One morning a while back my husband started doing the dishes at 6 AM – bless him. But the water running, dishes clanging, and his steady coughing/sniffling from week-long allergies – it was all giving me a headache. I was … Continue reading Have the Conversation
“….I miss just writing. I miss creating something new, thinking up new and quirky scenarios to put my characters in. New ways to present information. I miss the feeling of fresh words flowing.
Filling up blank pages with words is so exciting for me, and it gives me a sense of purpose. So when I’m not writing, I get into this slump….” Continue reading When I’m Not Writing
My last post on reflection got me thinking about my progress. But also got me thinking about telling others of our progress and how that might come across as bragging. Which (because I tend to spiral – as we know) got … Continue reading Why Not Brag on Ourselves?
Robinne Lee (actress, producer, author of The Idea of You) asked me at a book signing last summer if I’m a writer, and I answered without hesitation, “No not really.” She was surprised by my answer because I briefly told … Continue reading Say It Out Loud
I was talking with a group of fellow writers once, when a guy turned to me and said, “Don’t you hate that we’ll never be able to write anything good, like something raw and devastating, since we’ve never experienced anything … Continue reading We All Have a Story to Tell
I used to despise writing workshops. When I first started grad school, I was so afraid of group critiques and workshops. The whole environment, culture, and practices of writers in general were foreign to me. As you saw in my … Continue reading Being Open to Criticism
I’m not an open person. I don’t generally talk about real things unless I feel extremely comfortable with you – which means we’ve been friends for several years. With others, it’s merely surface things. I have no problem talking about … Continue reading What I Fear About Writing
When I taught literature at SEMO University as an adjunct, my student read one of my short stories. It was published in Journey, SEMO’s literary magazine, while I was a grad student. My first thought when he told me he … Continue reading Expectations
I’ve wanted to be an author since I was in eighth grade, and I’ve wanted to write romance since I was old enough to say the word sex without hiding behind my hand in a fit of giggles. Continue reading The Thing About Being Ashamed