Looking for Silver in the Dross

I’m really struggling to write today’s post, which is why it’s going up so late in the day.I’ll admit that this pandemic and the governments’ responses to it have stirred up a lot of emotions. And I’m struggling to deal with all the things I’m thinking and feeling right now. I’m unsure about the future,... Continue Reading →

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 →

Writing from the Heart

My critique partners and writing instructors often comment that my fiction isn’t as emotionally engaging as it could be. That criticism doesn’t surprise me because I know that I have a deep-seated fear of my emotions. For the past five or six months, I’ve been working with a therapist to address those fears. My therapist... 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 →

Catching Lightning in a Bottle

 I had the good fortune to attend the Writer Unboxed Unconference in Salem, Massachusetts, last week.  WriterUnboxed.com is one of my favorite writing websites, and I think I’ve mentioned it here a time or two. WU offers daily posts on a variety of writing topics, and its 50+ contributors have a wealth of knowledge to... Continue Reading →

Lengthening Shadows

Here in the U.S., we’re rolling into Labor Day weekend. In a lot of communities, Labor Day marks the end of the summer break for children and teachers. Many call this weekend “the end of summer,” and it will be the last big weekend for travel, hanging out at the beach, and cookouts. While summer... Continue Reading →

(Mis)Perceptions

About four weeks ago, I had my stylist give me some purple highlights in my hair. It’s the first time I’ve ever colored my hair (if we exclude those hairspray colors used for Halloween or on stage that wash out easily). And I’ve found myself amused and/or bemused by people’s reactions. Most people who commented... Continue Reading →

Embracing the Chaos

I’m not sure why, but I really struggle with titles. I know some writers who come up with the perfect title for their stories. Some use a key theme from the story, while others rely on some clever pun that they then work into their narrative. But I suck at titles. Even for something as... Continue Reading →

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