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 Pressure
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 Wanting and Having
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 The Winds of Change
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 Planning to Plan
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 The Storm Moon
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 Sunday at the Museum…
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 New Year, New Look!
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 Nostalgia—or a Message?
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 Happy Birthday to Jazz!
Writers are often asked about where their ideas come from. For me, that would be lightning strikes of creativity where my brain concatenates events and experience with my imaginative wanderings. Ideas are a popular focus for questions, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone ask where the details of the story develop. This is … Continue reading It’s All in the Details