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 →

Comfort in Times of Trouble

I haven’t been sure what to write about today. I want to offer my readers words of wisdom or something comforting, but I’m not sure I have anything original to say.I’ll start by asking everyone to take a deep breath and remember our shared humanity. That is, remember that everyone is stressed and concerned. Everyone... 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 →

Toxic Fandom

A few days ago, an old college acquaintance posted a conversation she’d had with one of her teenage children. They’re both fans of an author who has had a large gap between books in a series. Their conversation was a joking exchange about tying the writer to a chair until they completed the next book.... Continue Reading →

A Scattershot of Hot Takes

Two issues have raised my ire this week. The first Dumpster fire is, of course, the impeachment of Donald Trump. I don't think anyone is surprised that Senate Republicans are doing everything they can to derail the impeachment and protect the party's leader. I'm not, anyway. I just didn't realize that the entire leadership was... Continue Reading →

You’ve Been Summoned

Today is a soapbox day. You’ve been warned. One of my coworkers received a jury duty notification recently. Everyone has offered their suggestions on what to say to get out of serving. I won’t join that discussion because the idea of shirking jury duty infuriates me. Yes, I know America’s judicial system is flawed. Yes,... Continue Reading →

What Is a Legacy?

I used to think the idea of a midlife crisis was absurd. Why, I wondered, did so many people hit a certain age and then suddenly blow up their carefully crafted lives? Now that I’m in my late forties, I don’t find the idea of a midlife crisis absurd at all. I recently encountered Erik... 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 →

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