The Return Of Microcosm J

Several years ago I participated in a challenge where I wrote a new flash fiction story every day for a month. Since many of those were really micro stories, the tiny sibling of flash fiction, I decided I might as well publish them on a blog. So I started Microcosm J on Tumblr. After about […]

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I hope you all enjoy the weekend with friends and family. I’m taking time off from some of the memes that I regularly participate in to enjoy the first weekend of Spring Break and the holiday with my family. […]

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Creativity Vitamin: Water

How many times have you gotten a brilliant idea while you were taking a bath or shower? Solving sticky plot problems is often a nice benefit of washing my hair. I’ve lost count of the number of blog posts I’ve seen where other people have mentioned coming up with ideas while they were taking a […]

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Review: My Berlin Kitchen

My Berlin Kitchen – A Love Story (with Recipes) By Luisa Weiss Published by Viking The Wednesday Chef was one of the first cooking blogs I discovered quite a few years ago. I was drawn to its conversational, easy writing style and the many recipes I marked to try. My Berlin Kitchen is by the […]

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Embroidered Reading Nook – Saturday Snapshot

This embroidered picture sits on top of my bookshelf in the living room. I saw it at an indoor flea market in Lansing, MI and I couldn’t walk away without it! The fact that it cost less than $10 sealed the deal. It was destined to come live with me. I like to imagine that […]

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Creativity Vitamin: Read

Take a few minutes to read something before you begin working. No, I don’t mean curl up with a juicy novel, read for hours and never get around to your own project. What I do mean is take 10, 15 or 20 minutes to read something that interests you. Think of it as a creative […]

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Creativity Vitamins: Coming Soon!

  For the first 30 years of my life I hated routines. They were boring and I considered them a particularly offensive form of drudgery. When I was a teenager I had to getup much earlier than I ever wanted to so I could get to school and go to the same classes in the […]

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Saturday Snapshot – My New Baby

The is my newest reading toy, A Kobo Mini Ereader. I don’t usually name my electronic devices or vehicles, but for some reason I just feel that “she” is named Misha. Once I get her loaded up with plenty of books she’ll live in my purse so I will always have a book with me […]

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“Must Love Sandwiches” Is Free March 15-19

Emma has worked hard to establish herself as an artist. The artists’ colony where she lives is heaven compared to the rundown trailer parks she grew up in. After a relationship comes to an unexpected end she decides to make some drastic changes in her life, but it isn’t as easy as just flipping a […]

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Review: Susan Feniger’s Street Food

Susan Feniger’s Street Food By: Susan Feniger with Kajsa Alger & Liz Lachman Publisher: Clarkson Potter I know I’m dating myself here, but one of my all-time favorite cooking shows was Too Hot Tamales. It was on The Food Network, way back when it was a fledgling cable channel, and starred chefs Susan Feniger and […]

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