November 3, 2021

NaNoWriMo 2021 Day 3 – Here There Be Hurricanes

Every person who writes a novel is crazy. We are the captains of leaky ships who believe the rigging will be mended, the crew will not mutiny, the sky will return. There is something inside us that demands we make sail, that points us directly into the hurricane.
November 2, 2021

NaNoWriMo Day 2: What I Love About the Genre I Write

Poetry is the perfect blend of my two loves.
November 1, 2021

NaNoWriMo 2021 Day 1: Tips for Success

Tips to help you get started on NaNoWriMo day 1, November 1, 2021.
October 31, 2021

The Jerrie Mock Podcast – Season 2, Episode 1, Now Live!

Who was the first woman to fly around the world? That’s right…not Amelia Earhart. It was, in fact, our editor-in-chief’s grandmother, Jerrie Mock. We’d like to […]
October 30, 2021

Helpline

Rinsing the coffee pot on a Friday night, swirling hot water into glass, it is funny how I revert to Friday nights almost twenty years ago...
October 25, 2021

Book Review: The Unofficial Harry Potter Book of Cocktails: Fantastic Drinks and How to Make Them by Rhiannon Lee and Georgia Hingston

If you’re a Harry Potter fan or have one in your life who’s interested in cocktails, this is a nicely packaged way to bring the Wizarding World to your table. Cheers!
October 25, 2021

NaNo Prep Post 4: NaNoWriMo 2021 is Almost Here – Are You Ready?

It’s almost here! NaNoWriMo 2021 is just 6 days away. Oh, that glorious, wondrous time when we put aside all reason and write an entire novel draft in 30 days or less. Here are a few things I do each year to get myself ready, to keep myself motivated, and to get that winner’s badge.
October 24, 2021

A Delicious Twist: Rita’s Review of the Ahmad Lemon-Lime Twist Black Tea

Thus far, each Ahmad tea variety that I’ve tried, I have loved. September’s tea is no exception. The Lemon & Lime Twist is delicious! For any citrus lover who drinks black tea, this is definitely a must try. The fact that it’s affordable is pretty nice, too.
October 23, 2021

Rufus

"Many call you various names, but hearing the rustle of leaves in your coat, I called the mottled gold light, Rufus."
October 18, 2021

Staying Healthy During NaNoWriTing: Tips From a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist

Since that year, I’ve been committed to staying active all November long each year. I thought I’d share some of my tips and tricks here for fellow NaNo-ers who might need a little help in their own journey.
October 18, 2021

NaNoWriMo Prep Week 3: Finding the Right Consequences for Your Writing Motivation

Not sure how to get your butt in the chair to keep writing during NaNoWriMo? Check out these unique rewards and consequences one writer’s group uses to keep themselves motivated.
October 16, 2021

The Rift

The wide canyon-like rift that divided humanity was caused by strong faith in gods and whose was superior.
October 15, 2021

The MockingOwl Roost Volume 1, Issue 4: Community

Our first open-submission issue of the MockingOwl Roost is now live! Within the pages, you'll find poetry, short fiction, inspiration pieces, a "how-to" for NaNoWriMo participants, and much more. Enjoy!
October 12, 2021

Emotional Widow

Emotional widows aren’t seen. It is like having an invisible illness. People can't see it, therefore it's difficult to pin down...
October 12, 2021

Book Review: Sisterhood of the Infamous

It’s written with such passion, and truth that you can feel what each character is going through. And as a result, I found that it took an emotional toll on me and was hard to read at times. Hard or not, I had to find out what happened next.
October 11, 2021

NaNoWriMo Prep Week 2: Your Writing Space

Here are some things I’ve done to create that writing space for myself even in the midst of: being married and sharing a studio apartment with another NaNo-er, having no office, and having no place to “go to” for writing, and working from home full-time.
October 9, 2021

Returning

The bloom of our apple trees Is long over,
October 7, 2021

Book Review: Skin of Tattoos

This book is an emotional rollercoaster, and I really enjoyed the adrenaline pumping action. Violence, tenderness, love, loyalty, death, and betrayal play across the pages like an intricate melody that never fully resolves.
October 4, 2021

NaNoWriMo Prep Week 1: Writer’s Groups

I’ve personally participated in NaNoWriMo for twelve years already and won eleven years (meaning I completed the 50,000 words on a brand new novel or rewrite of a novel). So, I thought I’d share some insight on my own preparations that hopefully will help newbies or long-standing NaNo-ers who’ve perhaps struggled a little. Today, we’re looking at writer’s groups and their value during this time.
September 30, 2021

The Llama You’ll Never Know

Rita Mock-Pike Hiking Machu Picchu is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Capturing an award-winning photograph of a llama on said Ancient Wonder is, too. Or at least, I […]