Miss Magnolia

The other night at dinner my kids began to ask me questions that started with, “Back in your day…” As in: “Back in your day did they have cars?” Since I felt like saying, “WTF, you guys, how old do you think I am?” was probably poor parenting, I answered in the voice of an…

Moving Forward

Remember that it’s okay to be wrong and make mistakes. In writing and in life. We live in a society where we think we must be perfect and feel like we’re being judged constantly. Maybe we are. BUT. As Methos once said, “We’re none of us perfect, MacLeod.” Expecting ourselves—or anyone else*—to be perfect is…

Random Thing

Sometimes—particularly during the summer—people will speak to me in Spanish. Then they’ll see the blank look on my face and say, “You’re not Hispanic?” I’m not. I’m Creole. I have skin that gets dark as toast when I’ve been out in the sun, and being in California, Latina is usually the first assumption. I told…

IWSG: Quitters

It’s time again for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Posts go up the first Wednesday of each month. Read more posts and/or join in here. Question of the Month: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing? I’ve quit multiple times. Or tried. Writing is an…

Foot Saga

So last December, I injured my right foot. It’s a stupid story; basically, I was coming in from taking out the trash, and I moved to block the cat from trying to get out the door, slipped on the threshold, and hurt my foot. It was evening, we propped my leg up and iced my…

Author Events in Planning

My trip to France for the writing workshop and retreat is slowly coming together. I have my plane tickets, my train tickets, and my hotel reservation for the one night I’ll be in Paris. A friend has likewise advised me on how to get from the airport to the train station, so I will need…