2016 Goals & Fun

So here’s my goals for the year:

Looking forward to seeing more of America! Follow along here….


NaNoWriMo & Connecting with Authors

I am 4000 words (as of this morning) into my novel, participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a challenge to write 50,000 words in a month.  I am grateful for at the breadth and width of the authors willing to give of their time to share their processes not only with the NaNoWriMo community, but also bounce off each other in panel programming. I would say I was amazed, but I’m not, because I know authors to be incredibly generous people.  I have a few that have tweeted me back, and had conversations with that had absolutely nothing to do with writing  For example, @MegGardiner1 and I have an affinity for all things scarlet, we’re both lawyers, and we both like to share resources with our communities.  But if I tweeted her today, and didn’t hear a reply, I wouldn’t be hurt, offended, or stop reading her books.  Why? Because I only know her through twitter! We’re not personal friends, she should not be giving up her writing or personal or just plain unpaid time to answer all my questions about what I think she should answer. Mostly I agree with Charlie Smith’s comments to this essay, and would like to think that if I could ever publish my own novel, that’s the approach my readers would allow me to take.


As I studied for the bar exam this summer, I chuckled several times over the “you likely didn’t learn this in” <insert: contracts, torts, criminal law, civil procedure, property, , criminal procedure/law> line used by the bar prep lecturers.  While that was true in evidence and constitutional law (mostly due to cases handed down from the United States Supreme Court in the past ten years), I know we ended up covering a lot more material with those six credit first year courses. It also allowed our professors to take a little more time showing how the courses overlapped with other practice areas.  For that, I say thank you.   Continue reading

My latest path…

…beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up. And it will, too… — Birdie Calvert, quoting her Mama, in Hope Floats

I’m living one of those beginnings right now.  In late May, I started a new gig as Staff Attorney/IT Project Manager for Equal Justice Wyoming.  EJW is a tiny judicial branch entity where we build resources for pro se (self-represented) litigants and pro bono attorneys across the state of Wyoming. I’m learning all sorts of techy stuff, building on my basic HTML/CSS, social media, and project management skills. As I told Father Rob back in July, I haven’t had this steep of a learning curve since my first semester of law school.  I am less terrified this time, but there are moments when I wonder how much I am disappointing my boss… Continue reading

Strange Week in Faith & Doubt

This week has been hard.  My great uncle Jerry passed on Saturday, leaving my mother with a single great aunt, after having a gaggle of them plus spouses for most of her life.  It has brought so much to front for me, like how much I still miss Jerry’s sister, my grandmother, even after 23 years (and most of my life) without her.  My grandmother wasn’t a cuddly or spoiling grandmother, others did (and do) far more hugging and kissing, but I knew she loved all of us, and we grandkids certainly got more of her attention when there were fewer of us around.  My grandfather, Poppa, outlived her by fifteen years, so though I’ve only had to live without him in my life for the past six, was far more mercurial, though mostly under the surface, and certainly more vocal in his love for each of us individually and as a group.  They both adored each other, even when they disagreed (which around politics was nearly everything).   Continue reading