Laying the Foundation, or What’s a Year in the Life of a Writer? (PLUS A FREE BOOK!)

Congratulations to nerdgirl1115! She won an ebook of her choice. Woo! 2016 promises to be a busy year of writing, editing, publishing, and all the things that go along with that. Before we get into all that, I thought it would be nice to close out 2015 and start 2016 with a book giveaway. Drop a … Continue reading Laying the Foundation, or What’s a Year in the Life of a Writer? (PLUS A FREE BOOK!)


If I have my way, and really, why wouldn't I? It's my life, after all. Anyway... If I have my way, I'm going to talk about my health a LOT in the coming year. I've set some pretty specific goals for myself, specifically in the fabulous world of biking. But I totally get how, if … Continue reading Go!

Top Five Things to do with Soda (besides drink it)

I'm a Pepsi girl myself. Love the stuff. Always have. And, the great thing is, it has so many uses beyond just making my pancreas go insane with the overload of sugar. You can read all about that over at Johns Hopkins. They're pretty smart and use big words, and they know their stuff. I know … Continue reading Top Five Things to do with Soda (besides drink it)


In 1986, I was a freshman in high school. And, more notably, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy was formed. My goal was to survive the day to day challenges of high school, theirs, a little more lofty.Rail-to-Trails converts abandoned railway lines into recreational trails. I've biked a few of them, and I am definitely a fan of their … Continue reading Set…


There was a time in my life when biking was very simple. I ran outside, picked up my bike, and peddled like the devil. I didn't have a destination. Or a master purpose. I just peddled. Growing up, we lived next door to a church. It had a giant gravel parking lot that made the … Continue reading Ready…

The Hills are Alive (and I’m pretty sure they hate me)

Remember that feeling of rushing down a hill, hands in the air, hair flying back, feet off the pedals because they're turning to fast to keep up?  I was the youngest of four kids in a single-mom family, growing up in the seventies. That meant no helmet and hand-me-down bikes  that were probably too big … Continue reading The Hills are Alive (and I’m pretty sure they hate me)

Permission to Ride

Memories are intrinsically linked to our senses. So much so that sensory stimulation can instantly trigger a memory, and when it happens, it invariably catches me off guard. For example, the second I pull on to I-84 headed east, I immediately think about my childhood home. My brain is flooded with memories of things I … Continue reading Permission to Ride

Thwarted – Another Five in Five Update

Once upon a time, in a completely differntly life, I attended one of those company sponsored business seminars. The takeaway lesson was 'If it isn't written, it isn't real." That message took hold in my brain and stuck. Perhaps it resonated with the burgeoning writer in me. Think about it, it doesn't matter who says … Continue reading Thwarted – Another Five in Five Update