Almost three years ago, shortly after I started writing again, I received my first rejection. It was also my first submission, so I was clearly starting out with a bang. I didn’t fret too much. I was submitting for a spot in a book, after all. And I hadn’t published anything other than a couple… Continue reading Launch Day!
I was feeling cocky last fall when I wrote my “Next Summer” post and gloated about our 70-degree weather in October signaling that summer in Texas was finally coming to an end. There is a flip side of course to all that, and it looks like this: Alas, summer has fully descended on us and… Continue reading Next Summer is Now
With the exception of a new bed (thank goodness), my husband’s room at his parent’s house is pretty much unchanged since he last lived there 20 years ago. Panoramic class photos from high school are tacked on the wall, the fashion trends of the mid-1990s forever encapsulated. Signed baseballs, yearbooks and a C.S. Lewis series… Continue reading The Adventures We Choose
This weekend was fall graduation at the university where I work and I imagine many others across the country. With a flip of the tassel, graduates will now face the unending question of “So, what are your plans?” For the students earning a degree in something that isn’t also a job title, such as history… Continue reading Carry It With You
When someone tells me they enjoy interpreting economic theory, running statistical models or watching television in real-time, I have one thought: “Someone actually likes these things?” I imagine some people feel similar when I say I love writing or, even more so, enjoy public speaking. Some people clamor for an audience, while others downright fear… Continue reading Toasting Our Strengths
Yes, I know summer officially ended over a month ago, but here in Texas, this is the first full week it has actually felt like fall, at least temperature-wise. Of course we have had the same pumpkin patch photos, seasonal-flavored lattes and gourd-decorated front porches as everyone else. But until now, most summer activities were… Continue reading Next Summer…
Procrastination has always been a weakness. Thank goodness the internet and social media didn’t exist in its current form when I was in college. I would have been back home in Texas before the first blizzard buried my Chicago campus. While I still procrastinate on projects, I like to think my methods of stalling have… Continue reading Is Being a Writer Silly?
Hello! As this is my first post, let me be the first to welcome you to Journey to Napa and thank you kindly for checking it out. Feel free to learn more about me and the blog here. Now that the formalities are out-of-the-way, I have to be honest that getting here took some time.… Continue reading Starting a Blog in 25 Easy Steps