Essays: All of them

Off the rails

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a bitch. I was trying for something more academic sounding, but let’s face it, I’m not on that plane today. Nope, today is one of those days where I’m just trying to figure out where I put my sh*t. Or, more accurately, where I lost it. I know when. … Continue reading Off the rails

Book Review: The Sons of Mil

If you are a fan of epics, Celtic myth, or simply good storytelling, The Sons of Mil, L.M. Riviere’s debut novel is a welcome outing. From a diverse group of characters, the author weaves a tale of complex politics, the brutal conditions in fictional Innisfail, treachery, and a quest for redemption.

For my brother

Duane Robert Stewart October 16, 1964 – January 18, 2021 My brother died today and I wept for him, for us. For all the warm words we never exchanged, For all the jealousy we held for each other, For all the times pain was our only contact, For the words of hurt, For the thefts, … Continue reading For my brother

Touching base

Well, January 2021 certainly led off with a bang. I still see things on the horizon of concern. I’m trying very hard NOT to focus on those. Instead, I am head-down in editing my second novel while waiting somewhat patiently for my first novel to have a pre-order date. I’m also trying to remind myself … Continue reading Touching base

Picking up Clues: January 6, 2021

Holiday break is over. That means I am back at the keys. You can’t see me but I’m over here shaking my head because of the events in the US in the past 24 hours. I’m reading all my various news feeds and still head shaking. It’s mystifying – why are all these people acting … Continue reading Picking up Clues: January 6, 2021

Everyone else is just too tall

Several years ago I was introduced to the idea of “the culture of character” and its near opposite “the culture of personality.” Before I plunge into today’s societal navel-gazing it is worth the time to look at and define these two types of social structures. They may appear to some people to be synonymous. Other … Continue reading Everyone else is just too tall

In the can.

CPTSD is a strange thing to grow up with. Even stranger to live with once you know you have it. For Example: My latest InstagramPost- There it is the manuscript for Book 4 in the Unhomed series. Still debating titles. I do like to stick with one word – but this particular word is proving … Continue reading In the can.

Thanksgiving, rewritten

As many of my readers will know, Thanksgiving is not my favorite holiday. Putting my family together with the expectations of a celebration to rival the covers of the Saturday Evening Post never worked out well. It was more like a production of The Crucible. For many years, and I know I’m not alone in … Continue reading Thanksgiving, rewritten

Two paths diverged in a yellow wood

I love the poem The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost which contains the line used for the title. The simple idea that we all face choices that define our lives. Those choices can be momentous or tiny. They can be so small that at the time we didn’t notice that we had made a … Continue reading Two paths diverged in a yellow wood

Yes, I’m Afraid of Twitter

Twitter scares the ever loving bejeezzus out of me.  I can’t think of a better TED talk than this one to demonstrate why that is so. When Online Shaming Spirals Out of Control. Yet, writers seem almost compelled to put up a social media presence.  From my admittedly very early days in this pool, it … Continue reading Yes, I’m Afraid of Twitter

Christmas Consumerism – Be Gone!

It’s November. 2020. Covid. Trump. Systemic racism. Out-right racism. Police brutality. Did I mention pandemic? You know, I’m already tired. I was seeing Christmas candy in the grocery store before Halloween. Before. It was like the entire world said – Hey if we can’t go door to door begging candy and tooth rot let’s just … Continue reading Christmas Consumerism – Be Gone!

Paradox #3 : joy and fear

Yesterday was a remarkable day. So many people felt as if they were coming up for air after fighting to breathe for years. The announcement of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris being elected as the next president and vice-president of the United States was literally celebrated around the world. All the aspects of life that … Continue reading Paradox #3 : joy and fear

Outta Left Field : Tums for Breakfast

There are two emotions competing for my attention this morning, relief and dread. It is a curious combination. At first, I didn’t understand the emotions. As I looked at the returns from election day and saw that Trump was not elected for a second term, despite his declaration of victory I thought I would feel … Continue reading Outta Left Field : Tums for Breakfast

Just Don’t a new 100-word Essay: Truth

I like to think I am relatively ‘easy going’. I’ve had folks tell me that I was a pleasure to work with. Huzzah. And I like to think that not many things send me into a point of anger. Of course, that could just be the CPTSD and the fact that I have virtually no … Continue reading Just Don’t a new 100-word Essay: Truth

NaNoWriMo 2020 – On your marks

Oh the anticipation. The heady excitement of tomorrow. It’s almost here – NaNoWriMo. Are you ready? My answer is always – No, I’m not. No matter the number of practice or planning sessions, despite very effort I can make to ‘prepare’ myself I always face the first week of NaNoWriMo with a bit of trepidation. … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2020 – On your marks

Outta Left Field : Trump Might Win

Note: I can tell this is taking on a life of its own. So, I’ll attempt to collect them all under the “Outta Left Field” category. Trump could win another four years. Despite a blue wave. In the clutch of a pandemic. Faced with so many people who have waited four years to vote him … Continue reading Outta Left Field : Trump Might Win

Outta Left Field : A Trump Presidency

I chose my education with the sole purpose of becoming a diplomat. As a child of the eighties, the Reagan “Bear in the Woods” message resonated. Add to that some other personality quirks and I was planning to save the world by disarming the two great superpowers to create peace. Well, it didn’t quite work … Continue reading Outta Left Field : A Trump Presidency

The Accounting: A Trump Presidency

A couple of weeks ago (maybe more) I promised to do a follow-up to my series of articles that I wrote in early November of 2016. And then life happened. But, I am getting to it, right now in fact. Here is a list of the original articles if you want to refresh your memory. … Continue reading The Accounting: A Trump Presidency

NaNoWriMo 2020 – Out of Darkness

Yes, the “Holiday Season” is difficult for me. It has been for almost forty-plus years. In that time I have tried many different approaches to managing the time of the year between November 1 and January 3. I’ve tried sun-lamps, vacations, visiting my husband’s family, going nowhere, shunning parties, and straight up hiding. As you … Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2020 – Out of Darkness

Midnight Writing : July 2015

This is it. The dark and dangerous hour when my mind, released by a weary body and the tasks of the day cease their incessant calling, this is the hour when my mind ignites. Words, unbidden and unbiddable cascade across my mind in a torrent that I cannot stop, and would never hope to withstand. The … Continue reading Midnight Writing : July 2015

Success hidden in failure

I know the idea is quantity, but I really am a brevity is the soul of wit type. So, in that spirit. This is my sixth? NaNoWriMo. This year is all about finishing Novel #4.    I have the sketch I’m going to work from, and we’ll see how things go. me ~2019 Yikes. Well, that’s … Continue reading Success hidden in failure


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