The end of my newspaper column

I just found out that tomorrow's family article I write for the newspaper will be the very last one to be in print. This makes me so sad! Thankfully, you can still catch me online at the Press Democrat's family blog at village.blogs.pressdemocrat.com, or here in my personal family blog at winecountrymom.com, where I will... Continue Reading →

From blog to book

I'm doing it. I'm joining the masses who have decided to repurpose their writing and create a book out of it. If you're a regular reader here, this is probably not news. In fact, you're probably wondering what took me so long to do something about it. Yesterday I was laid up on the couch,... Continue Reading →

Where has Wine Country Mom been?

It's been an abnormally busy couple of months lately. You may have noticed by my lack of writing lately, or you may not have. But this blog has been a bit neglected as of late. I have even pulled back on my weekly newspaper articles from this blog, taking a full two months off. But... Continue Reading →

How to make the first move

I went out to lunch with a coworker today. She's someone I have known for years, and have always thought she was just a wonderful person. As long as I've known her, she's been bubbly and upbeat, cheering others on around her in their endeavors, and just an inspiration on how to be a decent... Continue Reading →

Life at 35

Well, the worst is over.  I turned 35 today and I didn't die in my sleep from old age.  Happy birthday to me. Here's what 35 looks like: I always struggle with my birthday before it happens, usually ending up a pathetic mess of tears on the night before or the morning of my birthday.... Continue Reading →

What I bring to the table.

“Your writing is so amazing,” Shawn told me, coming downstairs after spending an hour with the rough draft of my novel he’s been proofreading for the past several days. “I can see that you’ve taken some of the suggestions I’ve given you and grown as a writer.” He meant it as a compliment. And I... Continue Reading →

Finishing the novel

You’d think there would be fireworks when you type the two very last words to the novel you’ve been working on every day, the one you’ve lost sleep over as you wake up at 4:30am - even on days you accidentally went to bed after midnight. It’s almost expected that the ceiling to the dining... Continue Reading →

Haunted by a good thing

Have you ever been on the cusp of some very great things, experiencing life exactly as you've always wanted to, only to have it also raise in you an unfounded fear that any wrong step will kill you before you reap the rewards? I have a secret fear of dying right now. This all started... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2012

It's my favorite time of year - that time when I wake up earlier than anyone should have to naturally, pull out  my laptop, and write furiously on a daily basis, repeating the process until I have achieved enough words to make up the amount in a small novel - 50,000 words. November is National... Continue Reading →

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