A Story About Princess Leia

A Story About Princess Leia by Elizabeth Ditty Tonight I read my son a story about Princess Leia. I did not cry. (Not really.) My voice made its way around the lump in my throat To tell my son How to be brave despite dismal odds (I’ll never tell him the odds) How to stand … Continue reading A Story About Princess Leia

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This is what it takes.

My poor little blog has been dormant for almost a year now, but I guess this is what it takes to wake up. I'm doing NaNoWriMo again this year, after my first failure in Year 11 last year.  I failed because I stopped writing after my seven-week-old daughter spiked a fever on Day 3, which … Continue reading This is what it takes.

[Around Here] Getting Hitched & Gearing Up

First and foremost, top news in my life is that this happened: And I mailed off the executed marriage license today, so now he's officially stuck with me. We had an afternoon wedding (and the weather, rather kindly, turned out absolutely perfect), and afterwards we took our kiddo to my parents' house, put him to bed, … Continue reading [Around Here] Getting Hitched & Gearing Up

A Creative Kick in the Pants

Oh, hi there. You know how Woody Allen never watches his films once they're completed because nothing ever lives up to the vision of the story he had in his head? Well, I get that. I was so excited to start on my current (not sure how apt that word is, given I haven't worked … Continue reading A Creative Kick in the Pants

On NaNoWriMo, Birthdays and Thankfulness

Every 5 to 11 years, Thanksgiving falls on my birthday.  It's been a long stretch this time around, and I haven't celebrated a Thanksgiving birthday since 2002, when I was 19 turning 20.  So, in the past 11 years, my life has changed drastically, and so, so much for the better.  Since then, I've gotten … Continue reading On NaNoWriMo, Birthdays and Thankfulness

My 10 Commandments of NaNoWriMo, New Parent Edition

I've thought long and hard about attempting NaNoWriMo this year.  There are plenty of reasons not to do it, but let's be honest -- there are always plenty of reasons not to write 50,000 words in one month.  This will be my 9th year, and in the end, I decided I would feel better about … Continue reading My 10 Commandments of NaNoWriMo, New Parent Edition