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#selfloveJune Kickoff

 Welcome to June, friends! As discussed in my last post , I am embarking on a month-long journey with the goal of exploring opportunities for self-love. Simple, yes, but hopefully effective. Details are as follows: Yes, I made this myself, and I'm really proud of it. Go me! For my purposes, I'll be posting on my Instagram  which also auto-posts to my Twitter . I'll also be using the #selfloveJune hashtag as mentioned above, so if you want to participate, go ahead and use it along with me! The goal here is to force me to look at myself and my physical form positively. I may not ever grace the cover of a fashion magazine, but I am beautiful nonetheless. And it's time I work towards believing  that as opposed to simply saying it. So who's with me? Feel free to share your insta, twitter, or whatever platform you'll be using in the comments here so we can all follow each other! Peace. Stef.

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by Tim Mossholder via Pexels Hi everyone. I'm aging myself a bit here, but bear with me. You all remember the movie Bridget Jones, right? Of course you do. My reader demographic is definitely in the age bracket to be intimately familiar with the movie. In the event that you don't, Bridget Jones Diary is a novel-turned-movie written by Helen Fielding, and the titular character is played by Renee Zellwegger. It and its sequels chronicle the trials and tribulations of Bridget as she navigates being a 30-something in London with a mother who is constantly reminding her that she's running out of time to get married and have babies. She's always too something - too fat, too old, too silly, etc. - to land someone. She also has horrendous taste in men. That is until she strikes gold. She wears a miniskirt to work, and her charming, handsome boss notices and comments, stoking the flames of a would-be romance. Too bad he's a serial cheater and all-around prick. It really do

Subway Sleepies - A Writing Prompt Exercise

Happy Friday, all! Getting in the creative mindset today by doing another one of the lovely Jimmie Writes  writing prompts. The guidelines, for fun and challenge, should you choose to accept them are as follows: Using the photo below as inspiration, write something. 250 words shall be your limit and the limit of your words shall be 250. Any style. Any Genre. Post your story on your own web place then post the link here so we may ooh and aah over it with great appreciation. If you don't have your own web place, post your story here, but please keep to the 250-word limit. And get yourself a web place. Own your work! No smashing the stories. We are not here to crush each other. We are here to help each other fly as best we can. That includes your own story. We are all learning and getting better. This is part of it. Let's goooooo!

Isolation

  Photo by  Burst  from  Pexels One of the (many) things that I hate about depression is that it is so isolating. And in the middle of a pandemic? Well... loneliness abounds. Granted, I've fared better than most in this regard since I am about as introverted as they come. But being introverted doesn't mean I don't like being social, y'know?  I readily admit that I lean heavily toward hermit-dom, but some experiences (e.g. going to see a movie, visiting a new place, etc.) are just better  when you have someone to share it with. And that's what I miss. I miss having my boyfriend come from the Chattanooga area every few weeks to visit. I miss calling up my friends to see if they want to go see a movie or have dinner somewhere. I miss sitting in a cafe with my writing pals knocking out thousands of words in a few hours of communal sprints. I miss performing in community theatre. Unfortunately, the current state of things paired with my persistent depressive disorder lea

March 5th, 2021 - A Writing Prompt

For an explanation of what's happening here, please visit  THIS BLOG POST . If you choose to participate, make sure you sign up to join the community so you can share your work with us (not a requirement, of course, but that's the fun of it!). Prompt Rules: Using the above image, write something. 250 words shall be your limit and the limit of your words shall be 250. Any style. Any Genre. No smashing the stories. We are not here to crush each other. We are here to help each other fly as best we can. That includes your own story. We are all learning and getting better. This is part of it. Please note that, if you want to share your work with us and read others' submissions, it would need to be done so on the community discord or Facebook group (see blog post mentioned above).  Jimmie's  comments on that are as follows: Post your story on your own web place then post the link here so we may ooh and aah over it with great appreciation. If you don't have your own web pl

Spectre Update

Hello, and welcome to March! In case you weren't aware, dear readers, I am in the process of creating, writing, and (eventually) producing my own audio drama. In the event that you're not familiar with the term, an audio drama is a fictional podcast or digital radio play. You might hear it referred to as audio fiction as well, but the more widely used terminology is "audio drama" or "audiodrama." Ultimately, it's just a way for a story to be told specifically in an audio format. You hear different characters (usually), you hear sound effects, and you're immersed into a world simply by way of your ears.  I've always struggled with the visual aspect of writing. I myself am aphantasic  (the inability to visualize mental imagery or "blind imagination"), so describing something using prose is incredibly difficult. My mind simply doesn't process imagination the same way that a neurotypical person does, so I needed to find a way to still b

February 26th, 2021 - A Writing Prompt

For an explanation of what's happening here, please visit  THIS BLOG POST . If you choose to participate, make sure you sign up to join the community so you can share your work with us (not a requirement, of course, but that's the fun of it!). Prompt Rules: Using the above image, write something. 250 words shall be your limit and the limit of your words shall be 250. Any style. Any Genre. No smashing the stories. We are not here to crush each other. We are here to help each other fly as best we can. That includes your own story. We are all learning and getting better. This is part of it. Please note that, if you want to share your work with us and read others' submissions, it would need to be done so on the community discord or Facebook group (see blog post mentioned above).  Jimmie's  comments on that are as follows: Post your story on your own web place then post the link here so we may ooh and aah over it with great appreciation. If you don't have your own web pl

Change.

