Author: Jennifer Derrick

Creativity, Hobbies, Writing

You Don’t Have to Monetize Every Skill

In today’s culture, in America especially, there is a pressure to monetize every single skill that you possess. It doesn’t matter what it is… It could be something utterly obscure like yak raising. But dammit, if you raise yaks you’d better be making money off of them. It doesn’t matter if you simply want to …

Creativity, Play, Writing

Journaling with Coloring Books

Journaling Color 1

I’ve written before about my enjoyment of coloring. Long before adult coloring books became a thing, I was buying kid’s coloring books and some crayons and having fun. Now that adult coloring books are available, I’ve got a lot more to choose from! I discovered the therapeutic benefits of coloring back in the ’90’s when …

Marketing, Social Media

The High Cost of Social Media for Sensitive Authors

High Cost of Social Media

(Let me preface this post with the following: I am not a doctor. Neither am I an expert in social media, or much of anything else for that matter. I am an author who uses social media for marketing. I’m also a sensitive person who suffers from anxiety and depression. (There, I said it.) With …

Personal, Writing

New Year, Time to Find New Paths

New Paths

I don’t generally do New Year’s resolutions. (However, if you’re looking for some potential resolutions for yourself, I did do a post on resolutions for writers.) Rather than waiting for a date on the calendar, I just fix what needs fixing when I notice a problem. This year, however, I’m thinking of changing my policy. …

Fun, Reading

The Joy of Serendipity

While out shopping this holiday season, I had a rare opportunity to appreciate a long forgotten concept: Serendipity. The simple joy of discovering something new and unexpected. I was rushing around, picking up things I’d bought online, running errands, and grabbing gifts I’d already researched when I found myself stranded near a bookstore. I had …