Coloring despite the lines

So I’m stuck right now with expanding upon the second act of my WIP. I need more twists, but coming up with plausible events that seem to appear out of nowhere for the reader is tough enough. Mapping it out, starting with one stepping stone before expanding to five, ten, ideas for how to make […]


Please God, help me to accept compassion in my life. Compassion with myself for feeling things that probably aren’t the smartest. Compassion with myself for wanting things that aren’t feasible right now. Compassion with myself for craving touch that likely leads to heartache. Compassion with myself for being open to love despite doubts. Compassion with […]

Story mirrors Life

A good story is about change: a character changing to overcome a difficult situation. It doesn’t matter who the main character is (could be the girl next door; a single-mom baker next to city hall; a sim lab instructor at a medical university; a marine mechanic for the county park system), as long the character […]

Self-love is a Journey

You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love & affection. ~Buddha The pressure of opening up to someone else is like none other, and it’s entirely […]

training wheels

The little one fell off her bike last summer. I was jogging with her along the quiet road behind my condo, and had just slipped ahead to encourage her to speed up. Seconds later I looked back in time to see her veer over the curb and into the street, where she and everything in […]

Act II: more keeper than scrapper?!

My 2013 New Year’s resolution / project was to focus on a writing project — revision, specifically, since my creative spark remains a barely-glowing ember after the past couple of years. On January 1st I pulled my very first draft of my very first completed novel from its cobwebby e-shelf to run it through the […]

Who Am I?

I am my thoughts. I am my dreams. I am my hopes. I am my nightmares. I am my imagination. I am my fears. I am the great potential I seek. I am my world, and my fellow Wanderers. I am my Universe.   Inspired by the Crown Spread — For Finding Yourself “Around the […]

spiritual knee pads

That’s right, folks — today’s the day! No matter if you believe in heaven or hell, angels or ghosts, the power of love or the power of material things… for several thousand years, **TODAY** has been marked as the End of Days. Duh duh ddddduuuuuuuuhhhhh!!!! … per the Mayan calendar, that is. So, whether the […]

logline for the Bible

We’re discussing THE REASON FOR GOD: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Timothy Keller in Sunday School right now. I’m only a few chapters in, but so far it’s given me lots of tasty tidbits to chew on about the existence of God, evil in the world, Jesus’ suffering on humanity’s behalf… Our “homework” […]