Author Archives: Kerrie Strong

About Kerrie Strong

Years ago, I chose to suppress my creative side in favor of a career (or two, or three) in science. This blog is filled with exercises intended to reverse the atrophy of my right brain. I hope you enjoy my ramblings.

NaNoWriMo Week 1 Check-In

Let’s just say…it’s going.  I was doing so well, words just pouring from my fingers, then it happened: I began to question my plot. My premise. My characters. And the characters stopped doing things. I found myself writing a scene … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Year Makes

One year ago, I had yet to write a word. I had a conversation with my mother about a certain trilogy that had taken the world by storm. I won’t name it, because the reason we were discussing it was … Continue reading

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The Good Old Days

I’m feeling nostalgic tonight, thanks to a glass of wine, and started going through old photos. I was looking for a fall-themed shot to use as my cover photo on Facebook. I wanted one of my two kids together, but, … Continue reading

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Revisiting My Inspiration

I think I’ve mentioned here before that I’m in a local critique group. In addition to reviewing each other’s works in progress, we also take time periodically to stretch our writers’ wings, and engage in workshop activities. These workshops are … Continue reading

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Things That Keep Me Awake at Night, Part II: Paranoia Will Destroy Ya

I don’t sleep well when my husband is away. Unfortunately, his prior job came with a lot of travel. His first year was the worst: he was gone all week, every week, for about nine months. I think the only … Continue reading

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Who Am I?

I attended my 20th high school reunion picnic the other day. The planning for this precipitated a near-breakdown of epic proportions, which only served to emphasize to me exactly how confident I do feel about myself on a regular basis. … Continue reading

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Talking To Kids About Suicide

I know, it’s something we don’t want to discuss with our children. I hate that we have to. It’s something that’s been on my mind lately, and today I found myself researching how to bring up this topic of conversation. … Continue reading

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Wouldn’t You Know It?

I was hurrying through my shower today at the gym, post-swim, because it was 12:10 when I hauled my aching body out of the pool and into the shower. And the childcare closes at 12:30. And I like to take … Continue reading

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Amoeba Death Watch: Still Alive

I may have overreacted the other night in my insomniac haze. The cold has me in its clutches, but I refuse to give in. Today I ran and biked despite the heat, despite my exhaustion, despite my cold. I’m at … Continue reading

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Things That Keep Me Awake At Night: Brain-Eating Amoebae

I was going to entitle this “Things That Keep Me Awake At Night: Part 1”, because this happens often enough that I could make it a weekly thing. But what was keeping me up last night was the fear I … Continue reading

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