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...

December 5, 2018

Hello, Wednesday Warriors!

Recently, I experienced a minor crisis. By minor, I mean a tiny little decision, that will truly have a minuscule impact on my future, consumed my mind for a good week and a half. It bothered me so much I even freaked out to a good friend via Facebook messenger. Thankfully, she talked me down and didn't judge me, at least not out loud. (Love you Megan!)

What silly choice threw me into an absurd tizzy? Hair. 

It's amazing how hair can effect the way we feel. Color, texture, culture, horrible cuts from the past, and even Jr. High trauma (I'm not the only one, right?), all contribute to the way we feel about those strands — or lack there of — sprouting from our heads. They can either make us feel to...

November 28, 2018

Hello, Wednesday Warriors! 

Sorry for the late post (I know you were all waiting with bated breath ;-)) but my bandwidth is low today. I'm not walking in the gray of depression or gasp of anxiety, I simply have very little in my tank. Work is very busy, I'm beta reading for someone, planning the spring semester for our church's youth group, and in the final sprint of Nano.

So I'm keeping it short and simple today: how do you replenish when your tank is empty? 

If you have a second, I'd love to know! 

November 7, 2018

Not going to lie. It's been a tough week, Wednesday Warriors. A bit of a tough few weeks actually. I'm in what seems to be a never ending battle with anxiety. It strikes in the middle of the most unexpected times, detached, it seems, from any true trigger. This makes it nearly impossible to plan for and to manage. Through some breathing techniques, I've been able to get most of the attacks under control.

However, over the last month or so, my symptoms have shifted. What once worked now makes it worse and chest pain has added itself to the mix. Worried I might have another problem (not anxiety related), I went to a clinic just to be safe. The nurse confirmed my lungs were clear and found only a slightly red throat....

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Here at The Pensive Pen, I blog about writing, querying, and self-publishing my first paranormal academy series. Sometimes I might share about struggling with anxiety and insomnia, and I'll always ask questions to discover something very important to me: getting to know YOU! If you're a writer, reader, or someone trying to figure out what community looks like online, this place is for you!


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