January 23, 2019

Hello all and welcome to another I Want to Know Wednesday!

Last night, I finished an incredible book called Illuminae by Amie Kaufman. Because of the high intensity of the overall plot, I'd sworn to myself I would only read during the day. Adrenaline rushes are not conducive to sleep after all and as an eternal sufferer of insomnia, I don't need anything else to keep me awake. However, around 8 o'clock, the protagonists' dire situation dragged me straight back to its pages and a few hours later, I'd finished.

Needless to say, I was then forced to watch some cartoons and read some less intense words in order to calm down and get to sleep. Kaufman knows how to raise stakes. Without giving too much away, I was thoroughly con...

January 16, 2019

Hello all and welcome to another I Want to Know Wednesday! I had a brilliant idea for a blog post this morning on my way home from my workout. "That's it!" I thought. "That is the perfect beginning and the perfect topic. It will engage people well, read beautifully, launch me into a wonderful day!"(Okay, not really, but it was still good.)

I also thought of how to start an article for work I've been struggling with. The blank screen has been taunting me for days. Relief flooded me. "This," I thought, "is how you start your Wednesday."

Which means, of course, I promptly forgot both ideas.

I wasn't even in the car, so I had the ability to write them down. Did I do this? Nope. I most certainly did not. Womp, womp. So instead,...

January 10, 2019

Hello all and welcome to another I Want to Know! The beginning of this year has actually been pretty good, but I think caffeine withdrawal has thrown me a tad. I actually stopped drinking coffee the last Friday of December since I was cutting out a ton of other stuff starting January 1st. Still, my routine is now off and I'm trying to get back into the jive.

In an attempt to track down what exactly is triggering my digestive problems, this month I'm cutting caffeine, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy. *cue the tears* The first week started well (apart from a little food poisoning that wrecked me one night), but now the cravings are starting.

I didn't realize how much cutting all this out would effect me socially. But it...

January 2, 2019

Welcome to 2019! (Got that right on the first try and I'm very proud of myself.)

I've stared at this blinking cursor for way to long today. In spite of the new year, old fears hang on like the last dregs of sleep. What do I say that hasn't already been said? Will it sound cliche? Stupid? Is anybody reading? 

We set goals because everyone loves a new page, a clean slate, but the second many of us stumble, we give up. Anxiety continues to swallow our words, one slice of cake turns into two, and instead of reading we sit through a full season of that show we know so well we can quote it (not guilty, I swear).

My good friend Sharon M. Peterson, is currently working on an amazing story about a young woman who creates a list of...

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