How Volunteering at an Animal Shelter Changes Your View on Life

Depressing. Scary. Dirty. Hopeless. These were all the reasons why I resisted volunteering at an animal shelter. I’m irrationally emphatic when it comes to furry creatures, but that was the very thing holding me back from donating my time at a shelter. I had fostered dogs through rescue groups in the past, but with two…

Does Marching Make You More of a Woman?

I did not march on Saturday in D.C. or elsewhere. After seeing all the images from women’s marches around the country, I had to ask myself, “Does not marching make me less of a woman?” I didn’t like the way that question tasted as it rolled over my tongue. After some thought, I realized there…

Life Rant: My Hatred for Workouts

I ate nonstop over Thanksgiving. Non. Stop. I even went to bed with a bowl of leftover stuffing. Ok, I didn’t, but I thought about it. So, when Black Friday rolled around and I saw a discount for a new boxing gym in my town, I decided to go for it. I scheduled my first…

NaNoWriMo Week 1: Hilarious Tweets

Listen, I’m not finding NaNoWriMo so amusing right now. I’ve written a whopping 2,400 words and feeling quite defeated. So, what did I do? (Hint: I didn’t write.) I search Twitter for hilarious tweets that would make me laugh and lift my spirits. Writers, you didn’t let me down. Here were my favorite hilarious #NaNoWriMo…

Motivating Quotes for Every NaNoWriMo Crisis Moment

It’s time for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! If you’re like me, you’ve been living in denial—convinced that November is still weeks away, then you saw the date this morning and immediately added vodka to your coffee. From not having the time to lacking the creativity, there are lots of hurdles to jump with NaNo….

October Social Media Content Ideas for Writers

With #NaNoWriMo around the corner, it’s a good idea to get in a writing groove. Why not start out easy with some short, but impactful, copy to build your writing community and support system on social media? Here are a few topics that you should add to your content calendar for October. October 5th –…

Best Follows for NaNoWriMo Support

On January 1, 2016 (and a little buzzed and wildly hopeful), I declared that I would finish a novel this year. Similar to my previous attempts, I lasted about four months before the dust started to collect on my notebooks and cobwebs formed on the creative side of my brain. Alas, the year isn’t over!…

DIY MFA: Viagra for Writers

Five books. Five books that I have started over the past five years and abandoned after the 10K word mark. I wish there was Viagra for writers. I just lose the urge and lack the stamina. So, when the opportunity arose to be a street team member for Gabriela Pereira’s new DIY MFA book, I…

Writing Pains: The Pitfalls of Creativity Myths

Last week I talked about writing best practice myths, which falls in nicely with week’s discussion of creative myths. In chapter 6 of ‎Gabriela Pereira‎’s DIY MFA book, she debunks five myths about creativity: – Creativity is an exclusive club, and you can’t be part of it. – Creativity is innate–you either have it or you don’t. –…

Writing Myths: Breaking the Best Practice Code

Best writing practices are like fad diets. One month cabbage soup diet is the most amazing way to get results. Then you’re told protein is the way, stuff your face with all the meats. But wait—vegan is this month’s gold standard in healthy living and weight loss. Ok, I actually do believe a vegan diet…