From Stranger to Running Inspiration

In Memoriam of Elizabeth Lynn Glovier, my best friend and “bosom buddy” Anne of Green Gables was my favorite book series as a child. It might still be, actually. And though I’ve always had deep, beautiful friendships, I didn’t really understand the kind of friendship that Anne and Diana had – though I did longContinue reading “From Stranger to Running Inspiration”

Creating a Fairy Garden on My Balcony

Chicago weather seems to finally think it’s just possible that it could be spring. Yes. We’re late to the game. But we usually are. During the Stay-at-Home orders, a lot of us are finding different things we can do to keep creatively busy while still getting some fresh air and not exposing ourselves or ourContinue reading “Creating a Fairy Garden on My Balcony”

Underused Resources in the Writing World: Sensitivity Readers

Recently, I wrote a personal essay for Tor.com, involving sensitive topics. I’m well aware of the challenges of writing about sensitive issues like mental health and suicide – which are in this story. I’ve written on them many times before. I asked a friend who I know has understanding in these things. She carefully evaluatedContinue reading “Underused Resources in the Writing World: Sensitivity Readers”

The Unexpected Challenge of Writing for Publications

Thanks to the slower economy and chaos the world is in, I have had more time to write for publications, yet had fewer clients giving assignments. In one way, this has been great. I recently had two articles accepted at dream publications! With a third semi-dream pub in the works. But it does remind meContinue reading “The Unexpected Challenge of Writing for Publications”

This Day in History: My Grandmother Became the First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World

My grandmother, Jerrie Mock, was a courageous, spunky woman who didn’t much care for gender-bias. She did love to cook (she was a gourmet chef), but she hated dresses and she hated the idea that a woman couldn’t do whatever she put her mind to. On this day, 56 years ago (1964), she put thatContinue reading “This Day in History: My Grandmother Became the First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World”

How to Find New Angles on Your Stories

I have a big story in my life that deserves far more than a single article for a single outlet. This story has international significance, historical prowess, and huge equality importance. This is a story I have lived and studied all my life. But it’s still hard to find different angles on it. I thoughtContinue reading “How to Find New Angles on Your Stories”

If You’re New to Working At Home – Don’t Forget to Do This

Thanks to COVID-19, a bunch of folks who usually don’t work remotely are doing so. Graphic designers, writers, and other freelancers already have a handle on a lot of things for home-based work – like scheduling, organization, etc. – but one thing I didn’t get a grasp of was my physical fitness. Before I startedContinue reading “If You’re New to Working At Home – Don’t Forget to Do This”

Rekindling an Old Love and Finding a New Hobby in Coronavirus Times

My mom grew up on a farm. Here, she learned to identify flowers (thank you boy scout leader Grandpa!), bird songs, and many other interesting natural things. Both of my parents were outdoors people and we often went camping, even survival camping when I was very young. Since becoming an adult, I’ve lost this knowledgeContinue reading “Rekindling an Old Love and Finding a New Hobby in Coronavirus Times”

A Good Time for Camp NaNoWriMo

This year, thanks to the lock-downs and quarantines, it seems like the perfect time to dedicate my April to doing another NaNo project. Especially as I have some big disappointments in my creative house right now.

The Jerrie Mock Podcast Goes Live Today

I’ll let the podcast do most of the talking, but for anyone who’s intrigued by history, aviation, women making history, or travel, you’ll love the story of my grandmother, Jerrie Mock, first woman to fly around the world. Join us on her 29+ day flight starting in Columbus, Ohio, making her way around the globe,Continue reading “The Jerrie Mock Podcast Goes Live Today”