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Lisa Haneberg
Lexington, KY and Galveston, TX
Writer and Adventurer. Lover of contrasts.
Interests: Humor, mystery, hiking, writing, poetry, biking, WFPB.
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As the last of four children (next oldest sibling 7 years older), and after my parents divorced after 27 years of marriage when I was 13, I lived with my mother - just the two of us - as she re-discovered her independence and life goals. Our relationship was a... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
Scientists and the media are warning us cicadas will soon emerge from the earth. Some weird sh$t might happen! I have some first-hand knowledge of said sh$t, so I'm sharing my funny and almost entirely true piece, Why I Wear Cordura Chaps. I hope you enjoy the read and then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
For writers, there's no sweeter surprise than to find an unfinished piece of promising writing. I came across this incomplete essay yesterday. From 13 years ago! This is just the first snippet. What do you think, should I finish it? The first line cracked me up. I might've been drinking... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
My mother died from complications of a stroke when I was forty-three-years-old. Her passing hit me like a ton of bricks and catalyzed a need within me to manifest a carpe diem life. We never know how many days we’ll have. On the plane ride home from my mother’s funeral,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
To be a great friend or partner, we should seek to understand the type of reinforcement that means the most to those we care about. It's not safe to assume it's similar to our preferences, and the golden rule (treat others as you want to be treated) may not hit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
I'm thrilled - over the moon - that my third full-length novel in the Spy Shop Mystery series, STIFF LIZARD, is done, published, and ready for readers. I took me a bit longer than I had planned (hello Lisa, it was the year of covid), and I needed to bust... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
Imagine you’re at a gathering with friends. The mood is light and lively. Adult beverages and tasty snacks abound. Each person tells stories that elicit sighs, laughs, or both. Anecdotes about the time they drifted out to sea on a float, survived an avalanche, drove a riding lawnmower into a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
The Broken Windows Theory is, in summary, the notion that small visible "broken" things, like windows, may lead to other/additional broken things (say, peeling paint), and can create downward momentum (the neighborhood in decline). Also, that replacing or fixing small visible features can create positive momentum. Basically, it's the Butterfly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
As I watched a story on the CBS Sunday Morning show about Suleika Jaouad's challenge to move forward from leukemia, a Susan Sontag quote she shared stuck with me. Here's the quote: “Illness is the night side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
We've been swirling in the covid pandemic neutral zone for a year. It's draining, right? And here comes another holiday dreamt up by marketers (my money is on jewelry stores or florists). Why not try something different? Here are a few fun and covid-compliant ways to celebrate with your bestie... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
I had to laugh. In my editor's comments about my latest novel, STIFF LIZARD, he mentioned that my protagonist seems to put her hands on her hips a lot. Which was not the case in the last three novels that featured the same leading lady. Why the difference? Why the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
Today's vibe. "Jane's Getting Serious" by Jon Astley circa 1987. I remember standing with a couple of pals at the crowded bar at Malarkey's in Bethesda, MD, when I first heard this song. As soon as I heard it, I blurted, "It's the ketchup song!" A Heinz commercial featuring Matt... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
I believe in the power of the butterfly effect (from chaos theory, small changes can make a big difference) and that everything we do reverberates. Kind and helpful acts reverberate and so do mean and unhelpful ones. Everything we do is more than the sum of its parts. Nothing is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
I'm taking a class from Lit Reactor called, Short Story Mechanics, which is taught by Richard Thomas. Today's homework was to write five hooks (four first lines and one first paragraph) for five different potential stories. I just posted the hooks into the online classroom portal (also below). Richard will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
This is a post about organizing for possibility. I watched the movie 8 Mile, which stars rapper Eminem and is loosely based on his early life. The movie features rap competitions where rappers battle each other with words. There are several rounds, and during each challenge the loser is eliminated... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at Misadventurous Life
I don't claim to be a good poet, but this we ditty seemed appropriate for the day. Where the Sun Shines The sun doesn't shine everywhere On everyone All the time Even on a clear day There are shadows And colder dark spots The warm rays penetrate When our arms... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
Here's a fun video of a dog dancing with a young boy. Or is the dog scratching his behind on the concrete wall? Either way, he looks happy and I hope you are, too. Happy New Year! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
Caveat* I acknowledge that some are not comforted by the idea of planning when faced with uncertainty. But I am. It's December 31st, and I've got my new Panda Planner set up and ready to use tomorrow morning. I've taped my 2021 plan (it's flexible and might change) into the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I've written about how we live in the future. We anticipate and prepare for what we think is going to happen. Whether that be a terrific vacation or dreadful 4-day zoom conference with presenters who will read from their busy Powerpoint slides. It's a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy and a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I like this piece written by Alastair Humphreys for Outside Magazine called, 8 Principles for Living a More Adventurous Life. In particular, I love the idea of microadventures (and mini-misadventures, which I've written about). Humphreys wrote that the secret sauce seems to be: "Simple + short + local + cheap... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I love jigsaw puzzles. They're my zen jam because I'm present and focused when looking for pieces. Puzzles also serve my need for immediate positive reinforcement. Each piece found and placed is a mini-win. And because I've bought a few puzzles online, I get a lot of ads in my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I've been working on my plan for the year. Here are the elements. Identify major thrusts/fuels that will be at my core. Reflect on and define ONE area that I want to AMP UP and TWO practices/habits I'd like to reduce. I reminded myself of my decision filter (I wrote... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I'll be taking the next two-three weeks to create my 2021 plan. I look forward to generating Big Hairy Audacious Agile Goals BHAAGS (extra "A" intentional) and a scenario plan story that make the hairs on the back of my neck stand and tingle. There's no downside to thinking big,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
Yesterday I blogged about how, during a transition/change, we can be more creative while in the messy, ambiguous, neutral zone. But I also mentioned how the neutral zone can be draining and frustrating, because things are fuzzy and in flux. One of the ways to lessen the negative impacts of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2020 at Misadventurous Life
I've not blogged much the last two weeks because I'm channeling my writing energy into FINALLY finishing my 4th mystery, STIFF LIZARD. It was supposed to come out earlier this year. Here's the cover. - I delayed the book because I was going to have to have surgery. - Then... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2020 at Misadventurous Life