Stirling Castle, Scotland I was up early this morning, around 4 am. If I had to work today, that would've been fine. The strike's still going, however, so I am home. Like most days, as soon as I woke up my brain started reminding me of all the stuff I either felt I needed to … Continue reading The productivity paradox
Sidhe Viewpoint, West of Loch Ness, Scotland So, this is 2022. No big difference that I can tell. We still have several inches of snow on the ground. I have things that need to be done (laundry, dishes, bills, grocery run). Might go to a museum later today. I'm feeling the need to be either … Continue reading Small steps lead to big changes
Alley in Inverness, Scotland So, this is Christmas 2021. Second time around during a pandemic, one that I fully believe could've been contained earlier, more completely, and resulted in more families celebrating with loved ones than holding onto memories. I believe in science, that people aren't inherently selfish, and are willing to sacrifice small comforts … Continue reading Pandemic Christmas take 2
My flight from Seattle to Glasgow, via Philadelphia - August 2018 At my last counseling session, I was given a diagnosis. I expected it, honestly, and it wasn't a surprise. Depression and anxiety. Not severe enough to warrant medication, but that may be an option if the behavioral therapy I'm slowly putting into place doesn't … Continue reading Giving myself permission
Chapter Two “Thia?” Jinaari called out from the door. “It’s open,” she said. She swung her legs off the wide bunk. Captain Stone had insisted she take his cabin for their voyage. Jinaari slept in a hammock belowdecks with the crew. She felt guilty, but everyone said it was the best option. The … Continue reading Scales & Stingers teaser!
Staircase to my rooms, Fa'side Castle, Scotland I get to do something today I haven't done in 2 years. I'm going to a feast put on by the Barony within the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) that I associate with. Stringent COVID protocols are in place, and I am grateful for those. It's a step … Continue reading Another step toward normal
Detail of a ceiling in Stirling Castle, Scotland Several years ago, the room where my office is was a game/tv room. It's not a big space. It sits off the living room. A pair of double doors are present, so I can isolate myself when I'm in a deep writing mode. Originally, we both had … Continue reading My space
I was just given a gift of time. It wasn't expected, or necessarily wanted, but it's there. Truck drivers in our area are on strike - specifically, concrete drivers and I work for a concrete company. The walk out began shortly before Thanksgiving. I've had a few shorter days, plus an extra day during the … Continue reading When things get interesting
Trail to Fairy Glen, near Rosemarkie, Black Isle, Scotland I like to do things for other people. I get a rush out of selecting gifts for birthdays or holidays for people who matter the most in my life. Chosen family, friends, etc. I'm sure there's a science behind it. Something about endorphins making my brain … Continue reading Caring matters
Dashing out the door to work in a few, so will make this short! To celebrate Cyber Monday, my novella is FREE for the Kindle! Sale runs through Tuesday the 30th, and is worldwide, so grab a copy while you can! Tell your friends! Gift it to them without guilt! A review would be cool, … Continue reading Cyber Monday 2021 Sale!