Morning Tornados

At 5am this morning a tornado ripped through Memphis waking us up and sparking tornado alarms. As I crouched in the hallway with heavy winds buffeting the house (my room is the one most likely to have a tree fall on it) all I could think was, “Oh no! What if the house is smashed…

Money and Life

Mr. Money Mustache has a great post summing up his decade with three pieces of wisdom. And that reminded me of what a blessing his blog was in my life. I found his post called The Shockingly Simple Math of Early Retirement at a point I really needed some hope. Work wasn’t going well for…

Happy New Year!

About fifteen years ago playing racquetball, I had my first dreadful experience of sciatica, which left me unable to move for weeks. That was the impetus to discover yoga, which has been a blessing in my life. I haven’t played racquetball since. Until yesterday when I discovered that I still enjoyed it and that it still…

New Life Anniversary

When one of my coworkers died in her chair, I realized that it could be me and I would never have pursued what I truly wanted to do: write. This week is my three-year anniversary of leaving my job to pursue writing. It was a very good job working with people I truly liked, and…

A Quiet Day of Planning

About a week ago I wrote up my tips for writing a story a week. Now, in response to a Dean Wesley Smith post about people dropping out of the Great Challenge a bunch of my fellows who are writing a short story a week have chimed in with their tips on how to make…

Winter Hiatus

It’s been an intense couple of months of writing and travel. Through it all I’ve managed to write a blog post each day and send Dean my story of the week. But I am intensely tired. My Garmin claims I am averaging about 5 hours of sleep a night. With our Christian friends retreating into…

Silence

I’ve returned home to Memphis to my beloved’s embrace. All is right in my world. I started work on a holiday story while on the train that I’ll be bringing to the Memphis Writers meeting tonight. As I sit with my husband this morning in our quiet house sipping my English Breakfast tea with rich…

View from a Moving Train

Today’s blog comes to you from a train. I’ll be traveling 36 hours from Denver to Memphis with a 5 hour stop in Chicago that I am looking forward to. The train is taking us through some amazingly remote areas with virtually no cell service. Looking at the landscape unfolding out of our windows, it…

Writing in Denver

Yesterday was packed with a lot of family stuff plus an elaborate Shabbat dinner put on by my sister. It is always a pleasure to eat at her house for any Jewish event (or really any event at all). She is an excellent cook and a hostess. But it went very late. All told, I barely…

Thoughts from Denver

Yesterday was a mostly lost day. Between traveling and altitude sickness I didn’t have time or energy to do much. I experience fairly severe altitude sickness and generally take Acetylzolamide before I head to Denver or anywhere above 5,500.’ This time I didn’t take it until after I arrived, due to general disorganization. I suffered. My…