fun with mansplaining.

Mansplain (verb): The explanation of something by a man, typically to a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing. (Read about the etymology of the word here.) So has it ever happened to you, my dear lady reader? Where you say something quite well or eloquently or meaningful or clear to the listener(s) [...]

Level Up. [2020]

So last year, I feel like you and I, dear reader, entered a new phase of realness on This Square Peg. This is a lifestyle blog, yes, and we discussed various aspects of my life, including openly sharing with you that 2019 mostly stunk. I initially wondered if these were things I even wanted to [...]

In Review…

I can honestly say that 2019 was a tough one. I struggled a lot this year, and I can openly say that it took a whiiiiile for me to get back to a sense of solid ground. And let's be real: there will be ups and downs in life anyway. Hills and valleys. Light and [...]

necessary to say.

I saw this on Instagram and nodded my head vigorously. Dark times come, certainly, with depression. But sometimes you can be--for lack of a better term--a functioning depressive. You're living your life. You're smiling, laughing, going to events and spending time with friends. And then you come home, breathe through the minutes before bedtime while [...]

not always easy…

Sometimes it doesn't feel so lovely, does it? Just thinking about all the times I resign myself to letting things leave me. The expectation(s) that something small would grow into something far more significant and beautiful. And when that doesn't happen, we have let it all go. At the end of the day, it is [...]

An Autumn Path.

I'll be honest: this quote, albeit lovely, still triggered me a bit. Because I'm so tired of traveling alone. And when it comes to my favorite season, there's an unbearable aspect about it: enjoying the beauty and electricity in the air by my lonesome. I've discussed this before--that something about fall that drives the desire [...]

procrastination nation.

Dear Reader, I'll be moving soon. Still staying in Texas, but moving to a different city. After two years in my apartment complex, it was time for a change. After searching and perusing, I found a lovely new area that I'll share more about in a forthcoming post. But before one moves, one must pack. [...]

Self-Preservation or Nah?

One of my characters in one of my stories makes reference to not dousing her hope with her usual brand of doubt and cynicism. I am her and she is me. (Incidentally, one popular writer-related question I get is, "who are the people you're writing about in your fiction?" I am them, they are me. [...]