Stories from my childhood – Piano Lessons

Mrs. Carney’s house for piano lessons. I am eight years old and she, to me, is ancient. My bottom is sweaty from nervousness, and as I arise from the birch bench after my first half hour lesson – a stain. Mrs. Carney’s crinkly grey eyes open wide in shock, or wonder, I’m not sure. My…

Inside ‘Blue: A Novel’ by Kayce S. Hughlett

Kayce Stevens Hughlett is a long-time blogger and contributor to several collections and online publications. Her 2012 non-fiction book, As I Lay Pondering: daily invitations to live a transformed life, is a lyrical and lucid treasure that invites readers to new awakenings throughout the year. Blue, her first novel, releases September 10, 2015. I had…

Procrastination and Cassoulet

I’m not usually one to struggle with procrastination, but this ‘revising’ of my novel is kicking my butt. I have an incredibly deepening respect and gratitude for those authors whom have worked through this stage, completed their writing, and shared it so that I have been able to read amazing and wonderful stories. Thank you….

My first writing class and the Sample Story Idea

I attended my first writing class last week filled with nervous anxiety, excitement and wonder. I had so much fun! Now I’ve got a homework assignment that I’m working on and still wondering what to focus my writing energies on. I’m attending ‘The Writer’s Workshop’ at the Good Shepherd Center in the Wallingford neighborhood of…

Rough draft: The Adventures of Tilly, Tucker and Jessie

What on earth was her brother doing? Tilly wondered, as she glanced out her bedroom window to the street below. There was Tucker with his roller skates on – the ones that their Grandmother had given to him from when she was a ‘wee lass’. They were made of steel and had leather straps. There…

A Writer’s Retreat

I’ve entered a contest in hopes of winning a free spot @jenlouden’s #WritersRetreat. ¬†http://ht.ly/4Pwka. Kacye Hughlett at Diamonds in the Soul forwarded me the information on this retreat. I was immediately captured by the title of the retreat: ‘Luscious, Nurturing, Get your writing done while laughing your butt off and maybe crying a little too…