Andy Crawford Photography I have lived in Nashville since I was 5 years old. Prior to that, I was an Air Force brat who lived in a new city and state every year, and in 1991, my parents decided to leave the Air Force and settle down in Nashville. The rest is history. Now, I did spend some time living in New York City and South Korea in my adulthood, but Nashville always pulled me back into its orbit, especially when the city started to blow up. Around 10-15 years ago, Nashville began making news. There'd always been a slight hum because of country music and its direct connection to the music industry in Los Angeles, but there were other factors in Nashville's booming growth at play like the healthcare industry, financial incentives for founding a start-up in the city, and further incentives for larger businesses (like Amazon, Google, etc.) building assets within city limits.  Since around 2005, Nashville has seen Amazon and Google build here, new start-ups like SmileDirectClub

February 19th, 2021 - A Writing Prompt

  For an explanation of what's happening here, please visit THIS BLOG POST . If you choose to participate, make sure you sign up to join the community so you can share your work with us (not a requirement, of course, but that's the fun of it!). Prompt Rules: Using the above image, write something. 250 words shall be your limit and the limit of your words shall be 250. Any style. Any Genre. No smashing the stories. We are not here to crush each other. We are here to help each other fly as best we can. That includes your own story. We are all learning and getting better. This is part of it. Please note that, if you want to share your work with us and read others' submissions, it would need to be done so on the community discord or Facebook group (see blog post mentioned above). Jimmie's comments on that are as follows: Post your story on your own web place then post the link here so we may ooh and aah over it with great appreciation. If you don't have your own web pl

Write Now, Create-Alongs, and Progress!

 Hello friends! Back in January, I joined an online writing community that has been an absolute game-changer for me, and I want to share it with you.  I've actually been "part" of the community for quite some time now, but I joined the associated Discord at the beginning of the year, and am so glad that I did because it has helped me to grow immensely over the last month and a half. It's even helped me to break through the mental barriers that were keeping me from moving forward with Spectre , and I'm actually *excited* about writing again. ^ me rn Get ready for some links and resources (all links open in new windows)! First is the Write Now podcast created by Sarah Rhea Werner (creator of the Girl in Space audiodrama podcast ).  Write Now is a fantastic resource for strengthening your writing craft, learning about and building your own process, creating characters that are interesting and dynamic, etc. It really is a great tool, and I recommend you start listen

Contemporary Political Skills

Hi all. As a fun little side note, I wrote this back in 2019, and it's been sitting in my drafts ever since. I thought it might be fun to post it anyway. I may end up posting something else this week, but I hope this makes you smile at the very least. 1,2,3, GO! I found a fun little writing prompt on Twitter via @WritingPrompt_s , and it made me laugh, so we're going to give it a whirl! Regarding formatting, I can't really be as specific here on Blogger as I'd like without HTML coding, but you and I both know I can't be bothered with HTML formatting since Myspace fell out of favor. I know we all love a scrolling header, but mama's got stuff to do. Without further ado, here's the prompt. Political Debates are now settled by feats of skill, somewhat like the olympics. Write about the current candidates for President. #writingprompts — Writing Prompt_s (@WritingPrompt_s) September 14, 2019 FADE IN: INT. CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC STADIUM - 9:59 AM Uproario

Revisiting Buffy

 Over the last year, I spent a lot of time sitting in front of my computer and writing dry business papers, and the only thing that made that bearable was to put a well-loved show on in the background for a mindless rewatch. Among the shows watched were:        I read somewhere that one of the hallmark behaviors of highly anxious people was to go back and rewatch familiar movies and tv shows or to read books they've read multiple times before. For typical minds, this behavior can be puzzling, but the psychology behind it is that someone who is highly anxious (like yours truly) finds comfort in familiarity. They don't control it, but they know what's coming next. For example, I've been watching Futurama since it first premiered back in 1999 on Fox. I've seen pretty much every episode, including the seventh episode in Season 4: Jurassic Bark. That episode devastates me, so I have the ability to monitor my progress through the episodes and skip that episode every time

2021. Let's try not to let this year turn into another dumpster fire, mkay?

 This time, it actually *has* been over a year since I last posted here. Whoopsies. I'm not dead, so that might make some of you happy. 2020 definitely gave me a run for my money, but I am clinging to hope that 2021 is going to be even the slightest bit better. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. Send that positivity out into the cosmos for 2021, alright? We all need it. So much. So what have I been doing all this time? I promise I've been productive and haven't been twiddling my fingers while binging Netflix. I mean, I've done that *some*, but I've done actual things  too! Important things! What probably took most of my time from October 2019 to November 2020 was getting my Master's. I attended an online program, and I am now officially an MBA graduate with an emphasis on IT Management. How adult of me, right? Over the last year, I have written nothing but scads upon scads of business-type papers, stakeholder analyses, SWOT reports, etc., and I