Let’s Be Honest…About Goals

Where are you going? In a world still full of travel restrictions, fear, mandates, and opinionated hypocrites, this question might seem a bit taboo. Many of us aren’t going anywhere. And if we do go somewhere, we might try to hide our whereabouts. No need to upset family and friends, or a job that’ll make […]

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A Superseding Hope

Hope. Some days it feels like hope is all we have left. It’s a word we take for granted.

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Perspective Is 2020

Boo!
It’s 2020.
For most of the population, I can think of nothing scarier on this Halloween.

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A Joy-Filled Pandemic

“How are you fairing during these trying times?” seems to have replaced the usual “How are you?”
With this in mind, I’m going to be vulnerable with ya’ll right now.

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You Wouldn’t Understand

We live in a divided country. A divided world. And often times, divided families. I wonder what would happen if we realize our differences can bring us closer?

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Finishing The Long Game

In writing a story there’s an event called the “muddy middle.” Otherwise know as the murky middle, the sagging middle, and the nebulous place. It’s not a fun place to be in, but it’s necessary in getting to the finish line.

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Risk vs Fear

It’s amazing how lightening fast fear can creep under our skin. Nowhere is safe. Nowhere is without risk. But when did fear stop the human race from living?

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Author Of Our Future

We live in an era of uncertainty. And I hate not knowing. I say I love surprises, but in reality I’m too much of a control freak to enjoy a surprise properly.

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Words of Hope

When I chose to be a writer, I didn’t realize the hold it would have over me. With such a jumbled mess of phrases floating around in my brain, it’s sometimes difficult to choose which words are the most important to say or write.

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The Fear of Success

When I was 20, I went to Culinary school in NYC. I loved it. The city was big, bustling, daunting, yet beautiful. I was on my own for the first time in my life, free to make my own choices, and free to succeed or fail. I’d made it through the entire program with flying […]

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Following the Leader

Five years ago, God laid on our hearts that He wanted us to move. We didn’t know where or when, but we felt the pull south…

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Forever Blessed – No Matter What!

I’m sitting here nestled on the couch, surrounded by boxes, finishing a hot bowl of my grandmother’s Japanese soup, and trying to find the words to relay the last couple weeks of my life. The only descriptions I can come up with are “blessed” and “forever changed.” …

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Desiring Weird

I’ve come to a revelation this month. It’s not a brand new idea for my mind. In fact, if you’re a friend of mine you’ve probably heard me say this before: I’m weird. i.e. unnatural, odd, bizarrre, freaky, unearthly, and not normal. I’m not a shy person – goodness, no! – so I’m not afraid […]

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Changes Bring New Life

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E. Frankl

Wow, that quote hits me square in the forehead. It pretty much sums up the last two months of my life.

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Short Story: Two Rules

Stories are my life. Not a day goes by where I’m not considering a new book, revising a plot, digging deeper into a character’s backstory, imagining a distant world, or creating something totally different. My usual creations are novels, plays, or poetry. It’s been years since I dabbled in the art of short stories. I […]

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The Theater, The Theater

The stage has followed me since the age of seven. I was selected to star in a Christmas church play, in a production called “It’s the Truth Ruth” as the character of Ruth. I can still sing my catchy solo in my head when I hear that title. Those were the days; when people didn’t […]

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Poem ~ Pearls

I’ve had quite the day today with a roller coaster of emotions. Honestly, I’ve had an unusually heavy last few months. Whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed, my vent is in writing. More specifically: writing poetry. I penned (or typed) this poem just a couple of minutes ago. If it speaks to you, please let me know! […]

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10 Things To Tell You

Life’s been just shy of mayhem at the Kudey cottage the past two months. You can tell how busy I am by the stack of unread books on my table collecting dust and the hours building up of unwatched TV shows in my DVR. Hopefully, I can catch a moment to watch last night’s This […]

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Pinch Me, Please!

There are days I could just pinch myself. Last week held four of those days right in a row. The intoxicating aroma of books, and being in the company of writers of said books had me souring to new levels. The adrenaline high caused from being around so many amazing people fed my social-hungry soul. […]

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Silence Falls into Spring

The silence has lasted for too long. It’s like the deafening quiet during a slow snow fall where the air is still and crisp and a white wonderland blankets the landscape like in an asylum’s solitary confinement. Winter was so bloody long this year that I seriously felt like I was in solitary confinement at […]

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