The letter X.

There are few words in the English language that start with the letter x.

The letter x is more of a symbol than an actual letter.

X means kisses.

X means “sign here.”

X means multiply.

X means “marks the spot.”

X means 10 in Roman numeral form.

X means “you are here.”

The letter X.

X – You are here.

You are here in my writing room, on my laptop screen.

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When we built our house, Scott suggested I have my own room to focus on my writing. He calls it my writing room. It’s behind the kitchen. It’s really just a smaller living room with its own fireplace. But the room echoes what I love.

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That’s my white marlin I caught off the coast of the Dominican Republic. He looks much bigger in Kansas. He’s made out of fiberglass. My writing room does not smell like dead fish.

I just mentioned you’re in Kansas. Overland Park, Kansas. It’s not as bad as you think. Look at any of those “best cities” lists and Overland Park is always on there. Kansas is lovely.

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That’s a real sunset in my backyard without filters. No one really talks about the times heaven opens up over Kansas. Everyone stops and stares. It’s a secret every Kansan knows but never brags about. But I’ll brag. I don’t care.


This is not my backyard but I had to include a field of Kansas sunflowers. Did you know the sunflower turns its face towards the sun? That’s why they’re always looking the same way. Sunflowers know about the sunsets too.

I don’t know what you look like. I guess it depends on what I’m writing. But most of the time you’re female. You are probably married with kids. But that’s just a guess. I’m not sure how you found yourself here in my writing room but I’m glad you did. There’s always someone to talk to in my writing room.

It used to be strange, writing to people I’ve never met. It’s hard to judge your thoughts when I can’t see you or hear you conversing back. Maybe that’s one reason I feel like this room can be too much “me” when I also want to hear about you. I worry about that – I don’t want to seem egotistical. As much as I write, I am a good listener.

I am assuming you will stop by when your schedule allows and tell me a little about yourself.

But now I must go. I have a friend picking me up for a yoga class in about 30 minutes. The class is called Namaste and Chardonnay.  I’m going for the chardonnay.


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10 thoughts on “The letter X.

  1. Thanks for the look into your world. Great post, lovely photos! You guessed right in that I’m female … but not married, and no kids, living on the other side of the world in Sydney. I found my way to your writing room because my friend Geraint invited me … guess that makes me a gate crasher of sorts πŸ™‚ Did somebody say chardonnay …


      1. Haha! It’s not that boring – it’s too cold for my liking. Winter isn’t coming, it got here early! It’s Autumn here so temps (in your scale) are low-mid 70Β°F during the day (dropping to mid-50Β°F overnight). And yep, I’ve been to the States a couple of times but only the west coast. California, Arizona, Nevada. And Hawaii lol.


  2. I’ve only recently discovered you, somewhere around the letter G. Your writing has become a bright spot in my day. I love that you have a writing room that was your husband’s idea! My kids are grown but I identify with your family stories. Still it’s your humor that will keep me coming back.


    1. Aw, thank you so much! It’s tricky writing about the girls now because they are aware what I do. Sometimes they tell me, “don’t write about that, mom!” I try to focus on parenting in general and marriage life. πŸ˜‚
      Thank you for stopping by!


  3. I am female and have been happily married to my husband for what will be 15 years in August. I was 19 and he was 21. We tried off and on for years to get pregnant, until we realized that we were only doing it because other people expected us to. (The “church” that we belonged to at the time told us that we were not a real family unless we had children. We’re athiests/agnostics now.) Once we stopped and thought about what we actually wanted and what was best for us we realized that we didn’t actually want children. (There’s even more of a story here, but I won’t write my entire biography in your comment section. πŸ˜‰ )
    We’ve lived in Utah since 2004, but are originally from Connecticut.
    And I believe that I found your blog through Ra Avis over at the Rarasaur blog. Possibly through Nano Poblano/NaBloPoMo 2016?


    1. Wow! I’m surprise about the church! I admire people that know they don’t want kids. It does seem like pressure to have them. I am content knowing I am done after two. It’s freeing. πŸ‘πŸΌ
      Glad we found each other through Ra!! πŸ’œ

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  4. When we did our home renovation, the number one thing on the wish list was a craft room. It’s now morphed more into a writing room although I still tackle craft projects from time to time. I love having a space to be creative.

    Hope you enjoyed your yoga and chardonnay. They’re starting to run yoga and craft beer classes at some of the local breweries out my way. I might have to check it out.

    PS – I fit your target profile perfectly. I’m female, married and have two girls.



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