It's been one hundred and eleven days since the election. Thirty-eight since the inauguration. It's important to note because three plus months of active resistance is exhausting. I've marched. Made phone calls. Written emails. Huddled. Visited my senator and knocked on doors. I'm tired and tempted to give up. A week ago a family member told… Continue reading Five Ways to Sustain Resistance
It’s been four weeks since I posted a blog. I could go into a long explanation about how busy I’ve been. As executive editor of Minerva Rising Press, I had to prepare for the 2017 AWP Conference, finalize the latest Minerva Rising issue – Fathers, and manage day-to-day operations. All necessary activities, but none require day and… Continue reading Why Am I Procrastinating?
Like many, I was devastated by the election. Not because my party didn’t win, but because it seemed to be referendum for hate. I worried about the safety and security of my African-American family and friends. I worried about people losing their healthcare. I imagined mothers and fathers being ripped away from their children and… Continue reading This is What Democracy Looks Like
Imagine this scene . . . It’s ten in the morning. A woman sits at her desk with a cup of tea. She turns on her computer and opens a Word document. With fingers hovering over the keyboard, she ponders what to type. Just an hour or so earlier all sorts of idea floated through… Continue reading 5 Strategies to Overcome Writer’s Block
Always we begin again – St Benedict I received a rejection in my email yesterday. It was particularly difficult because a few days before Christmas I had a telephone conversation with the editor of the press where she told me how much she wanted to see my book in the world. We talked briefly about… Continue reading The Ultimate Writing Challenge.
It’s December 31st and I have successfully completed the December Writing Challenge. I have blogged every day for this month. Although there were a few days that I didn’t meet the word count or the posting time, I did meet the goal of writing every day. And through the process I have learned three valuable… Continue reading Three Things I Learned From Writing Every Day
Often at the beginning of yoga the teacher will talk to students about setting an intention for their practice. This is designed to help students focus their awareness and attention on a quality or virtue they want to cultivate on the mat. The thought is that by incorporating a specific quality or virtue into your practice,… Continue reading Setting an Intention for the New Year
I’m struggling today to come up with a topic to write about. I thought I’d go back to procrastinating but that doesn’t really interest me. My thoughts are split between planning for the New Year and reflecting on this year. It’s been a tough year. That goes without saying. Experiencing all the painful “first” while still… Continue reading Trusting God
One of the biggest problems I have with writing is staying put in the chair. Whenever I’m sitting in the chair to write, I want to run. Anything and everything is a void excuse to get up and do something else. And if I make myself stay there, then my back or my neck starts to… Continue reading Writing and the Procrastinator – Part One
Today is my son's birthday. He would have been twenty-seven years old. And for some reason I keep replaying the intricate details of his birth in my mind. I spent the evening of the 26th watching Yentl on VHS with my husband and sister. We had to pause every three to five minutes for my… Continue reading Remebering His Birth Day