The Novel Way Life – The Novel Way

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
― Mark Twain

The A-Word

Posted 12/8/17 9:13 AM by Mo

No, not that A-Word, although I have been known to use it from time to time.

The other A-Word. The one that is a bit more uncomfortable for me to throw out there, or God forbid, use to describe myself.


For the longest time, I couldn’t even admit that I was a writer to anyone other than my closest peeps, so you’ll have to be patient with me. I’m doing things like signing MY NAME on the title page of a book. Granted, I was told to practice writing my name so people could actually read it correctly, but still. It feels a little like make believe to me… like one of the many visions in my head.


Except this one is real. Really real.

On the other hand, I’m not sure I’ve been this happy in a long, long time. I have always known that in holding back one of the biggest pieces of myself, I wasn’t really being me. I was hiding. But there’s a freedom in owning who you are, flaws and all, for the world to see. It’s scary – we’re talking a lot of flaws – but I also know that the tribe around me will see me through the good and the bad.

I’m not in this alone, and finally realizing I never was.

A friend texted this to me the other day…”You will get there. You take baby steps, and that’s okay too.”

So, thank you for reading. For buying my book. For being kind to me in the last few weeks. It’s literally better than anything I could’ve thought up in my head, and I am so grateful. I will own the A-Word eventually (Author, not the other one 🙂 ), but until then, I’m going to stick with writer. It’s what I’ve always wanted to be.

I hope you’re reading something amazing this weekend!

xo, Mo

The Sunday List, The Reset Button

Posted 06/18/17 1:30 PM by Mo

I know you’ve been here before.  You’re on your phone, looking up something unimportant, when it freezes.  You hit the home button, close the app, open the app, and search again. Again, it freezes. Suddenly, that unimportant info you were looking for is life and death, and you’ll be damned if a phone is going […]

The Sunday List, 5 Do’s and a Don’t

Posted 06/4/17 9:42 AM by Mo

Happy Sunday!! And that means the Happy Sunday List here on The Novel Way. This past week has been INSANE with life. Writing and prepping for a contest, openhouses, and then there’s that whole work thing I have to show up for. I’m not gonna lie… I’m a little fuzzy this morning 🙂 While I […]

Lessons from a Super-Nanny

Posted 05/7/17 10:10 AM by Mo

No, I’m not really a Super-Nanny.  They say I am but boy-oh-boy, if I am, then we all need to aim higher. BUT I have learned a great deal from my two years as a nanny for triplets, and given this is the month we celebrate Moms, I wanted to share with you some of […]

So Long April

Posted 04/30/17 8:09 PM by Mo

The Sunday List is coming to you from the last day of April.  Normally, my first response is good riddance to any month, but April 2017 was one that I’d like to remember.  I guess any month that includes a vacation is always going to be a good one, but this one seemed more giving […]

The Sunday List

Posted 04/23/17 9:35 AM by Mo

Starting today, every Sunday will include a Favorites List for the week. I have always been a list maker, and it seems that the older I get, the more I like them. I love to check things off, to find ways to praise or encourage, and of course books to read. Is there anything better? The […]

The Best Damn Muffins, Ever.

Posted 03/27/17 8:22 AM by Mo

Happy Monday Peeps! For me it’s officially muffin Monday today. I felt like we needed a sweet treat for breakfast to start off our week. We leave for spring break on Friday, and I think all of us are suffering from Spring Fever around here. Many times this past weekend I heard the phrase, “Just […]

Choose Joy

Posted 12/1/16 3:54 PM by Mo

It’s December 1st. As in 25 24 days till Christmas. As in 24 days to figure out how to manage my money so I don’t break the bank this year. I swear if we took out the stress and need to compete with others over gifts and decorating, we’d be much happier.  Where would we […]

Waking Up

Posted 11/28/16 6:34 AM by Mo

I had one thought this morning when my alarm went off, and it’s the same thought I have every morning… I’m tired. This thought enters my brain roughly 3000 times a day.  In fact, I’m not sure it ever really escapes my brain.  It’s there when I cook breakfast.  It’s there on my way to work. […]

Moving Forward

Posted 11/10/16 2:30 PM by Mo

  It’s funny – well, not really funny I guess – but before the election, I couldn’t wait for it to be over.  Now that it’s over, I want this part to be done too.  Is it me or are people crazy in the head at this point and time?  I get that Trump is […]