Monthly Archives: December 2012

A new writing space

My winter gift this year was the gift of new writing space.

In my efforts to find myself as a dedicated writer, I unearthed a series of articles from the early 2000’s call Book in a Year.

The first month is dedicated to character building and to synopsis writing. But only after you’ve found your “writing space”.

All this time, I’ve blithely ignored that first, crucial step. Finding my writing space. Well, it seemed obvious to me that my writing space was wherever my computer happened to be. Since it is still tethered to the wall and not at all portable, I never really gave much thought to the actual location where I was asking myself to spend hours a day.

Preferably productive hours.

Right next to the front door has been my desk’s home for the last three and a half years. Drafty, high traffic, high stress, if there exists in this house an area less conducive to creative OR productive thought, I’ve yet to find it.

As some of you know, my spouse works nights. After having been together for ten years before he took this job, we miss sleeping next to one another.

That is to say, I sleep poorly half the week and he sleeps best if I’m in the room with him while he snoozes the day away. Add to that the temperature requirements (his cold as can be; me just this side of roasting) and it’s been a long, difficult journey to finding the proper compromise for us. But, I think today, we found it.

My desk was moved to our bedroom.

I’ve always hated the computer in the bedroom, though he’s had his in our room more often than not. I’ve hated the thought of the light waking me. I’ve hated the thought of the distractions of the internet being only a fingertip away.

Well, now I can admit I was wrong.

I love my new space!

His desk is on one side of the bed, while mine is on the other.

I can write and there will be no one peeking over my shoulder, no one to offer criticism before it’s asked for. I can play games. I can surf the internet, write email, pay bills, all from the comfort of my bedroom.

I love it.



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Happy Yule!

Today is the day the world was supposed to end.

I mean, this time it was for certain.

A calendar that most people don’t even know how to read “ran out” today and with that “spectacular” event, life as we knew it was supposed to end.

I don’t know about you, but in an infinitesimal way, for me, life as I knew it did end.

Instead of blindly following tradition, today our family began a new one.

And I reached an important decision.

I have recently split this site and created another. I had not known if I wanted to share its existence with anyone or not. Today I decided to take that risk.

The scholastic site is



What a relief. It’s done. I feel better. Now I can look forward to the rest of the holiday break as it was meant to be enjoyed: as a respite before the hectic days of the following term begin. At least, that’s this academic’s view of the true reason for the season.


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A heart-wrenchingly honest look at mental health care in America

. . . from the perspective of a parent of a mentally disturbed child.

As this is such a relevant issue to the tragedy in Connecticut as well as my own personal life, I felt the need to share this article. “Blog post” is an inadequate title, in my opinion.


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A new look

Today has been a day of frantic activity for me, here on WordPress. I have overhauled and moved, deleted and edited and all in all, I’m feeling quite pleased with my progress.

Originally, I wanted this site to host all of my writing, but I’ve found that it didn’t work out as well as I wanted.

So, from now on, this site will be for my creative writing and my hobby writing.

My academic pages have been moved to a new site.

I look forward to starting the new year off right and getting through the holiday season.


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Viking Pride

Let Knowledge Serve the City

Let Knowledge Serve the City

I’ve learned that one needs to be flexible in order to get the most out of life. In parenting, in the military, in a relationship. And I know it is a skill that I will be relying on from now until I finish earning my degrees.

I guess it applies here, too. I had not intended to make my site public again until I had a nice stockpile of articles set by so that I could have a new post each day, all set up in advance. However, I got some great news today and I want to share.

I got word that I have been accepted to Portland State University! I’m ecstatic!

It was a bit of a gamble, withdrawing from Oregon State before I had my acceptance, but it was oh so necessary. I still do not regret that decision. I only wish I had withdrawn earlier and saved myself some money. Hindsight is kind of a bitch, sometimes.

But, I did make lots of progress towards my end goal for running this site, and will continue to work on it.I’m just not yet set up for the automated posts that I wanted to have ready.

However, as I will now begin the process of attending PSU, I know I will want to talk and post about it, so the site is back open. I hope you enjoy the changes I’ve made thus far, and if you have any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment.

New, proud, PSU Viking.




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Grand Re-Opening!


I know, three weeks early. What can I say? I missed you all and have news to share. The next post will explain.


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