Adventures in dog walking and dog sitting

I’m writing a book! You can read the first chapter of my memoir by clicking here.  You can also read the preceding commentary by clicking here. Thank you for your comments so far, looking forward to more feedback.

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Today has been a continuation of last night’s shit show. Rhetorical question: how does one parent teens?

Seriously, the amount of stuff on the calendar between last night and the end of this coming weekend is unusually heavy due to a tournament, a kid having been sick, a last minute sleepover birthday party requiring a drop off and a pickup which required some really complicated communications with another set of parents, a bunch of re-organized parent-teacher interviews that caused more, not less stress due to a the above mentioned tournament and…dog sitting.

Here’s the thing. Continue reading

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Music, writing and the first chapter is posted

This blog post was written while listening to the instrumental version of

With or Without You by U2

Powerful music to influence and inspire.

I didn’t know who Alan Cohen is but he said this cool quote:

Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect. Continue reading

NOT writing books during NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth

About a year and a half ago I started writing a memoir. I wrote it like I was possessed, the words flowing out of my head and onto my screen without too much trouble.

I didn’t edit. I didn’t re-read. I just wrote it out.

Then I stopped.

I worried. Why can’t I continue? Why am I stuck now, after such a strong start? Continue reading

Pen-names, aliases or actual names on blogs

Do you blog under your own name or do you use a pen-name?

Did you choose an alias for yourself, or others who are mentioned in your stories?

How did you choose what to name yourself as an author of a blog?

I used to be known as Javamom at another, previous blog. I didn’t mind this in the beginning, but after a while I was a little irked by that. I mean, I am more than a coffee drinking mom (Java and mom), right? Do I really want the internet to continue to call me that?

Do I really want people who are not my offspring call me anything with the word mom in it?

When I abandoned the Javaline blog (and the Javamom pen-name) and started this one, I was on the fence whether I should use my own name. I asked myself questions like this: Continue reading

Blogging twice: merging two personalities with writing

How many blogs do you write on? Have you started, and/or abandoned different blogs over the years?

I thought blogging was going out of style after the initial mom-blog bandwagon that I, too, jumped on. Today, I seem to notice no shortage of blogs, and most have nothing to do with parenting! Plus, it appears empty-nesters and seniors are happily blogging away, as my reader feed tells me.

This makes me happy. 😊

I currently maintain two blogs: this one, and the Sorry, Can’t Hear You blog.

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Why do we blog? On fear, inspiration and writer’s block

I’ve noticed while reading other blogs that one of the persistent worries people have is that they don’t have anything exciting to write about.

Often times I see phrases like ‘my life is boring, routine and not interesting’, or variations of that.

Well, I think we all get sucked into that mentality, don’t we? For the most part, life is pretty routine, for all of us.

So why is it that some people find things to write about daily and maintain interest in their readership, while others struggle to come up with something they consider interesting enough to write/blog about and share with the internet? Continue reading