Category Archives: Rambles

Shifting Your Way of Thinking – AKA Jolene waxes philosophical

So, I finally got new running shoes today. I’m owed a tax return for the first time in a long time (YAY!) because I made less money (NOT SO MUCH YAY), and I was in desperate need of new running shoes. This spring, like every other time, I expected to get that runner’s high I […]
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Things to do BEFORE You Sit Down to Write the Next World-Changing Novel

I’ve been working on the classes I’ll be teaching at the Storymakers Conference this year, and thought it might be fun to give you a TINY peek into my Mad Drafting Skillz class. (Even with titles, I cannot be serious). Also, this got a little long… So. A few things to think about doing BEFORE you […]
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What. Is. Up.

The January 2016 edition. (on a side note, my wordpress post editor looks different, and me no likey. WHERE IS MY SAVE BUTTON????? *breathes into paper bag*) What I’ve READ: I re-read HOURGLASS by Myra McEntyre because I needed something swoony and fun where I knew what was going to happen. A NIGHT DIVIDED by Jennifer […]
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Psst… You’re Going to get it Wrong

I was involved in several plays in college. One of the characters in a production was a pregnant woman and there was AN ACTUAL PREGNANT WOMAN cast in that role! Perfect! Think of all the research of “pregnant woman movement” she won’t have to do! When the review was printed in the paper after opening night, […]
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6 Things – HAPPENINGS

ONE So. My very cool granddad passed away. I’m going to miss him terribly. I looked up to him so much and have always wanted to write as well as him. The upside was that I got to spend the weekend with family that I don’t see often. TWO My kids start school in ONE […]
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March, Vegetarianism, Reading ALL the things, and other Miscellany…

So. I thought March might be a good month to jump in a few fun things. It’s reading month or something similarish (Wow, I’m even too lazy to double-check this for my post) and it’s national health or nutrition awareness month (or something similar – see comment about “laziness” above), which I know about because […]
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WORK, MONEY and other things that make no sense…

Most mornings Mike gets up for work, shaves, puts on a suit, a button-up shirt, and a tie. He generally gets to the office about a half-hour early because of our daughter’s school schedule, and maybe stays about a half-hour late (much longer if he’s in trial or gets called out to a crime scene). So. There’s about one hour […]
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Mental Illness, Misconceptions, and YA lit

I’ve read in a few places now about how Robin Williams was suffering from a form of dementia, which would explain his suicide. All I can think is – and DEPRESSION DOESN’T??? Every morning I take Synthroid to keep my thyroid running normally – this keeps my brain working and my heart working and my […]
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**FRAGILE**

There are times when I feel so incredibly fragile as a writer and as a person. Sometimes it has to do with what’s going on in my family life – like my mother in law spending a month at my house. And while I love having people come visit, I’m also very private, and sharing […]
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The VERY little bits I know about social media…

I took a class by agent Tricia Lawrence at my local SCBWI this fall on social media, and it was easily the best class on social media I’ve ever taken. Before I tell you the BIGGEST thing I learned there, I’m going to tell you the VERY few things I’ve learned along the way: 1. […]
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