Managing Expectations

Lots of people have already written posts about how completely abnormal these times are. If you’re a Chuck Wendig fan, you’ve likely already seen his brilliant and profane post. If you haven’t, you can read it here. Maybe you’ve seen the various memes that are bringing some much-needed levity to the situation. I liked the... Continue Reading →

Recent Finds

I like doing these periodic “things I’m loving” posts. It gives me a chance to reflect on what has touched me, and that’s always useful. Plus, it’s a way to track what I’ve been up to. And I hope it gives my blog readers a lighter post to read from time to time. I just... Continue Reading →

A Writer and Her Tools

Most writers have favorite tools and processes they use. I’ve been reviewing my preferences and considering how they affect my writing process. I thought writing a post about the topic might give me more clarity and perhaps suggest places where I can change or improve my workflow. When I first started writing on a computer,... Continue Reading →

Is This Mic On?

Howdy, all. Thanks for your patience while I took a little blogging break. It wasn’t a planned break; I just haven’t managed my time on Friday mornings as effectively as I’d have liked. I have a new addition to my recommendation roundup from a couple of weeks ago. I found recording artist Lizzo thanks to... Continue Reading →

Recommendation Roundup

I finally ended the 11,000+ word scene in my work-in-progress. I don’t love the scene, and I’m sure I’ll cut most of it. But I have a better feeling for my cast of characters. It served its purpose. Today’s post offers a few short reviews of books and shows I recommend. Here goes: Wanderers by... 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 →

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 →

The Doldrums

Some of my colleagues have been out sick the past couple of weeks, and I think whatever is going around has finally ensnared me. I woke up with a sore throat and cough yesterday. I’m not feeling great today, so today’s blog post likely won’t be erudite or pithy. Since deep thinking isn’t coming easily... Continue Reading →

Awards Season

On Thursday, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowships (commonly known as the MacArthur Genius awards) were announced. I watch these announcements each year with great interest. These fellowships are often my introduction to the work of filmmakers, activists, and scholars. And, I love seeing the names of writers, poets, and playwrights among the honorees. Especially if I’m... Continue Reading →

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