Several months ago, I discovered podcasts. The shows made cleaning day tolerable, as I’d prop my phone on counter tops and listen to Jeff and Rebecca talk books while I scrubbed sinks, or Terry Gross interview Stephen King as I swept the kitchen floor. I found the access to new information so exciting, I began … Continue reading The best podcasts on the – airwaves?
There are few things as gratifying as fresh vacuum marks on carpet. I don’t need them to be evenly spaced or perfectly parallel, but I do love to see those neat rows, like a freshly mowed lawn, where just seconds before there were footprints and dried play dough and leaf detritus from outside. The best … Continue reading All the picture frames in our house are crooked
Dangling prepositions, also known as “preposition stranding,” are not, in fact, grammatically incorrect. Let me say that again. Or let Mike Vuolo say it in Slate magazine’s inaugural, deliciously dorky Lexicon Valley podcast episode, “A Sin of Which None is Guilty:” “It really is one of the biggest myths in the English language, this idea … Continue reading Why is this not headline news?!
I heard a term yesterday for the type of writer I am: a pantser. This week I have been trying unsuccessfully to revise a growing pile of manuscripts. My critique partner, critique group, and husband have been kind enough to read drafts and give feedback, and now it’s up to me rewrite. Which I don’t … Continue reading Are you a pantser?
My husband had barely gotten his foot in the door last Tuesday when I pounced. I grinned up at him, “I learned how to do podcasts today!” I could feel my whole body sparking with excitement. He looked at me blankly, suitcase in hand. Like most of the world, he discovered podcasts years ago. “You … Continue reading I’m a genius at the end of cleaning day
This morning, after the kids left for school, and my husband left for work, and I cleared the knives, and the toaster, and the spice rack off the counter so that I could scrub down the kitchen, I had a sudden urge to listen to Blondie. From out of nowhere, I've got a hankering to … Continue reading I had a hankering to listen to Blondie