Category: Random Generalizations & Observations

Fun & Humor, Random Generalizations & Observations

The Thrill of Quirky Analog Places

Analog places

A record store just opened in my town! It goes nicely with the indie bookstore that opened last year and the board game shop where I spend too much time and money. No, the year is not 1980 and we’re not going back in time. Analog is making a comeback and with it comes the …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management, Random Generalizations & Observations

Kick the Negative People to the Curb

Negative People

I recently ended a long-term friendship. Perhaps friendship isn’t the right word, at least not for what the relationship became in the past few years. What began as an even exchange of friendship, commiseration, help, confidence, and caring degenerated into a one-sided affair as this person became one of the most negative people I’ve ever …

Random Generalizations & Observations, Writing Tips & Career Advice

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. …

Publishing Tips & Topics, Random Generalizations & Observations, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Writing, Publishing, and Anxiety


It’s no great secret that I’ve lived with depression and anxiety pretty much since I hit adolescence. I’ve spent an awful lot of time and money looking for the “fix,” but of course there really isn’t one. Especially not for someone who is so sensitive to drugs that almost anything that might help is more …

Random Generalizations & Observations, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Not All Liberal Arts Degrees Are Useless

Liberal Arts Degrees

I have several friends and acquaintances whose kids are coming up on college. Several of them are taking the, “Let the kid study whatever she finds interesting and suits their talents,” while others are taking a much more militant, “You’re going into some STEM degree program because all liberal arts degrees are useless,” approach.