A Kind Word & A Friendly Face

August 8th, 2022 “All they need is a kind word and a friendly face.” Kindness is like a thumb on a knot. I had a really insecure week. Not that the week wasn’t sure of what it was, but I’m not. I’ve just felt out of place and out of sorts, not myself, wobbly onContinue reading “A Kind Word & A Friendly Face”

Introduction v.2022

July 20th, 2022 How does a person get another person to like them the first time they meet? That’s what required of us when we write these stupid distillations of ourselves. If you hate me two sentences in, then I lose you. Definitely for the moment, most likely for today, and possibly forever. No pressure.Continue reading “Introduction v.2022”

Bubbles For Hedgehogs

July 11th, 2022 I’m sorry. Lately I’ve been in self-promotion mode. (But, kids, we’re selling books, so it’s working.) I made the decision to release the two biggest books of my life within a month of each other; that is the bed I made, and I am stressfully, sleeplessly laying in it. But I doContinue reading “Bubbles For Hedgehogs”

Victim of Me

June 23rd, 2022 “You cannot heal in the same environment where you got sick.” What a full load of bullshit. But that phrase (or related ones) keeps popping up like a weed, in real life and the not-so-real life we know as the internet. This sentence perpetuates the idea that we cannot get better rightContinue reading “Victim of Me”

Sunny Days of Rain

May 20th, 2022 Yesterday I went outside to pick up dinner. I could see the bright sun shining through the window before I left, so it was strange when I walked through the door and found that it was raining. For all the weather we get here, it felt like the most emotionally relatable. AllContinue reading “Sunny Days of Rain”

Hello There

May 17th, 2022 This doormat is a lesson. We saw it last week and fell in love with it. How could you not? It has one of the best breeds of baby on it, wearing sunglasses, borrowing Obi-Wan Kenobi’s most famous (and meme-able) phrase. We did not buy it. See, we live in a destructiveContinue reading “Hello There”

These Things I Remember

January 1st, 2022 I guess I’m just going to keep trying to remember. I’ll remember that it doesn’t matter what a person believes in — just what they do with it. I’m going to remember that my worth has nothing to do with my accomplishments, or lack thereof. I’m going to remember that there isContinue reading “These Things I Remember”

Shaking When Stirred

December 12th, 2021 I worked a lot this weekend. (If you popped into the restaurant at any time, virtually open to close, on Saturday or Sunday, I was there to delight/annoy you.) This little girl missed me. A lot. She always greets me at the door, but tonight was different. She missed me so muchContinue reading “Shaking When Stirred”

Twin Cities Con Report 2021

October 3rd, 2021 Get your splatterguard for this post because a lot of heart and guts are heading your way. First and foremost: the warmest and fuzziest hugs to the organizers and volunteers of Twin Cities Con. It’s no secret that our community was cautious of a new convention coming to town; in a way,Continue reading “Twin Cities Con Report 2021”

Something > Nothing

September 28th, 2021 Someone close to me shared a video of a TED Talk about anxiety yesterday morning. I am nothing if not consistently anxious; if anxiety were an electrical current, I am always at a level where you would receive a static shock if you tapped on my shoulder. Beyond describing the different formsContinue reading “Something > Nothing”