetes. I love weddings and celebrating new humans and … Continue reading Please Just Tell Me What To Get You
I want you to imagine you're on a sidewalk. Are you: a. On auto-pilot, listening to your ear buds, more or less staying with the crowd b. noticing things around you like what someone is wearing or the dog out for a walk c. assessing everything around you for potential threats I think most of … Continue reading Doggos, Sherlock, and the OODA Loop
There was a brief period when I was a kid where everyone wanted to be multitaskers. "I can multi-task," the business people would say, palm pilot in one hand and coffee mug in another. Teachers started breaking up segments of instruction into smaller chunks, and sensory stimulus were included in our lessons. It was glorious. … Continue reading So, Are You Single (Tasking)?
Today I have: Cleaned the kitchen Read a bunch Put a corned beef in a crock pot Taken three naps I realize this may be taking "lazy Sunday" a bit far, but I've had a very active couple of days and, unfortunately, a few nights more active than I'd like, so today I'm doing my … Continue reading The Quiet (Wo)Man
"No one has a real conversation anymore." "No one knows how to cook anymore." "No one respects tradition anymore." "No one just lets me say offensive things anymore." If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times--my generation is killing all that is good and sacred. Apparently we're the Apocalypse incarnate, and where … Continue reading Millenials Are Killing Manners
I'm writing! Things are being written! Hope to have the first draft done this month! So, I shall take a break from fiction and talk about reality in fiction again. I want to bring up trauma again, and most specifically how it's not any of our damn business how people handle it. This was making the … Continue reading The Sensitivity Police: How Not To Be A Jerk
I have so many things I want to write about, but I had my circadian rhythm inverted yesterday and I can't do the words out loud today. Here is a summary of my week: -I would pay so much money for unlimited skillet cornbread -Epic does not mean confusing AF -Brain weasels should be banned … Continue reading The Brain Won’t Do The Thing Today
The last two weeks I've talked about comforting people and setting boundaries. Rest assured, this is still a blog about writing and books. So, what do those things have to do with writing? This is about character studies, babe. I've talked before about how I hate when cruelty is short hand for identifying the bad … Continue reading Better Ways to Be Bad
Book update: It is still made of words and growing wordier. It is doing this slowly because I am realizing it needs different words in other places, too, and I'm adding those as I realize they're not there. Boom. Done. Now let's talk about a real thing and stop worrying about who's a year over … Continue reading I’d Advise Not Giving Advice, If You Asked Me, Which You Have Not