Why does this make me feel dirty?

Self promotion makes me horribly uncomfortable. The thing is, if this were someone else, I would advise them to advertise on their blog, duh! How else will people know you are selling yourself if you don't occasionally put out the streamers and the scary balloon-man with the waving tentacle-arms? And another thing... I've noticed I…

This Wonderfully Small, Big Blue Marble

Something wonderful happened today. Today I received a comment from a fellow blogger asking my permission to translate one of my stories into Spanish and repost it on her own blog.  Of course, I said, si! (If you are curious, and can read Spanish, here is a link to the story: http://parapalabras.com/2013/10/23/mirando-el-reloj-de-jill-schmehl/ ) What makes this wonderful?…

“You suck, please quit, now.”

A long time ago, I got off the phone with a recruiter, marched boldly down the hall to my boss/friend's office and told her I thought I should quit and become a consultant because apparently I was worth $30,000 more a year elsewhere. My boss/friend spent the next 10 minutes telling me, in many, many…

On Sharing

My mother says when I was a child, I was generous with my toys.  I always shared with my siblings.  I like sharing, its easy for me.  I don't think about it, I just do it. I want everyone I care about to have what I have. My generosity doesn't extend to strangers. I very…

September Reading List

I'm trying something new this month. Instead of just willy-nilly picking books based on Amazon's and Goodread's 'Recommended for you' lists, then reading the free preview, getting bored and moving on...  until I accidentally land on something I like, I decided to actually put some effort in to picking a month's worth of books to…

This is dedicated to:

If I ever get my fiction published, I will dedicate my first book to my seventh grade teacher. This is what the dedication will say: To Mrs. Weigel, who gave me an award for a story I didn't write. Yeah, that story of mine that you gushed over, that earned me the only A+ I…