It is the end of National Poetry Month today, and while I wrote not a single poem for the month, I have been busy chiseling away at my memoir-in-essays, which has its own sort of lyricism and poetic turns, and that totally counts, right? I have done much to celebrate poetry in April, however, giving … More April Showers
My good friend, Kate Hopper, has invited me to participate in this fun little blog tour about writing process. Kate is a brilliant writer and teacher who has published two books you might be interested in: Ready for Air: A Journey through Premature Motherhood and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers. She has taught … More My Writing Process
Today, a short essay I wrote appears on Brevity, a journal for brief nonfiction, called “Field Guide to Resisting Temptation.” I wrote this essay after it occurred to me for the first time that I could be the one to screw up my marriage. Even though my husband and I had talked about temptation abstractly, about bar scenes … More About "Field Guide to Resisting Temptation"
This week I’ve been working on an essay about miscarriage and faith. As you can imagine it’s so uplifting and happy and plastered with joy that everyone is going to want to read it! … Or, no. The good news is that I made tremendous progress from this happened and then this happened and then … More Metaphors and Me
I JUST finished Grace Notes by Brian Doyle, literally just finished the last page and set it down on my desk and sat back in my chair and sighed that long, contented, choked up sigh of YES. This! “…after fifty years, I am absolutely sure what I am supposed to do: sense stories, catch some … More Grace Notes by Brian Doyle
For the last few months, I’ve been working on researching what life was like in Geauga County during the mid-1800s for an essay I’m trying to write. For some reason, I’m having a hard time with this. There are definitely resources out there, detailed ones, about life in the 1850s, but when I try to … More Family Research and Writing