• Life,  Writing

    Life in the Time of Corona

    The past couple of months have been difficult. Life in the time of corona is so very different than what we are used to. And that is an understatement. Every day it seems that worse and worse news comes out of this Corona thing or COVID-19 as it is actually called. There have been snippets of positiveness too. I can’t forget those. I haven’t been writing. You’ve probably noticed. I haven’t been posting. But more than that, I haven’t been writing outside of journaling to maintain my mental health. April was Camp NaNoWriMo and I had intended to finish my novel. But by the 5th day where I hadn’t written a…

  • Sundry Posts,  Writing,  Writing Habits

    When Creative Juices Stop Flowing, Prime the Pump!

    What do I do when the pump stops working? I prime the pump! I love the metaphor of priming the pump. Though I seem to be collecting metaphors hey have this way of staying tucked into the back of my mind until I need them. But Prim the Pump is one that I’ve used in my writing and in my professional work. What is Priming the Pump? For those of us who don’t live in an urban setting and are connected to a city water system i.e. rural living, having running water necessitates having a well. If you are lucky, you already have one of these. The pipes go deep…

  • Healthy Habits,  Life

    What Is Self Care Anyway?

    What is self care anyway? I am sitting here writing about self-care at nearly 11:00 pm at night, which I think, is the definition of non-care. The problem is when else can I write? I work long hours.I have a husband and a part-time grandchild.I have the myriad of things that are required for life – house, budget, critters, other obligations. Where in that is time for me? Have you seen the commercial that starts out “I have 23 minutes to myself this week”? The commercial then goes on to tell you to use those minutes to eat some not very good for you food. Is this what life has…