How I got this scar.

Noon hit and my American stomach had been eyeing the clock for a good hour now – positively starving for some kind of nutrition beyond the creamed and lightly sugared cuppa teas I’d been drinking (by then, it’d been at least three). I also had a conference call coming up at one (or thirteen hundred…

#TheScotlandBook Excerpt: How Being “Skint” Was a Good Thing.

When you have absolutely no money at your disposal (the Scottish would say that you’re “skint”), you learn to find some free entertainment and – dare I say – joy within and around you. Things that cost no money at all. A walk in the park. A quick trek into City Centre (i.e. downtown) or…

My Mother is Brilliant [What a Widow’s Ministry Can Teach Us About Love]

The following is a draft excerpt from #TheScotlandBook – a memoir I’m writing about my time spent in Scotland three years ago before I moved here to Atlanta. My mother knew about Professor and she’d already quickly dismissed the idea that I should ever take him seriously, remaining consistent with her Yoda-like prophecy (which almost…

Leaving Greenville, SC

The following is an excerpt written for #TheScotlandBook and is a part of a backstory about why I left Greenville to move to Columbia (which then would become a springboard to live in Scotland for a year).  LEAVING GREENVILLE | SEPT. 25, 2013 Stepping onto the red carpet, I momentarily wished I’d been gliding across…

What does ARC mean in the book writing world? (And other writer-jargon)

There’s so much to learn when writing a book – especially with regards to acronyms and jargon used in the community. This is a new term I learned today from Instagrammer @novelknight – who’s been in the industry for eight years and is still learning! (A comfort to hear for newbies like myself). Here’s their…

AWESOME Reminders.

AWESOME. Sometimes you just have seemingly unmerited and yet absolutely undeniable favor show up in your life. Despite the challenges and obstacles you might face, when you’re not sure yet how things are going to turn out, somehow that silver lining of promise seems to always come through (and at the most unexpected times). As…