The Girl in the Turquoise Shirt

When I was in high school I spent a week in Tijuana, Mexico building houses for poor people. That trip changed me. Or more precisely, one little girl in a turquoise shirt did. My boyfriend’s church group was going over spring break and they needed more volunteers, preferably who could speak Spanish. I volunteered. Admittedly,Continue reading “The Girl in the Turquoise Shirt”

Life is a First Draft

First drafts—like life—are messy, overly complicated, contain plot holes and unfinished character arcs. There are moments of greatness, but they tend to be squashed between long expositions and mundane details. The writer, in life and writing, must explore the entire story—every tangent and detour—to tease out the real heart of the thing. We’ve got to try it all on, see what fits. Figure out what is working and what isn’t. Then ask, “Why?”

Flying (or Rather Driving) Solo

Where we spend our time and focus is how we choose our own reality. As any parent knows, the two things in shortest supply are time and focus. It feels like a little person is constantly tugging on your arm, dictating where both will go. And don’t get me wrong, there’s no more worthy recipient.Continue reading “Flying (or Rather Driving) Solo”

THE TROUBLE WITH SHOULD

By the time we learn to read, we’ve already internalized a whole host of social rules telling us what we SHOULD and SHOULDN’T do in order to be accepted in society. But I recently had an epiphany: the only thing I should do is to unlearn those rules. According to society, in our late teens and earlyContinue reading “THE TROUBLE WITH SHOULD”

Misogyny and Other Cock Blockers

**note from Sharisse** I originally planned to publish a blog about male feminists and how proud I am to be a part of this video for Lee’s new feminist anthem, “Boss Señorita.” Unfortunately, before I could post it, a misogynist went on a murdering spree in Santa Barbara. Lee and I, like a lot of people,Continue reading “Misogyny and Other Cock Blockers”

A NOVEL MUSIC TOUR: The Wrap-Up

1 Novelist Wife 1 Musician Husband 1 Toddler 1 RV 5 months, 55 cities. This is A NOVEL MUSIC TOUR. Featuring our cross-country family adventure, summed up in a 15 minute mini-movie. Thank you for all your support along the way!

Roam around the world with Sharisse Coulter…plus a book giveaway

This was published as a guest post over at Chick Lit Plus. To register to win the ebook, go to: http://www.chicklitcentral.com/2013/07/roam-around-world-with-sharisse.html) Today we have Sharisse Coulter here to talk about life on the road and some of her favorite places and experiences. Not only is she an author, but she also does photography and videography. HerContinue reading “Roam around the world with Sharisse Coulter…plus a book giveaway”

Fast Draft and Other Madness

In grad school my thesis supervisor called me an “economical writer.” I took it to heart, interpreting it as a nice way of saying I never met my assigned word count. Through novel writing, I have learned that it was a compliment, not an insult. And yet, despite being wrong, I retained the ability toContinue reading “Fast Draft and Other Madness”

Better Late Than Never

So it turns out that touring the country, booking gigs, playing gigs, raising a child, and taking video, then editing the footage into palatable highlight videos is time consuming. And a little insane. Who knew? Well, okay, probably everyone but Lee and I, but we have tons of footage that we’re so excited to shareContinue reading “Better Late Than Never”