Writing Challenges

Hi everyone! A quick note to let you all know that I’m focused this month on writing in a big way—but not on this blog at the moment. I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and finally editing the novel I wrote several years ago. My goal is to have 30 hours of editing by the end of […]

Frank Rippy, Where Are You Now?

I remember a kid from my kindergarten class. He wasn’t the cleanest kid, or the most out-going. He had one of those perpetually runny noses, his shaggy blond hair was always flying every which way, and his jeans always had holes in the knees. Read More >>

Winter Hibernation

It feels a bit like awakening from a long slumber. When I took a week off from blogging right before Christmas, I had no way of knowing that a “week” would end up being three months!

Blogging—I’ve missed it, and I’ve been extremely hesitant to get back into it. But here I am today, wanting to re-connect with you, with my blog, with my public writing-self. Click to read what’s been going on with Traveling Ev!

All About Guns

{Guest Post} How many guns would a normal person want to own? I don’t think there should be a limit. Some people are “gun enthusiasts” just as some people are car enthusiasts. I only need one car but other people may like to have several cars and/or trucks that they use for different purposes or just because they want to. The same thing goes for guns. Read more on this person’s views on guns. >>

Resilience is not Enough

{Guest Post} We are facing unbelievable gun violence. Or more precisely: we are facing unbelievable acceptance of gun violence. And we don’t need resilience to fight it. We don’t need to simply steel ourselves to the grimness of the world and refuse to change anything about our daily lives, picking up after yet another tragedy and decreeing that we will not be made to live in fear. Read more on Molly’s viewpoints >>

Tidbits

Sometimes you have a lot to say on one topic, and sometimes you have a little to say on a lot of topics. Tonight I have the latter. There’s earthquake cake, novels, guns, and more in this entry! Pique your interest? Read more >>

Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?

I toss and I turn. I open my eyes and stare at the ceiling. I sigh loudly. I roll onto my stomach and prop myself up on my elbows. I stare at the dark wall. I think about my life. I roll over onto my back. I throw my pillow on the floor. I cover my head with my blankets. I close my eyes. I think about my life. I sigh loudly. I roll back over and smash my face into the mattress. I turn to the side and curl into a ball. I doze off, fitfully. Does this sound familiar? What might you do about it? >>

Not Cold and Heartless

“I’m thankful for…stuff in my life. You know, just general things.” That’s about all I had to say. I wasn’t satisfied with my response, but couldn’t think of a way to make it better in the moment. My contribution left me feeling slightly cold and heartless, and generally not appearing that thankful for anything. Read More >

It’s So Appropriate

November’s “novel” is about my second year of Peace Corps, which of course means I’m writing about some of the challenges I faced as a Peace Corps volunteer while living in Armenia. As though simply writing about them weren’t enough, it looks like my life decided I need to relive some of those difficulties so as to better remember them—and thus make the story come alive. Read More >