You need it more than you think

We are a society of stressed-out people. There’s no doubt about it. Granted, a global pandemic hasn’t helped our stress levels. As a society, we put in a ton of hours at work and often come home exhausted. …


The World War I era through the eyes of those who lived it

Years ago, after my grandparents passed away, my mom went through the love letters they wrote during their courtship and the first year of their marriage. My grandparents met during the summer of 1917. …


It will make you a better writer

I’m currently working on a young adult novel that I hope to see published. I’m also an avid reader. I’ve found as I read books — novels to be specific — I read with a writer’s eye. I carefully study things like plot and character development. Sometimes if the book…


We never painted by the numbers, baby / but we were making it count

Taylor Swift singing into microphone

The name Taylor Swift conjures up all different emotions. At times, she’s been known for who she’s dating as much as her music. Taylor’s been in and out of the news in recent years. She rose to popularity as a teenage country star, and at the height of that popularity…


And what I did to fix them

In January, I adopted a blind kitten. I had gone with a friend to yoga at a kitty café. I hadn’t planned to adopt that day. We attended so my friend could scope out the kitties and perhaps find some kittens she might be interested in adopting. Instead, I fell…


Easy like Sunday afternoon

Sunday, I walked into my bedroom and found my cat Hermione lying on the bed. She was stretched out so her furry tan belly beckoned to be scratched. After giving her the obligatory scratches, I picked up the book I was reading and decided to read for a while.

I…


If you know, you know

I watch a lot of YouTube videos. I’m really not obsessed. There are just some YouTube channels that I like. And when I watch a video on that channel, YouTube is kind enough to recommend another channel. …


Make your life easier during the holidays

I worked in the fraud department for a major retailer for four years. The time of year right after the holidays was our busy time. That’s because fraudsters like the holiday season. The stores are busy and people are using those credit cards. It’s a good time for them to…


Putting your best foot forward when you submit to literary agents

If you’re thinking about querying literary agents, that means you’ve completed a novel. Congratulations, that’s a huge accomplishment.

Submitting to agents can be an equally daunting task, so put on your seatbelt, the ride can get bumpy. …


Little Scout was now stout

Right before the start of the pandemic, I adopted a cute little blind kitten. Some might say she adopted me. Anyway, that cute little blind kitten is now two years old. Over the course of those two years, she’s gained some weight — like a lot of weight. At her…

Nancy Parish

Writer, Midwesterner, Amateur Cat Herder, Nap Enthusiast. Previously, Contributing Editor for CWIM. https://thesoundandfurry.com/

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