• writing

    Why am I here? Relationships and storytelling

    I went to a blogging conference this past weekend. My first, actually. I put down some thoughts about the overall takeaways from that gathering in a post over at Mississippi Women Bloggers. Just a few of the fabulous ladies I spent the weekend with at #AWBU. Oh, and my purse, front and center on that gorgeous coffee table at IO Metro Furniture. I had never met a single one of these folks in real life prior to this trip, so there was lots of “getting to know you.” One question that naturally came up about every 46 seconds on average was: “So what is your blog about?” Lots of folks…

  • blogging,  community,  hide,  writing

    Blog Tour!

    When Jessica Thornton (who blogs over at Meet the Magnolias) asked me to take part in this blog tour, I said, “Sure!” because I love these “share the love”, community-building kinds of posts. (Speaking of community, Jessica helps me out over at Mississippi Women Bloggers by managing our Instagram and Pinterest, for which I thank her very much!)  1. What am I working on? Too much. Not enough. Too much of what I have to do, and not enough of what I want to do. But when I do get to work on what I really want to do, it involves photography, graphic design, and writing a book. Oh, yeah, and…

  • blogging,  faith,  not so small stories,  writing

    Did Jesus ever say “Meh”?

    Pondering text, tone, and all the stuff that has gone unwritten Tone It is true that tone makes all the difference in whatever it is that is being said. Or written. Or read. It is entirely possible to use tone without actual sound. Ever gotten an email with “tone”? I have. Most definitely. An email with “tone” can really get under my skin. I shouldn’t be so sensitive. Think about all the texts that we have access to that we could never possibly hope to hear a recording of how they were actually spoken originally. The Bible for example. The sonnets. The great poets. Shakespeare. Seriously, what if we knew…

  • love,  nerd,  Valentine's Day,  writing

    It’s Valentine’s Day, get out your…dictionary?

    I am such a nerd. As if I needed more confirmation of this, I had reason to look up the word “euphemism” this week, and turned to Merriam Webster online. Just under the word, it said “Euphemism is currently in the top 1% of lookups and is the 202nd most popular word on Merriam-Webster.com. See a list of the most popular words?” Um, yes. This took me to the most fabulous list of words, including things like “esoteric”, “duplicity”, “didactic”, “comradery”, and “plebian.” However, I notice that the most looked-up work this week and today is “love.” Gag. Really? People actually turn to the dictionary on or around Valentine’s Day…