Being A Writer Has Made Me A Bad Wife, Dog Mom, Housekeeper & Employee

Writing takes up a lot of mental real estate. You need room for characters to be born and mature. You’re always observing–people, the environment, situations–for beautiful descriptions, interesting turns of phrase, or plot inspiration. If you’re outlining or revising a story, your mind is completely overtaken by the minutiae of perfecting your plot. Without warning, … Continue reading Being A Writer Has Made Me A Bad Wife, Dog Mom, Housekeeper & Employee

The Allure Of Other People’s Lives: Why We Can’t Mind Our Own Business

You never know what goes on behind closed doors. My mother said this often when I was growing up, usually after learning something unexpected about an acquaintance, co-worker, celebrity–whomever. The thought always frightened me and I often studied friends and strangers with suspicion, wondering: “what do you do that no one knows about?” Perhaps they did … Continue reading The Allure Of Other People’s Lives: Why We Can’t Mind Our Own Business

Lifestyles of the Jittery & Terrified: Why Nervousness Is A Magic Power

I come from a long line of nervous people. Every time there’s a storm outside my grandmother stares out the window, groaning and praying that someone she knows isn’t on the road. She knows a lot of people. My childhood memories are filled with images of my grandfather sitting in his rocking chair, lower lip … Continue reading Lifestyles of the Jittery & Terrified: Why Nervousness Is A Magic Power

Why You Have More In Common With Drug Addicts Than You Think

Certain people are very easy to judge. Bad reputations remain unchallenged. Opinion becomes truth. It’s easy to judge a drug addict, for example. We’ve all heard and perhaps repeated common beliefs about such people: they’re weak, selfish, self-destructive, they’ll do anything for a hit, they don’t care about the people who love them. I disagree … Continue reading Why You Have More In Common With Drug Addicts Than You Think