The Next Thing and the Next Thing

Summer is coming to a close, which means the children go back to school, Henry starts preschool three days a week, and football season begins. Now that we’re done with this thing, onto the next thing. The clouds are racing and changing across the sky, moving the weather and the seasons along, and now it’sContinue reading “The Next Thing and the Next Thing”

The Desire to Be Desired

A couple of weeks ago was the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference, and leading up to that were lots of long nights getting ready. I’ve been feeling frustrated with my ability to make time for writing, here or anywhere else, but now that the conference is over and I’ve given my brain a little break fromContinue reading “The Desire to Be Desired”

April in Books and Birds

I finished listening to two books in the last couple of days, The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit and Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, both of which I highly recommend.  I’m really into figuring out structure of books lately and thinking about the ways that authors assemble their thoughts, especially in nonfiction, and the imageContinue reading “April in Books and Birds”

Writers, Just Do It

Since switching jobs this fall, I’ve thought a lot about the writing life and how you go about making time to write. Writers bemoan the lack of time they have to dedicate to their craft more than any other group of people aspiring to something. There are dozens of articles written– by writers who apparentlyContinue reading “Writers, Just Do It”

My Writing Process

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 taughtContinue reading “My Writing Process”

Westbound and Down, Rollin’ Up and Truckin’

“we gonna do what they say can’t be done. We’ve got a long way to go, and a short time to get there, oh westbound just watch ol’ Bandit run!” Yeeeee hawwwww! https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/uHZJej98_T0&source=uds Tomorrow morning at the wee hour of 4 a.m. I’ll be zooming out of here to the airport for another year ofContinue reading “Westbound and Down, Rollin’ Up and Truckin’”

Status Update: TLDR

I learned a new Internet abbreviation this week, TLDR, as in “too long, didn’t read,” which has me all kinds of sad because, well, here you are on my blog that by design goes “on and on and on.”  I am the definition of “long-winded.”  Before you click away from this page after adding “TLDR”Continue reading “Status Update: TLDR”

Resolution Time!

Here’s a tip for next holiday season: It’s probably a bad idea to eat leftover pierogies every day after Christmas through the New Year. Maybe this wouldn’t be such a big deal if it wasn’t also coupled with nut roll. And baklava. And buckeyes. And other delicious calories consumed the last two weeks, all ofContinue reading “Resolution Time!”

Well, Hello There

Would ya look at that?  It’s been a month.  The MFA summer residency was here and then gone, those two weeks that last two months and then feel like just days once it’s over.  I think it might have been the smoothest residency we’ve run since 2007, which is saying something, since I was alsoContinue reading “Well, Hello There”