Hello December, you last month of the decade you!

amazeballs armchair

Oh boy, November flew by. So fast, indeed, that I almost allowed myself to forget about failing at Nanowrimo… almost. Alas, what with winterizing and moving out of the RV, moving into our new apartment, a trip to Austin, family in town for Thanksgiving, and my ever-persistent self-sabotage and lack of discipline, I did not win Nanowrimo this year. Not even close. A far cry from 50k with my 10,808 words, but hey, those are ten thousand words I wouldn’t have otherwise. And, I’ve finally decided on my first writing project, after changing up my plan and outline about 13 times over the course of the week and a half I was actually really trying for Nanowrimo — I’m committing to writing a memoir about the RV. I figure […]

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“Are you scared?”

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“Are you scared?” “Are you scared?” After he asked me the question Thursday night, Reid’s voice echoed inside my head. And my gut reaction instantly was to nod my head “yes” and let the tears flow. *** I don’t even remember the first part of our conversation leading up to that question right now, just that my perception of it was clouded by how freaked out I was getting that NaNoWriMo started the next day. Reid, noticing my impending distress, took off his headset, set down the Xbox controller, and came to sit next to me on the couch. Wrapping his arms around me, he asked an honest and insightful question that maybe only someone who knows me so well could. “Are you scared?” And holy moly, am I […]

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what I have been up to lately

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I figured because it’s been a while since I started and then subsequently stopped my emPATHETIC blog, I could probably stand to do a brief summary of my life for the past year and a half or so. Here are all the major highlights that led up to where I’m at now – about to write a novel in 30 days for NaNoWriMo! Also, if you were reading when I posted my last RV update last year with what I think was the Canada blog post, then I feel like I left y’all in a place of me feeling totally overwhelmed and out of control amongst the RV madness, so I feel like I owe people the most recent update even moreso after leaving everyone with a taste in […]

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short story // children’s book: two little trees

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1 One fine Spring day, two tiny saplings realized they were alive. Having just freshly sprouted, they looked at each other from across the soil, then looked around them at the landscape. 2 “Wow,” said one, who we’ll call Pecan, “look at all the giant oak trees over there! Think we’ll ever grow that big and tall?” 3 “Hmmph,” harrumphed the other, called Nettle, “I doubt it’s possible. I mean look at us – we’re puny in comparison!” 4 Pecan nodded in agreement for a moment, then said, “Well I think someday we’ll be big and strong too. I’m going to do whatever I can to grow!” 5 Nettle shrugged then told Pecan, “You go right ahead. I don’t think we should bother. There’s no way we’ll ever be […]

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A short story about how Reid and I decided to do the RV thing

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I thought that for my first short story installment of October, I’d answer one of the questions Reid and I have received the most since embarking upon our RV journey: “How did you two decide to quit your jobs and do this?” The answer might disappoint you, I’m afraid. Or, at the very least, underwhelm you. I shall press on in the telling though. The main reason I grow concerned that people will be alarmingly underwhelmed by the backstory of our decision is because of the fact that neither one of us even remembers how or who first thought of the RVing idea. In February 2017, Reid and I went out for Valentine’s Day date night dinner at a local brewery in Redondo Beach. I was in-between jobs and […]

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couch to 2.9k (or how I’m prepping for nanowrimo)

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You know how there’s the couch to 5k program for runners? Well, once I decided that I will be participating in NaNoWriMo 2019, I came up with the idea to do a training program of sorts for myself. Lest you think I’d ever consider running distances of any length, let me quickly explain. Looking ahead to November for National Novel Writing Month, which entails thousands of participants signing up for the crazy feat of writing a novel first draft in 30 days, their minimum word count requirement to “win” or successfully complete the NaNoWriMo challenge is 50,000 words. Because I focus on writing full-time, versus having to write in free-time after a day job like many NaNoWriMo participants, I figure I should shoot for more words since I can write for greater […]

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019: Walmart parking lot in Moore, OK

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I just had the thought that maybe writing would seem easier if I just treated it like a Facebook post gone long that I would end up saving to draft and never posting. So here goes my first attempt at that! Imma be real y’all, RV grossness is coming up. I know it’s been awhile, but if you were squeamish at my Instagram video series of dumping the black tank, you may not wish to continue reading. Well people, it’s finally happened. To my mom Dianne Corbin, all your YouTubers weren’t wrong about this being a real issue for RVers. Especially after we left our RV untouched for months, I was so sure that we would come back to find this then. However despite my fears, we never faced […]

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019: BLM Land near Escalante, UT

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Does anyone else ever just take a pause in their life to look around, ponder, then ask, “What the heck am I doing?” [Side note, minimizing the Yoast SEO plugin just might be my best new discovery. Not obsessing over if the “readability” smiley face is green, orange, or red should do wonders for my writing and publishing of posts.] Anyways, back to my question. Because, I do, all the time. Oftentimes out loud to Reid (or Lincoln). Today is one of those days for sure. For a little backstory, I have been super obsessed with finding my purpose for a while now. This endless pursuit began when I was but a wee recruiter in the staffing industry (read: it’s a sales job, only masquerading as the job I […]

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The DMG Diary Method

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I have kept a diary off-and-on for a decent portion of my life. Recently, as I was cleaning out some boxes my mom had saved for me of my grade school days, I came across journals from both at-school creative writing time and personal diaries. Reading through them was such a nostalgic and eye-opening experience that it solidified just how much I want to make keeping a diary a stable part of my daily routine for the rest of my life. I came up with this method after deciding what I want to focus on in my morning journaling routine, then picking and choosing from a few recommended routines of people I admire. I complete in this order (usually). It’s my initials, which makes it easy to remember for […]

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Hello, world.

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It’s me. Starting another blog. As if I didn’t have a whole graveyard of blogs past haunting me. So, this time, maybe I DON’T announce on Facebook and Instagram that I’m doing this until I make it a true practice and habit for myself. Hopefully, the third time truly is a charm. And hopefully, if I’m clear enough on my “why,” this time, blogging will stick. Bringing me to – the statement and declaration of my why: My ultimate life’s dream is to become a published, bestselling author one day. In order to experience success as an author, whether self-published or with a publishing house, these days, one needs an online presence and following. But, and maybe most importantly, the road to writing and publishing a book is lengthy, […]

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