Local Focus: The Paper Escape

Local Focus: The Paper Escape

If you know me, you know I advocate for small businesses. This was typically displayed in Beyond The Cube as we always talked about local food places. One spot that is not food related and is terrific is The Paper Escape in Dixon, IL. My last experience was just as...
May Update

May Update

It is said that April showers bring May flowers. This feels to be a month late on our end with April Winter bringing May showers and an unpredictable June. This is about as far as the physical weather has gotten us. On to the real news! Novel 2: This is still in the...
Heroic Downfall

Heroic Downfall

My body did not want to work even as I forced it to. I could feel the power slip away as the battle raged on with and around me. This was the end. Our way of life was done and it might be taking me with it. The breath escaped me as I knelt on one knee and used a...
Finding Inspiration

Finding Inspiration

In the previous article, we learned what general ideas I used for inspiration. I wanted to drill down into some stories with specific influences. Stay tuned for big (not really) (not so) secrets. Runner’s Rise: Road to Pro. This was almost a direct influence...
Local Focus: The Paper Escape

Designing Fun

It is a mixture of analysis paralysis and ADD that culminated in this design. Every night, I begin working on whatever I was most excited about that day. I had entered a weird period where I had an idea, but the resources weren’t there. This will come out in a...
May Update

The Review Process

My first thought when going into editing was “I can just go chapter by chapter.” That was a mistake. The first one was completed with little issue. I also brought that chapter to my writing group and had some great feedback that shaped it into what it is...
I Was a Bad Writer

I Was a Bad Writer

This is by no means saying I am great now. One should always strive to continue learning and growing. This had come to light because of a recent round of editing a novel I had written a few years ago.  I have been missing from here and a lot of places for a year...
The Reset

The Reset

I recently had a reset of my own and it was refreshing. Being disconnected from technology and getting to focus on my family and myself helped me get my priorities in order. I wanted to share my experience with this. First thing, limit your tech intake. This is a...
A Little Focus Goes a Long Way

A Little Focus Goes a Long Way

This world is filled with distractions. A real-world example, it took me more time than I would like to admit to start writing this post. We have so many things fighting for our attention. This results in videos, ads, posts, and distractions aplenty. The seconds of...