If you’ve stalked read my blog long enough then you’ll know that I’m desperate overly eager to get some of my work published under my pseudonym: Britta Hages. Up until now, all of my writing, both fiction and non-fiction, has been published with my real name in the byline. Which is great – awesome, even – after all, I’ll never forget what it felt like … Continue reading Freelance Writing Opportunity
I was chatting on the phone with one of my friends today when she noticed that one of her chickens had gone rouge and escaped its pen. Now, I’m not one to pigeonhole other species, but it you’ve ever been by chickens then you know that they are the Jason Bournes of the bird world. Well… maybe not in intelligence but certainly in stealthiness. Think … Continue reading Wayward Chickens Chasing Dreams
For some reason, as I sit by my window, watching the world around me thaw out from another Midwestern winter, I can’t help but feel like a naked tree. It’s true that I purposely asked my mother for a random topic to blog about since my website is dangerously close to surpassing even a stagnate state. But even so, when she threw the not-so-creative “leafless … Continue reading Naked Trees & Spring Cleaning
Yes, I’m talking to YOU. Calm down. Just breathe. To clarify, I did not win the Powerball. (I know, I know – how disappointing. Now, just imagine how I feel!) Did I get you, though? Yeah, I totally did. However, when I said lottery, I meant the writing lottery. What’s that, you ask? Well, to be perfectly honest, I just made it up. Though, I’m sure, … Continue reading I Won the Lottery!
A while ago my dog, Woogie, had a cartoon caricature drawn of him by artist Char Reed. Her new book, Cartoon Animal Friends, was in the early stages of the publication process and she was looking for volunteers to submit animal pictures to be used as the inspiration for the step-by-step demonstrations in the book. Long story short, I submitted a little later than requested, … Continue reading Pawtographs and a Writing Plan
“I’m as tall as the sky!” That’s what my three-year-old nephew told me while I was watching him over the holidays. And, for some reason, the phrase has really stuck with me ever since. I’ve even gone as far as starting to develop the bones of a short story just so I can use that line for some dialogue! I don’t know why that line … Continue reading As Tall as the Sky!
Today there are hundreds of New Year’s resolutions floating around the atmosphere, let alone plastered all over the Facebook universe. Some are backed by good intentions, lifelong desires, and even more from spur of the moment interests. Regardless of where these resolutions stem from, I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to bottle up all these grand expectations or wishful thoughts or … Continue reading New Year’s Lightening Bugs
A few years ago, when I was extremely broke and living with a roommate who was equally unfortunate monetarily, we had our lights shut off. It was mid-afternoon and the energy company wouldn’t be able to turn everything back on until the following day, so we were pretty much stuck living in darkness until then. My roommate, who was a freak about technology, was lost … Continue reading Good Bad Days
Well, in true procrastinator fashion, I haven’t written pretty much anything in a long while. Surprising, I know. I think we’ve all been there and done that and, more annoyingly, read a bazillion hiatus blog posts about that very same issue. Suffice it to say, I picked up this book called Book in a Month. You guessed it – it’s about how to write a … Continue reading BIAM: Day One
So I received some holiday cheer a bit early this year when I opened my mailbox and found a free Starbucks gift card. Yay! Though I’m not a big fan of coffee, I’m a complete sucker for their Carmel Apple Spice drink and a free gift card is a free gift card, am I right? Well during my liaison with a certain venti cup filled … Continue reading Not-So-Strange Strangers in a Coffee Shop