Time for another brutally honest confession, right from the hard, scary place that I hate admitting to. It's weird, talking about having ADD. There's such a odd stigma about it lately. On the one hand, it's a joke for anyone who has trouble focusing on something. On the other, it can be seen as a cop-out. … Continue reading Saying “No” – Confessions of an A.D.D. Author
((Written while I was en route to a family gathering due to the sudden passing of my grandmother.)) A day ago, my grandmother passed away, suddenly, on Sunday morning. I hadn't even gotten out of bed when I got the text (3 am writing binges and all). Even now, it still hasn't quite sunk in … Continue reading Giraffes In Heaven – The Sudden Passing of My Grandmother
I'm cool with New Year's Resolutions. I make goals anyway, so the beginning of the calendar year just gives me an excuse to make new ones--and to assess if previous ones haven't worked out so well. This year, my word is Focus. It has some pretty fun implications for my world at writeinsideout.com (if they're not … Continue reading Five Goals to Focus on This Year
It's the most wonderful time of the year: when I get depressed. Not by Seasonal Affective Disorder or anything like that. No, this is brought on by my to-do lists. Do you have those? I practically live by mine. Despite my various forms of technology, I still use a certain brand of notebook and a … Continue reading Misfit Moment: My Life as An End of the Year Failure
It's been a long week - and I'm not referring to the recent election furor. Yesterday, my husband went in for a hip replacement surgery. He's thirty, and we've been anticipating/dreading this surgery since he was diagnosed with a degenerative bone disease ten years ago. He's lived with constant pain from his steadily decaying, collapsing joints … Continue reading Inspiration From Fragility – In Weakness, There Is Strength
I, Janeen Ippolito, am an audience-addicted author. Many writers are urged to look outside of themselves when they write. To be willing to make their book a product after a certain point and allow others to alter it as need be. Handing over a manuscript to an editor or a publishing house is seen as … Continue reading Should You Care About Audience?