• Writing

    Parenting During Divorce | A Guest Post on Mary Gottschalk’s Blog

    Today I’m visiting with Mary Gottschalk on her blog with an essay I prepared on the topic of parenting during divorce. My essay dovetails with a novel-in-progress Mary is working on where just such a situation is making life difficult for a mother and her 11-year old daughter. I do hope you will come and visit Mary’s blog and join in the discussion. * * * Parenting sounds simple when reading the definition found in most dictionaries. Most sources define parenting as the “rearing of children” or as simple as “the act or process of becoming a parent.” In most instances, it is not as easy as these definitions imply. Specifically,…

  • Social Media,  Time Management

    Save Time on Social Media by Using Shortcut Keys

    Using social media can lead to a love/hate relationship. We love social media for its ability to connect us with others with like minds and interests. We hate social media when its allure mesmerizes us into wasting time better used for something else. Time spent on social media can be made more efficient through the use of shortcuts, or keyboard shortcuts, or as some call them hot keys. Whatever their name, they can increase your efficiency while you try to make the most of your social media connections. The first step in using these magical shortcuts is finding out what they are for each social media outlet or software you’re…

  • Writing

    Photo Journal | Does It Have Benefit in Writing?

    This post is an experiment in multiple things: Did I manage to get decent photos on our recent trip to the coast? Am I capable of using them in a blog post that relates to writing and/or memoir? Did I miss my calling as a photo journalist? Answers coming up! * * * Last week we spent the first three days of the week relaxing at the Oregon coast. Three years had passed since our last visit, and time there was long overdue. So, we packed up and went despite weather predictions of storms and rain, which I dearly love at the coast. But those weather prognosticators were wrong and…

  • Writing,  Writing Tips,  Writing Tools

    How to Use Mind Mapping in Writing Memoir

    I’ll be honest. Until I started writing and reading extensively about writing, I had never heard of mind mapping. Outlining, yes. Mind mapping, no. Early on in my drafting, I felt the need for a bit more organization. I tried outlining. It had never been a great gift of mine. Indexing on cards didn’t work well for me either. And then I came across an article on mind mapping. The information shared struck a chord, and I began investigating some of the online mind mapping tools, while questioning whether it would work with writing memoir. My next search for information landed on a blog where a writer shared his experience…