Decrapifying: 40 Bags in 40 Days Stage 1

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you know I’m kind of into the minimalist thing. Most recently, I did Project 333, although that was actually a couple of… ulp… years ago now, I think.

So this time I’m embarking on the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.


The idea? Toss the trash! Decrapify! Get rid of 40 bags of stuff that you do not need in your house.

You can do this in a lot of different ways. My sister-in-law is doing the scrapbook version. And if you’re super hardcore, you can pare down until you have, like, 97 things and can fit all your worldly belongings in 3 bags. (This appeals to me more than I can even tell you, but I don’t think it’s practical for me at this particular juncture, for lots of excuse-y sounding reasons that no one wants to hear.)

I, however, will be decrapifying in the traditional sense, and removing bags of crap from my house.

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10 Ways You Can Tell You’re Talking to a Crossfitter

You’ve heard of Crossfit, right? It’s the new, weird fitness craze sweeping the nation. It involves “functional” fitness, so you’ll often see the athletes running with heavy things and jumping on wooden boxes. They also throw barbells around a lot, and they do it all for time—either completing as many rounds as possible in the allotted time, or completing all the rounds prescribed in the shortest amount of time possible.

So how can you tell if you’re talking to a Crossfitter? Here are 10 ways that are probably going to give them away…


1. They talk about “kipping” all the time. Kipping pull-ups. Kipping handstand push-ups… Kipping vacuuming.

2. They delight in platitudes like, “DO IT!” and, “Can’t stop, won’t stop!” and, “UP UP UP!”

3. If you hand one of them a small child to carry, there is a chance she will sling the child onto her shoulder and sprint 200 meters with the child. Do not panic—just give her her time when she makes it back to you.

4. Ask them what they do to cool down. Most will give you a perplexed expression. The honest ones will flop onto the floor on their backs and moan loudly. (That is the Crossfit cool down.)

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Gift Guide for Writers

Have any writers on your Christmas list this year? I’ve got some gift suggestions for them, whether they’re new writers just starting out, or experienced writers with lots of writing credits. Most of these are books, obviously, because we writers like to read, too, but I threw in a few other things just to keep it interesting.


(The below links are affiliate links– a small portion of purchases made from the links below will be paid to me.)

heartHeart of the Matter by Heart of Carolina Romance Writers

This is a new book packed full of advice for new writers, written by the members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers. My writing partner Lisa and I have a contribution in here, and there’s just a metric ton of great information in this thing. Plus, you can feel good about yourself for buying it because it’s a fundraiser for the HCRW chapter!

Buy it! 
(Also available on Nook and Smashwords.)

The Badass Writing series by Lisa Creech Bledsoe and Sonja Foust
$2.99 each

These four books are your guide to all things writing from Lisa and me. We’re your snarky, irreverent writer buds giving you our best advice, tough love, and penis jokes. (No lie– there are totally penis jokes.)

bagels whiskey vampires market

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