Author: Jennifer Derrick

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Finding a Great Book Club

Book club

As a reader, I’ve been through… um… probably fifteen to twenty book clubs in my life. I’m not a serial book club abandoner, but things change. I’ve changed clubs when I’ve changed locations, when my genre interests have changed, and when the club has fallen apart. Sometimes people leave and the club just can’t keep …

Benefits of Play, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego

Why I’d Rather Play Like a European

Play Like a European

I hear you: What the hell is this woman rambling on about now? What is this, “Play like a European business?” Stick with me and you’ll see. First, a couple of definitions: In board games, a distinction is drawn between “Ameritrash” games and Eurogames. While the differences can be nuanced (and vary from person to …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

A Course in Fearless Writing? Excuse Me While I Laugh.

Fearless writer

Why has “fearless” become the new buzzword? Universal Studios has been running ads during the Olympics touting a trip to their resort as a way to raise fearless kids who won’t be living in your house when they’re thirty-seven. A local zip-line park is running ads about becoming fearless when you tackle their zip-lines. Even …

Fun & Humor, Writing Tips & Career Advice

What Olympians and Writers Have in Common

Olympians and writers

I’ve written before about why I am an avid Olympics watcher. Basically it’s because I’m enthralled by the stories of the athletes and the Games themselves. As a writer, I appreciate the trials and tribulations, plot twists, and history that go hand in hand with the Games. It all combines to make a magnificent story …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management

The Reproduction of Creativity

The Reproduction of Creativity

Today I’m going to teach you a class that I’ll bet you missed in high school biology: The reproduction of creativity. (Don’t worry. This isn’t the sort of class where boys and girls need to have separate classrooms. This is all for one because creativity is, thankfully, gender neutral.)