Before I moved out on my own for the first time, my Mom had a stiff upper lip. Every time I’d do something she didn’t like, she’d say “that’s going to get you kicked out of your apartment.” Then the day came where we loaded everything into my sister’s truck and I was off to live 35 miles away and Mama was a bundle of emotion. She never thought I’d actually leave.
After we got done moving everything into that studio apartment, my sister took me to Walmart and loaded me up with stuff I needed for my first place. It’s one of my favorite memories, actually. Between working for one of the nation’s biggest big box retailers and working in the housing industry, I have the answers for when folks ask “what do I need for my first apartment or dorm?”
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I’m having an anarchist moment — as of late, I’ve been putting out blogs focused on the people out there who have aspirations to be writers. I’m sharing any wisdom I may have gained, mostly because I have a sincere problem with the way people want you to buy their wisdom from them. I’ve always heard that “the game is to be sold, not to be told.” I don’t agree with that one bit — the way I see it, if I have information that may benefit you, I feel that it’s my obligation to share it with you! There is enough creative energy for everyone and enough room at the writer’s table for everyone to contribute a few pages to the history of humanity.
Continue reading ““Well, Duh!” – Six Obvious Signs That I Should Have Been a Writer (That I Completely Missed)”
True story: My mother, God rest her soul, spent the summer of 1996 in a near state of agony. On my first day of 6th grade, she tied balloons to her vehicle and followed the bus a few miles to drive the point home: she was glad that school started. Please allow this to be a cautionary tale — don’t do what my mom did, your children will hold it against you until both of you are long gone from Planet Earth. Continue reading “Onward To Victory – Words For the Upcoming School Year”