Why you may need to implode your story

One perk of being married to someone in construction management is getting to witness the different phases of building a building. I have been to ground breakings, looked down gigantic holes at poured footings and walked through completed buildings noting unfinished punch-list items before the final walk-through.  All the while learning  the lingo and gaining … Continue reading Why you may need to implode your story

Twenty-two days and counting 

Day 22.  I count the days much like I did when I quit smoking. Three days since my last cigarette. Ten days since my last cigarette. Twenty-two days since my last cigarette.  Counting reminded me of how far I had come. It helped strengthen my willpower when I wanted to quit. Did really I want … Continue reading Twenty-two days and counting 

Sad and tired

It was hard to come to the page today. Every thing inside of me is ready to give up on this whole blog idea. Most of those feelings stem from the fact that I’m tired and sad.  I’ve felt that way when I woke up, but dragged myself to yoga in hopes of lifting my spirits. … Continue reading Sad and tired

Reading is Fundmental

Sometimes the hardest thing about writing is getting started. First, you fight the internal battle to sit your bum in the chair. Once you actually sit, you have to figure out what to write. Then there’s the issue of having an idea in your head only to forget it the moment you open a document … Continue reading Reading is Fundmental

The Next Big Thing: Cora’s Kitchen

Isla McKetta, author of the forthcoming Murmurs of the River, tagged me to interview myself in The Next Big Thing blog chain. Isla is a novelist and book reviewer with the most infectious smile. She is on the board of Hugo House in Seattle, Washington. Not only is Isla a beloved friend, but she has consistently encouraged me to be true … Continue reading The Next Big Thing: Cora’s Kitchen

Getting Back to It

I’ve been out of the loop of writing this blog. I don’t actually have any particular excuse for stopping. It’s sort of like exercising. One day of not working out becomes two days and the next thing you know you haven’t been to the gym in four months. And though I didn't gain any weight, my writing … Continue reading Getting Back to It

My Little Secret

I've been keeping a secret from the followers of this blog. I'm not quite sure why I haven't written about it before. Nonetheless, here it is. I started a literary magazine designed to celebrate the creativity and wisdom in every woman. It's called Minerva Rising. The idea came to me in January while I was … Continue reading My Little Secret

The Quiet Desperation of Suburban Living

I was tempted to jump on the holiday bandwagon and make this blog about Christmas, but I just finished Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and had to write about it. I probably would not have read the novel if a friend from my writing group hadn’t recommended. She thought it might be useful to my writing, … Continue reading The Quiet Desperation of Suburban Living

Flip-Flop State of Mind

Two weeks ago, I was walking down the stairs into my backyard, slipped on an acorn, fell onto the pine straw, and rolled down the hill. When I finally stopped, one ankle was twisted behind me and the other one bent in front of me. I lay there thinking there is no way I’m going … Continue reading Flip-Flop State of Mind

My Version of the Truth

I’ve been haunted by the word truth. It first caught my attention when I saw an email from She Writes (a social media website for women writers) about my first Goddard advisor, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto. The blurb about her post “A Radical Act” included the following quote: “We women writers need to tell the truth … Continue reading My Version of the Truth