What a Way to Come Back

Ciao, amici. I know… it feels like forever since we chatted. Sorry about that. There were some things I needed to deal with, some changes I needed to make. I started reading and liking posts this week. Boy, I missed you all so much! Starting Monday, I intend to start commenting, too. The plan isContinue reading “What a Way to Come Back”

When Your Muse Is Speechless

Ciao, amici! I guess I took too long to get back to the creative aspect of my career. I had another visit from my muse. It went something like this… I was staring at my laptop screen, watching the cursor blink on the empty page. I’d been editing for over a week, completing two lengthyContinue reading “When Your Muse Is Speechless”

Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Here we are, another week behind us. I sure hope you had a productive one. This week, my enemy was time. I didn’t just take Memorial Day off; I took the whole three-day weekend. It put me behind, but I needed to recharge. Which I’m happy to say I (kind of) did. But obligations sneakContinue reading “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links”

Spring Cleaning: Three Tips for Writers

March 20 was the Spring Equinox, which means spring is officially here! It doesn’t matter that it was actually snowing on March 20 in some parts of the US. It’s spring; I’m claiming it. I think most of us have had enough of Jack Frost, Suzy Snowflake, Old Man Winter, and Polar Vortices to lastContinue reading “Spring Cleaning: Three Tips for Writers”

Think Low, Think High, Give a Book a Try

by Staci Troilo Sunday, March 2 is Dr. Seuss Day, and National Read Across America Day, because it’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Schools will celebrate today, March 3. What better way to commemorate the birth of an American icon, a man who loved children and learning so much that he devised a method of storytelling usingContinue reading “Think Low, Think High, Give a Book a Try”

Need Motivation? Look No Further

We’ve been having the strangest weather. My kids have missed eight days for snow already, and we’re in the south. I’m told that’s not unheard of for this area, but come on. What’s the point of living in the south—far from family and good Italian food—if not avoiding snow? But I digress… Gramma never complainsContinue reading “Need Motivation? Look No Further”

Giving Thanks for the Mental

It’s week two. As I said last week, I’ll be spending the month of November writing my Monday posts talking about things I’m thankful for. I talked about a friend of mine who does daily Facebook posts in November, which got me thinking about doing this. That prompted a follower to tell me about Twitter’sContinue reading “Giving Thanks for the Mental”

Are You a Juggernaut? Five Ways to Become One

My daughter’s tennis coach calls her The Juggernaut. She hasn’t lost a match all season, and he says once she gets started (like a juggernaut), she’s unstoppable. That got me thinking about my vocation. Am I a juggernaut? Do I want to be? As most of you know, I’m a writer. I wrote as aContinue reading “Are You a Juggernaut? Five Ways to Become One”

6 Life Lessons from Football (A Fan’s POV)

I love football season. My son plays. My husband used to play. If it’s autumn, then Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, we’re in football mode. My son’s high school team won its home opener this Friday. Penn State won Saturday. (Yes. I live a stone’s throw from the University of Arkansas, but I watchedContinue reading “6 Life Lessons from Football (A Fan’s POV)”

6 Lessons Learned Because of the First Day of School

Today is the first day of school for my kids. I have no idea where the summer went. It seems like it was just last week that they came home ready to celebrate the end of their school year. We went back to Pennsylvania for a visit, came home, and sports practices started. Now hereContinue reading “6 Lessons Learned Because of the First Day of School”