Welcome back to Small Pond’s annual not-so-humble brag about how many books I read last year. I’ve been blogging about the book total since 2008. 2018 saw a not-too-shabby total of 136 books. I’m not all that happy with it though; my goal for 2018 was 150 books. Despite a big push in the last… Read More 2018 Top Reads
New to holiday activities for me this year was the making and decorating of gingerbread cookies. Not just any gingerbread cookies. Oh no, we made ninjabread cookies.
As previously mentioned on Small Pond, I like board games. I like games that involve strategy or tile laying or pressing my luck or worker placement or … well, really just about all board games. I was lucky enough to get a pass for the 2nd annual PAX Unplugged. It’s a 3-day convention devoted to… Read More Table Tales: Lots and Lots of Tables
I was going to start this post with something like “people have asked me, ‘Tammy, how do you approach writing?’” But let’s be honest – no one has asked. No one at all. I’m on an egotistical high after finishing my story in November and feel like the world’s best expert on writing, don’t you… Read More One Way to Write
Eight days ago, I posted about NaNoWriMo. At the time, I was about 26,400 words behind schedule. As I write this, it’s 5:00 ET on November 30. My story has 50,425 words. Just as important, it has an ending.
Look, it can be pretty easy to come up with an idea for a story. I’m willing to bet that even people who don’t think of themselves as writers have at least a couple ideas a year (if not more often!) for a story they could write. I figured if I’m teaching young kids how… Read More Back to Writing Stories
Happy Riley Day, everyone! One year ago today (July 19), the boyfriend and I brought home a four-month-old bundle of energy who we named Riley.