What I Was And What I Am Not Anymore

Past tense carries so much weight these days. I was pregnant. Can you read between the lines there? Do you see what I am telling you now? I am not pregnant. This is not the grand announcement I was hoping to make. This ordinary declaration lacks the celebration I was looking so forward to sharing […]

Nobody worked harder than me…

“Nobody worked harder than me today.” – Saul Blinkoff There was a time in my life when I felt I could honestly say this same statement aloud without any judgement against those others who didn’t work as hard, and without any complaints about the insane amount of work I had been doing. That time was […]

Forty

*** It is my belief that sometimes you have to write something that has nothing to do with your work in progress just so you can spill out all the thoughts standing in your story’s way. This post is one such example of that “necessary” writing. *** Next week I will be forty years old. […]

Honoring my Reality as a Mommy-Writer

The DIY MFA book by Gabriela Pereira is coming out soon. I was lucky enough to gain access to an advanced copy and I am loving it. I have been a fan of Gabriela since stumbling upon her DIYMFAradio podcast after reading an article of hers in WRITER’S DIGEST. One of the things that hooked […]

Looking for Magic from Elizabeth Gilbert

This weekend I submitted my current creative issue to Elizabeth Gilbert in an application to be on this summer’s edition of her Magic Lessons podcast. I loved the topics she tackled last year, and have felt buoyed by all the advice she and her friends doled out. I knew I’d feel honored if I could […]

Project Dawn – Day 1

I call this “Day 1” of my Project Dawn, but, really, this is at least my fourth try at this experiment. What is Project Dawn? A desperate attempt to find the quiet time in my day to get some writing in – whether it is here on the blog, or devoting time to my fiction […]

Welcome to NV Rivera

Once upon a time there was a woman who had to admit she was no longer a girl. She was a mother. She had lived through one career and the death of both parents. Her life was filled with many joys, sorrows and laughs. It should have been enough, but it wasn’t, because, after years […]