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Absent Imaginary Friends
“Oh! I thought you had someone in here with you,” Gram said. And then, after a puzzled silence, “What are you doing?” What I was doing, hours after my official bedtime, in the dark, was acting out one of my … Continue reading
The Switch Flipped
“You wouldn’t give up the bottle,” my dad said. “We tried everything. You’d scream bloody murder if any of us tried to take it from you. And then, one night…” His eyes twinkled mischievously. I loved this about my dad’s … Continue reading
Letters to Myself: Give Up on Your Goals
Dear Kristene, You are a planner. You got that from your mom, your adopted mom, who would spend the better part of a year planning a summer vacation. Remember the stacks of folded clothes on the basement table, months before … Continue reading
Packing up has begun over here at the Coconut Chronicles. Slowly, I am organizing posts and putting them into boxes. I seal them with tape and mark in black felt pen “Bahamas”, “Florida”, “Ucluelet”, “Baja”, and so on. There are … Continue reading
Posted in Friends, Grief and Mourning, Life, On Scribbling Tagged blogging, feeling broken, grief, procrastination, writing 6 Comments
I’m Okay? You’re Okay?
“Is everything okay with you?” My dear friend Pat asked this of me on Sunday evening. As well as being one of my best friends in the universe, he is also a regular Coconut Chronicles reader and he noted that … Continue reading
Process: The Most Important, Least Teachable, Skill Every Writer Needs to Learn!
Any student of the writing craft will, at some point, encounter the phrase writing process, often shortened to simply process. “What’s your process?” We learn that every author has their own unique process that takes them from blank page to … Continue reading
“I’m not feeling it.” These words, written by my friend and co-author Josh, were like a bucket of cold water being dumped on my head. Here we were, sixteen chapters into the outline for our fifth and final novel in … Continue reading
Posted in Friends, Health and wellness, Life, On Scribbling, Travel, USA Tagged change, earthquake, life changes, shift, writing problems 2 Comments
By the Numbers – Beyond the World Fantasy Convention
150 My friend Helmi introduced me to this number more than a decade ago. 150, also known as the Dunbar number, is the maximum number of people a human can have in their social group. Of course, like any sociological … Continue reading