Fangirling as a Coping Strategy

First, I hope that photo of a crowd doesn’t give anyone the jitters. I know I’m not the only person who watches TV or movies and freaks out about how close the actors stand to one another.I was chatting with a neighbor—while maintaining appropriate social distancing—and she commented that she’s so hypervigilant right now that... Continue Reading →

Coda: Writerly Foibles

I’m not sure my earlier piece was as clear as I’d like. Rather than taking it down, I’m adding a second post. When thinking about what terrain writers can and cannot cover, I think the key is recognizing that there’s a difference between writers as creators and writers as publishing professionals. When writers are in... Continue Reading →

Literacy and Storytelling

I’ve been thinking about how writing, storytelling, and literacy intersect (or not) in American culture. For a long time, humans believed we were superior to animals because we were smarter. Then we learned how to measure the intelligence of pigs and dolphins. We assumed a dividing line between humans and animals was the ability to... Continue Reading →

Love Potion Number Nine

The other day, I found myself thinking about modern life and our obsession with the concept of love. For centuries (if not millennia), the concept of love didn’t factor into humans’ decision-making processes. Our ancestors often married for security or wealth. They didn’t look for careers that sparked their passions. Instead, they followed in an... Continue Reading →

My Writing Retreat Roundup

Since I used my last two posts to set up goals for this week’s at-home writing retreat, I’ll recap what progress I made and what I learned about my writing process. I’ll start with crunching numbers. In my post on May 31st, I said my goal was 2,500 words. I felt like that goal would... Continue Reading →

At-home Writing Retreat Is Next Week

In last week’s post, I talked about the at-home writing retreat I’m planning. That retreat will be next week, and I’m excited and nervous about it. I’m excited because I’ll have five days just for writing and reading. That’s a luxury most writers don’t have. Since this is a rare gift of time for my... Continue Reading →

A Labor of Love

Yesterday, I had an interview for a volunteer editing position. I’d be working one or two hours a week helping sort the submissions to a literary ‘zine. I’m excited that I made it to the phone interview stage. I’d love to get experience actually publishing a journal or ‘zine, and this position would be a... Continue Reading →

My Intentions

I don’t like making New Year’s resolutions. I think they’re a lot of pressure right after an extended period of stress. Here in the States, we’ve just finished the big holiday season. We’ve spent weeks comparing our cooking, decorating, and gift-giving skills with all our relatives and friends. Many of us haven’t lived up to... Continue Reading →

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