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A Somewhat Ridiculous Round-Up of Writing Promptsfeatured

I’ve been collecting writing prompts…at least since middle school. At the moment, I have literally thousands of writing prompts—everything from fiction prompts like “Write a story about…” to blog and journaling prompts like “What’s in your dream home?” And they’re scattered all over—in my Bookmarks folder, on Pinterest, in my email, somewhere in my hard Read more


Summer 2017featured

So, here’s the thing. A few weeks ago, I got a spurt of inspiration to do…something…anything…creative and new and different. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of my workday, and as much as I’d like to perpetuate the myth that freelancers always work completely on their own schedules and can follow such whims…well, at least Read more


What I Do When I Walk My Dog (part 2)featured

More podcasts! Oh, I wasn’t close to done last week. Planet Money This is an NPR show so you might already have heard it on your radio. Episodes are usually pretty short (around 20 minutes) and focused on some aspect of the economy. They’ll do things like actually set up an offshore bank account to Read more


What I Do When I Walk My Dogfeatured

I listen to podcasts. We go out, she sniffs all her bushes and pees on stuff and I’m constantly fiddling with my earbuds. I listen to a ton of podcasts. It’s a little ridiculous. So ridiculous, I’m splitting this post into two parts. I’d like to be hipster and pretend I’ve been listening them before Read more


Dear High School Graduate…featured

I have a cousin who graduated from high school over Memorial Day Weekend. This post isn’t necessarily for her, because she’s smart and active and kind and beautiful and will absolutely crush it at college. This is for 18-year-old Allison, more than anything, and for anyone else wondering what lies ahead in the next four Read more


Sometimes, You Just Gotta Be Outragedfeatured

When I was in junior high and my dad drove me to school, we listened to the local sports talk radio. A couple times a week, they had a regular guest who’d call in for 15-20 minute segment to basically shoot the shit about whatever was going on in the sports world. I distinctly remember Read more

Weekend List 5.12.17

Weekend List 5.12.17featured

So, this week — the past couple weeks — have been interesting. I feel like I’m in a major something with my business. I don’t know if it’s a transformation, a transition, a growth period, a rethinking or retooling, or what. I do know that I’ve been juggling all the “working in my business” tasks Read more


An Incomplete List of Things My Dog Dislikesfeatured

The slow cooker The waffle iron The quesadilla maker The blender The vacuum People who come within 20 feet of our property without getting her authorization first (so pretty much everyone but me) Most German Shepherds for some reason When people can see her Having to walk to and get in the car (she’s fine Read more

Moving Forward

Moving Forwardfeatured

So it’s been a week-plus. For me, Monday was the first day that something didn’t bring me to tears, so, progress. The #BidenMemes have been helping. As well as Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert and John Oliver. (ß that last one is fantastic because he actually gives some concrete examples of things we can do Read more


Now What?featured

I didn’t expect or want this post to be how I return to blogging, but here we are. Yesterday, I took a “mental health day” because I knew if I stayed home, I’d just spend the entire day watching the election results. I wasn’t worried about the outcome, I said, but about the potential backlash Read more