Speaking of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein…

Rereading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein reminded me of this picture I painted a few years ago. It really was a lot of fun. Then I stuck Frank on top of a building, because why not? He was swinging from the spire all “Singing in the Rain” style. Only he looks a bit like Joaquin Phoenix here. I’m obviously a writer, not an … Read More

August 2020’s Reads

I told you about my super special awesome bookclub where we are given a bingo card and random reading prompts. You read the book and a mod gives it a look over before checking off your box. It gives me something to look forward to every month, and helps me prioritize my massive TBR (To Be Read) pile. My TBR … Read More

July’s Reads

Reading has saved my sanity this quarantine. I read so much for work that I seldom have time to read for pleasure. Or, rather, I seldom make time because I feel like I can’t justify it. It’s a luxury and a joy and isn’t life supposed to be about work, work, work, and pushing yourself beyond your limit? Don’t we … Read More

Christmas in July 2020

One of my favorite family traditions is Christmas in July. My parents did it for us when we were children, and now I do it for my kids. This year was extra sweet because my family had been in strict isolation for four months, and we drove up to see my parents, who had also been extremely isolated. Hugging my … Read More

Pass the Pen Challenge!

This was so much fun! Nikki Nelson-Hicks, Mark Greenbaum, Mark Steinwachs, R.D. Sherrill, RJ Keller, Danielle Bannister, and I show you what writing life is really like. This was a great little project during quarantine and I’m so happy to take part in it. Also, my kids would like you to know that they are famous because they’re on an Internet … Read More

Mama Pupper Has Regrets

My father sent me this text and I burst out laughing. His coworker, who is an old classmate of mine, has a sweet dog who just had a whooooooole bunch of babies. Her expression kills me. Have a wonderful day, my darlings!  

Christmas Gifts for Children with Special Needs

This is a toughie. It can be downright hard, because there are so many emotions tied up with the holidays. We have expectations. Christmas is supposed to be a time where we express our love and gifts are a way we do that. What if the child, who has special needs, doesn’t like their gift? What if they don’t play … Read More

Uncle Ted Makes Miss Murder-Flavored Ice Cream! Wait.

Friend and fellow horror author Ted Theewan gave me the most wonderful surprise: a recipe for a new ice cream flavor! He has his own ice-cream Youtube channel and I think you should all give it a watch. The kiddos and I picked out so many recipes to try! He came up with a very rich White Chocolate and Lemon … Read More