Having depression and anxiety hit at the same time is like trudging through a heavy fog split by lightning. Only the fog is physically heavy as well as thick, and the lightning strikes you each time, sending roaring energy through you to the ground. Casting your nerves and mind into a jittering frenzy and leaving … More Depression & Anxiety: A Heavy Fog Split by Lightning
Every romance novel has to have a happy ending, right? But what does “happy ending” mean? In terms of romance novels, that is – I’m not talking slang (Although that happens in romance novels, too.). Happy Ending Variations in Romance Novels Love and Marriage If we’re talking traditional romance novel, there’s only one possible happy … More What Does “Happy Ending” Mean in a Romance Novel?
If you assumed this would be a rant, you’re right. If you assumed this would be a rant on a frivolous, even stupid subject, you’re still right. But, come on, full size blankets are irritating. They’re almost square but not quite. And the difference is so minuscule in comparison to the overall size that the … More Full Size Blankets Are Irritating
Seriously, spam mail has gotten sneaky, and it irritates the crap out of me. That said, it’s almost a Wile E. Coyote level sneakiness. You see it mostly in the packaging of their envelopes. They try to disguise their advertisements as something else so that you open them. Which, honestly, backfires on them for me … More Spam Mail Has Gotten Sneaky
I really enjoy making up sayings for worldbuilding. But there are three aspects of it that are especially fun. What I Love about Creating Colloquialisms for My Book 1. Designing the Evolution of the Original Meaning Sayings change as culture changes. Either words get replaced by similar sounding words because the phrase is heard rather … More The Best Parts of Making Up Sayings for Worldbuilding
Writing about an in-progress romance novel is hard. Writing about it on WordPress is even harder. Here’s what I mean: 5 Ways Writing About My Romance Novel Is Hard 1. Avoiding Spoilers I’m still trying to figure out how to describe parts of the book without including too many spoilers. Even describing the main characters … More Why Writing About an In-progress Romance Novel Is Hard
I had Disney’s Sleeping Beauty playing in the background (like I do), and maybe it was because of a pensive mood or simply rewatching the movie as an adult, but I found myself thinking more deeply about Flora’s gift of beauty than I ever have before. And noticing some inconsistencies or strange details. How Did … More Flora’s Gift of Beauty in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty
I didn’t get much sleep last night, and I feel like it’s derailing my entire week – losing sleep affects so much! My brain is so off-kilter. 🥴 Like I’m playing catch-up or always a step behind, and that feeling lingers like a bad cold until I get a few full nights’ sleep under my … More Losing Sleep Affects So Much
I’ve seen and heard of readers accusing authors of taking things from other books (My personal favorite instances are someone accusing Tolkien of taking ideas from the Harry Potter series and someone accusing J.K. Rowling of taking ideas from the sparkling vampire books. *cough*). It makes me think that might just be one of the … More Taking Things from Other Books
I’m really struggling to wake up lately. And to stay awake afterward. I don’t know if it’s depression or something else (are there illnesses that only have exhaustion as a symptom?). When I get up, it’s like moving through a fog or wearing weights. Like every motion is extra hard to complete, and I have … More Exhaustion: Depression or Something Else?