Writing Thoughts

This is as sophisticated as my chart-making gets.

My Path to Getting Published…

I really liked this idea from Brooke Fossey over at the blog for Carve Magazine (my very favorite literary magazine). It's a blog tour where authors share their own path to getting published. It's always interesting to see behind the … Read More >>

Madison Monday

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Madison Monday: early summer…

If you get up early enough, the fog is still over the river. It hasn't rolled off onto the town, yet, like a sleepy person stretching out before getting out of bed. Some mornings up at the community garden, I've watched it creep all … Read More >>

Mindful Thoughts

pizza

How to make black bean pizza…

One of my family’s favorite meals is homemade pizza–a black bean pizza. I make the dough in the bread machine and it takes an hour and fifty minutes. I used to put the ingredients in at any old time of the day. The dough can sit in the … Read More >>

Bookish Thoughts

robert johnson

Books I’ve read so far this summer

It's that time of summer when the waiting begins. Going outside at least several times a day to check the length of the little eggplant forming. The size of the pepper. The color of the tomatoes hanging on the vine. Before the next wave of vegetable inundation … Read More >>

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Family Thoughts

Sanibel beach

Week of Winter Walking: Day Seven

As promised, Day Seven in my Week of Winter Walking takes us to sunnier climates, where my mom and dad are walking the beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida.  Most years, I'm down there with them, but due to irreconcilable differences in spring break schedules (our … Read More >>

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Nature Thoughts

Zucchini pasta salad with green beans, feta, garbanzo beans and dill

Me vs. the zucchini, part 2

I didn't take any pictures of the sandwiches Thursday, and this is something of a tragedy. They were a thing of beauty. Well, it looked okay. It tasted awesome. Thursday, my friends came over for lunch, so of course, it was another opportunity to find a way … Read More >>

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Sociological Thoughts

Image on the outside of the catalog

There is no skinny woman within

So this catalog showed up in my mail today. I've never heard of this company. Never ordered anything from them. I brought it inside and sat it on the dining room table and only just now picked it up. Are they selling luggage, I thought. I don't need luggage. Why … Read More >>

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Pop Culture Thoughts

Co-host of my new Sunday pre-game show

A Sunday without football is…

A Sunday without football is almost not a Sunday at all. Oh, sure, the sun comes up. You have your coffee. Maybe even a little treat, like orange rolls fresh from the oven. But there's no pre-game shows. No GameDay Morning. No Rich Eisen and Steve Mariucci. … Read More >>

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Random Thoughts

I love this ballpark and the view.

A night at the game

- We sat behind home plate, and things look different back there. From that angle, sometimes even I can tell the difference between a ball and a strike before the umpire makes the call.   - From where we sat, you could see some of the dugout. The Reds … Read More >>

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Writing Thoughts

martin

About The Hit

I love that there's a literary journal dedicated to sport and literature--Stymie Magazine. The connection between sports and writing seems natural to me. My husband says a baseball season is like a Russian novel. I guess a football game might be a flash … Read More >>

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Madison Monday

For a small fee, I could teach you how to tell which of these tomatoes will taste best

Madison Monday: vegetable rules

My husband is something of a city boy and it's taken him years to internalize all the complicated rules around gardening, vegetables, and their storage. In fact, really, he's still learning. It's a lifelong process. But I thought for other folks who have either … Read More >>

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Mindful Thoughts

notifications

My phone is silent

This week I turned off the Gmail notification on my phone. The only sound it will be making now is when someone calls or texts me. The rest of the time, my phone will be silent. My Gmail account is the one I use for my writing life. When I was querying my novel, … Read More >>

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My Path to Getting Published Blog Tour

This is as sophisticated as my chart-making gets.

I really liked this idea from Brooke Fossey over at the blog for Carve Magazine (my very favorite literary magazine). It's a blog tour where authors … Read More >>

There is no skinny woman within

Image on the outside of the catalog

So this catalog showed up in my mail today. I've never heard of this company. Never ordered anything from them. I brought it inside and sat it on the … Read More >>

Madison Monday: early summer morning

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If you get up early enough, the fog is still over the river. It hasn't rolled off onto the town, yet, like a sleepy person stretching out before … Read More >>

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