Round 2 of School at Home

Really, the whole point of this post is to say blogging will be all over the place. Hopefully it'll only be through December and then I can spend more time here, but who knows? Back in June, the plan was for us to send our oldest back to the classroom and our youngest would be … Continue reading Round 2 of School at Home

Friday Fun: My Son Made a Board Game

Happy Friday! Initially, I hadn't intended on posting today, but my son created something I promised I would share about. So I'm here to take a break from all things books and writing to be a proud mother. I don't know if it's because we're basically locked back up at home again now that the … Continue reading Friday Fun: My Son Made a Board Game

When Books Start Talking to You, You Know It’s Time

And by that, I mean it's time for me to be honest with myself and with you. I'm overwhelmed. I'm exhausted. I can't keep up. I don't know what I'm doing anymore. I've been buried in everything that is my life for so long that it feels easier to just chug along and keep pushing … Continue reading When Books Start Talking to You, You Know It’s Time

Short Story: The Tablet

Once upon a time, The Lily Cafe was a writing blog. The writing community that existed here somewhere around 7 years ago was amazing and supportive. I met so many lovely writers and I have very fond memories of exchanging thoughts and ideas with many of them. Sadly, most of them left this space, except … Continue reading Short Story: The Tablet

Safer at Home Order Journal #12

Dear Kids, I know. It's been a while. In my defense, you two have been keeping me very busy. It's been so long. Where do I start? Well, all of my English teachers always said to start with the main idea and then go narrow. Maybe by the time you're old enough to really read … Continue reading Safer at Home Order Journal #12

Journal For My Kids #5

Dear Kids, Yup, the pandemic is still on. Yup, it's Election Day. Yup, it's been an interesting time. It's been kind of interesting to watch everything going on, all the rallies and events where masks have been worn. Or not. Watching all the voter suppression going on in it's myriad ways. Listening to all the … Continue reading Journal For My Kids #5

Safer at Home Order Journal #10

Dear Kids, It's been about a month. A month full of distance learning and wildfires. Yes, the pandemic is still going on. We're 6 months in, and Mommy is finally starting to lose it. I hope you're both young enough that, when you read this when you're older, you have no clue what I'm talking … Continue reading Safer at Home Order Journal #10

Safer at Home Order Journal #9

Dear Kids, We made it! Not to the end of the pandemic, unfortunately. No, that's still ongoing. And going and going and going. It's been over 5 months now, but Dad is feeling really good about the vaccine information he has available to him. I meant we made it through our first week of school … Continue reading Safer at Home Order Journal #9

First Grade, Here We Come!

Summer has come to an end. Tomorrow my little boy starts First Grade. First of all, how dare he grow up, turn 6, and go off into the numbered years of school? It's sometimes hard to reconcile the tiny little 34 week preterm baby he was to the long-limbed getting-too-tall-on-mommy sophisticated 6 year old he … Continue reading First Grade, Here We Come!

Why I Share My Fiction

Once upon a time, The Lily Cafe was a writing blog in 2013-2015. I shared my fiction and some poetry. Most of it's still there if you're curious; they're too much a part of what this blog is for me to want to delete it. When I came back to blogging in 2018, I hoped … Continue reading Why I Share My Fiction