One of my new favorite views: the library where I spend 45 minutes, twice a week, working on my novel while Kyle is at karate class. One full wall of windows with giant oak trees that sparkle in the sun and cast shadows as it sets, either friendly or ominous depending on my mood.
I'm giving up Facebook for Lent. It's not about sacrifice; it's about making room for something better. Lent, that buildup to Easter so famous for inspiring people to "give up" something they like, begins on Wednesday, March 1. As a Catholic I will mark the occasion by getting my forehead marked in ashes by the parish priest. During Lent I will go to confession and confess some carefully … [Read More...]
Belonging to a writers’ group keeps me writing. My group’s members have published two novels, several anthology entries, countless blog posts, news articles, short stories, and at least a thousand tweets. I have been a part of a small women’s writers’ group for about four years now. We go back and forth when we try remember who joined when and how, but the important part is that we ended up … [Read More...]
Fields of Fire, the latest in the Frontlines series of near-future science fiction war novels, is the fifth shot out of writer Marko Kloos' very big and complicated gun. It is rare for a sequel, and then another installment, and then another, and then another, to capture my attention so completely that I can't do anything but keep reading to see what happens next. I'm delighted to say that even … [Read More...]
There are three reasons I'm sitting down to gather my Favorite Posts of 2016 right now: I miss my blog! I haven't posted since November, and if I wait one more day, December will go by with no post! And then there goes the year. I want to continue the "favorite posts" tradition I started last year. It's sort of funny, I have no idea what I will pick at this moment, but the task shouldn't … [Read More...]
In my last post I told you about how I was considering two different full time jobs. That turn of events was a big deal because I've been freelancing and working from home for several years, and the whole office job thing, being away from the kids after school, was big and scary in a way that I hadn't anticipated. I compared the jobs to each other using many different criteria. I tortured my … [Read More...]