Write Anywhere #80: Plantation House

by Kristin Nador/@KristinNador

I feel a bit claustrophobic. This is my first winter in Kentucky. I like it here but the forced confinement after snow and freezing temps that rival Siberia has got me antsy in my apartment. When wind chills go into the negative digits, it’s time for hot tea and a good movie. I’m not a winter person, so I hope the cold will move on soon.

Before the weather turned arctic, I spent an afternoon at a local landmark with immense spaces and loads of history attached. It inspired me to dig deeper in the writing research I’m doing for my historical fiction. Read More


14 Unconventional Films for Celebrating Romance

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“The Kiss” painting by Francesco Hayez (1791 – 1882) public domain

I’m a big movie lover. As a writer, I also like watching films to study story structure. My tastes tend toward science fiction or thrillers most of the time, the cheesier the better. I usually won’t voluntarily watch a romance. In fact, I dislike a lot of popular romantic movies. I hated Love Actually and The Holiday. Don’t judge. I’m not a bad person, I promise. Read More


Babies, Apple Dumplings, and Midlife Reflections

The nurse waved me over.

“It’s okay, you can come closer. Come say hello.” The doctor set the squirming baby on his behind under the warming lamps, supporting his head. The baby blinked two or three times, arms wide and fingers flexing. He opened his mouth, the shock of unexpected red hair still plastered to his scalp. I did my best to stay quiet, calm, and out of the way throughout the labor but seeing this beautiful, miraculous new person who had just been pushed into the world released all my emotions.

He cried, and I cried. The nurse patted me on the arm. “Aww, it’s okay, he’s just fine. You’re a grandma!” Read More