Pressure

I put myself under a lot of pressure. People have pointed this out to me my entire life. It used to always be a warning—I was about to crush myself, and they wanted me to ease up to avoid it. I didn't usually listen, and often ended up running myself into the ground. As I've... Continue Reading →

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Wanting and Having

In yoga and Tai Chi, maintaining your balance can be tricky. I used to wobble on one leg while getting into Tree pose and fall right over during (modified) Lord of the Dance. I tried imagining my energy flowing through whichever foot was on the ground, rooting me to the spot. I tried to improve... Continue Reading →

The Winds of Change

Not long ago, I wrote a post about April's Wind Moon. It turns out, the winds I raised my arms to were the winds of change! A wonderful opportunity has come up that I can't let pass. The rights for the third Department of Homeworld Security novella have reverted to me! That means I am... Continue Reading →

Planning to Plan

Earlier this year, I moved away from using a planner for a while. That was a Very Bad Thing. It wasn’t just bad in terms of not knowing where and when I needed to be places or what I was supposed to be doing. It was bad for my motivation. Without goals written down where... Continue Reading →

The Storm Moon

Today is March’s full moon. It’s sometimes called the Storm Moon. Storms are often thought of as tumultuous events that can inspire fear. Having been in a hurricane, I understand this. But storms are also cleansing. Lightning strikes can cause forest fires, which burn away layers of underbrush and encourage new growth. Winds clear detritus,... Continue Reading →

Sunday at the Museum…

I started getting out more before the end of 2015. I'm lucky to live close enough to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to go there whenever I want. I used to go more often, but have been too busy lately. In 2016, I'll be making more time to go. The Dutch Art room is one... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Look!

Greetings everyone! I hope your New Year is off to a terrific start. My 2016 began with a book launch, which is a fantastic way to start a year. Whispering Hearts is doing great and being very well received. There are a few reviews already, including one from RT Book Reviews and this wonderful review... Continue Reading →

Nostalgia—or a Message?

I had the opportunity to catch up with a friend recently and they asked my dearest question. What are you writing lately? The conversation somehow trailed back to earlier ideas—stories I haven’t thought about in years and never wrote down but was excited to tell them about. The next day, another friend triggered a memory... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday to Jazz!

Ling "Jazz" Zhou was born in Kansas City, Kansas, 33 years ago today (okay, if she was real, that is). A master at showmanship who gives away nothing about herself—she is quite possibly the most direct character I've written so far, while also being the most guarded. Her world and her self-view have been turned... Continue Reading →

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