I've seen it time and time again, in manuscripts I'm editing and even books I'm reading. Such a small word, such a pesky problem! The word "only" conveys a powerful sentiment. "Only" can mean the difference between "one more cookie" and "only one more cookie." "Only" can even change "the … [Read more...] about Are You Using “Only” Wrong?
Someone once asked if I read too much. Nope. At the beginning of each year, I challenge myself to read a set number of books. (I love using Goodreads' Reading Challenge for this!) This year was no different, and I'm even exceeding my original goal of 25. I'm on track to finish 40 books this … [Read more...] about My Favorite Books of 2018–and What I’ll Do Differently Next Year
In this newest fiction release, an epistolary short story, revisit the characters of the original series—and meet a new character you might have otherwise missed. This was originally supposed to be a fun writing experiment. I love novellas and short stories but never thought I could write one. … [Read more...] about Letters Home to 16th-Century England
Don't do it. No, I'm serious. Yes, I'm smiling as I write this, but seriously: Don't buy that fixer upper unless you're ready to spend hours upon hours ripping out nasty old carpet, getting dirtier than you've been since that week doing mission work in Costa Rica when you were 19. Ripping up not … [Read more...] about What No One Will Tell You About Buying a Fixer Upper
I was talking with someone the other day about how he's trying to say no more. When he mentioned something he's considering not doing anymore, I said he should add that activity to his don't-do list. What? Have you ever heard of a don't-do list? If you're like me, you have a long to-do list when … [Read more...] about Why You Need a Don’t-Do List (And How to Make One!)
Missed Part One? Devin and I accomplished a whole lot before we moved in this summer but here's a peek at some of our first post-move priorities! We didn't take much of a break after moving in, although we did celebrate my birthday and our second wedding anniversary with a short trip to the … [Read more...] about Our Fixer Upper: Part Two