Linda Sharps


I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (8) and Dylan (6). Prior to 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy high-quality ballpoint pens, exercise-induced endorphins, dark TV dramas, and things that smell like coconut.

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    I don't really want to like Katy Perry as much as I do. I know, that's not a particularly nice thing to say, but it has nothing to do with her personally -- it's just that I feel a little silly, as a 40-year-old woman, singing along to "Roar" at the top of my lungs. I feel like there's an age limit for adoring Katy Perry, and I passed it like 10 years ago.

    But I cannot help loving her, with her irresistibly catchy songs and the freaky fact that she and Zooey Deschanel are the same person and her great big milky-white hooters and even her terrible taste in men (I am looking at you, John Mayer). And now that I've seen her utterly bizarre teaser clip for her upcoming "Birthday" video? I LOVE KATY PERRY EVEN MORE.

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    The other day I was having one of those self-pitying IS THIS ALL THERE IS sort of days -- you know, when you feel caught in a bleak Sisyphean loop of wiping up crumbs and making meals, which create more crumbs then wiping up those crumbs? -- and the next morning I randomly took a photo of my 6-year-old when he was still in bed and I thought, Actually, this is EVERYTHING. The messes, the cyclical tasks, the grind and the glory.

    For the rest of that day, I took photos with my cellphone. One after another, nothing framed, nothing well-lit, just random images documenting my day. When I look back on them now, I see a lot of mundane, totally unexciting activities ... that add up to a comforting wave of pure joy. Look how good it all is.

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    For a series that's awfully careful about how it reveals upcoming show details, The Walking Dead's producer/showrunner Scott Gimple was unusually forthcoming in an appearance on Larry King Now over the weekend. Naturally, he didn't give away anything super-critical, but he did answer some questions fans have been curious about -- including whether or not we can expect to see Morgan again, and an INCREDIBLY tantalizing tease about Daryl Dixon's future love life.

    If you'd prefer to remain entirely surprised by what's coming in season 5, read no farther!

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    I know there's been a lot of really awful stories in the news lately, and I'm sorry to say that this one is no different. Sometimes it's just so hard to believe in a divine plan when horrible things keep happening to good people, like the tragedy that befell Miley Cyrus this weekend.

    Hospitalized since the 15th due to an allergic reaction to antibiotics, Miley Cyrus shared her gut-wrenching grief over missing an incredibly important day of celebration. As she wrote, "Boutta be the wackest 4/20 ever." Oh, it's nearly unthinkable that this happened to her so soon after losing her beloved pet dog, and her following message makes it clear that she's suffering more than any of us can possibly know.

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    If I were snowmobiling and I came across a bull moose who was on the same trail and traveling the same direction I was, there's pretty much no question what I would do: I would stop the snowmobile. And maybe turn around. Or at least wait until the moose had some time to get away from me. Because tailgating a moose doesn't seem like a super smart idea.

    Granted, I don't really have any personal experience with moose encounters, but I know they're big wild animals who can't be counted on to be like, "Oh, a human in a loud vehicle's chasing me, tra la la, I see NO reason to defend myself." Based on the viral video of two snowmobilers being charged by a pissed-off moose near Jackman, Maine last Friday, I'd say these creatures are no different from many parents: THEY JUST WANT THEIR PERSONAL SPACE, DAMMIT.

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