Almost June. My Summer of [self-]love & daring begins… I hope.

My brain has been all over the place this past weekend, awash in too many thoughts to really keep track. Just when I think I had some things pinned down, another would come my way. It was tiring, and working on chores was a helpful distraction at some points. But when my feet were throbbing … Continue reading Almost June. My Summer of [self-]love & daring begins… I hope.

The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…

Maybe it's my impatience at work, but my uncle had a random thought about cost-effectiveness, and put the flea in my aunt's ear. She brought up something I'd been thinking about for 10 years or more...getting rid of this place and starting over with a better one. There are three things this place has going … Continue reading The Home Repair Files; or When to Chuck it All In and Go Shopping For a New Place…

#023–How are we supposed to realistically protect ourselves & our identities online?

I guess this weekend's events are still taking up space in my noggin (see yesterday's post), because I know I had other questions I could've asked today. But damn it--with our everyday lives being forced online, how the hell are we realistically supposed to be protected and protect ourselves? Now, some might be of the … Continue reading #023–How are we supposed to realistically protect ourselves & our identities online?

#010–What’s in a (pen) name? How do you find a good one & keep your privacy…sort of?

I got to thinking again about maybe using a pen name when I start submitting stories again. My main reason for this is simple: my last name gives telemarketers apoplexy. I can't imagine seeing a customer try to find it on a bookstore shelf, or somebody on a book-talk radio show trying to pronounce it. It's tough enough for people I've known a while, let alone complete strangers.