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January Notes.

31/31 days in January - 31/31 days in 2017   Favorite Moments One evening we drove around with our windows open, singing loudly.  The clouds were pink and the temperature had tipped its hat just shy of 70 degrees earlier in the day.  Tears sprung to my eyes because it was one of those rare moments where a ...

Confession: I’m a Silent Freaker Outer

I want you to think I'm calm and collected, but when it comes to the big stuff I can't control, I become a worst case scenario person. For example, last year at this time, the Bridgeton Landfill was threatening (via every screen imaginable) to blow St. Louis into the sky because of an underground fire that was creeping ...

How I Didn’t Know I Was A Mystery Writer and Other Discoveries

After the manuscript of my first book went out to early readers, my first question to people who eagerly called to tell me they had finished was always, "What was your favorite part?" I expected them to talk about Doxen's Diner or that Persephone was their favorite character or the hundreds of Dark Ferret traditions ...

Concerning Spring Music and Creative Geniuses

Here are the things I want to be doing right now: Writing The Rise of The Narcoleptic Turtles. Driving with my windows down in the car listening to music. Frolicking in the park in front of our house because the temperature reached 80 degrees the other day. Writing blog posts doesn't make the list.  I ...

On Turning 30

Dear 30, You arrived like the bird singing outside my window, soft notes announcing the coming of Spring.  Like the tinkling of the neighbor's wind chimes, the coolish-warmish wind swirling through our back porches.  Twenty felt like a party, like a brash ownership of adulthood and life decisions and a collection of ...

On Dreams Coming True

One of my family members once described his time at a friary to me.  He told me one of his tasks was to aid the groundskeeper, and one of the groundskeeper's tasks was watering the trees.  The two of them carried large buckets of water across the grounds and placed them among the trees.  Each bucket had a ...

Coffee Dates and Book Launches

  If you and I were to meet for coffee right now, I'd take you downstairs to my mug collection and tell you stories of the people and places those mugs represent.  Moments in time encapsulated in colorful ceramic.  There was that time we traveled to Pennsylvania and I successfully lied to the girl our best ...