About "Field Guide to Resisting Temptation"

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 scenesContinue reading “About "Field Guide to Resisting Temptation"”

Metaphors and Me

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 thenContinue reading “Metaphors and Me”

The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi I leave in the morning for my annual trek to the AWP Conference, this year in Boston.  I’m leaving with my homework done for this week, a packet submitted for the program, “spring break” for school waiting after the trip, four manuscripts formattedContinue reading “The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem”

Visiting Ghosts: Writing about the Past

One of my current writing projects is an essay (or longer something… book? eep.) about faith and identity.  I can’t write about becoming a Christ follower without writing about an ex-boyfriend I dated for almost two years during college, a guy I expected to marry someday. It’s hard to go back to journals and memoriesContinue reading “Visiting Ghosts: Writing about the Past”

Advent Calendar and Writing

The Advent season starts December 1, and I’m nipping at the bit.  I love this season. The kids and I made an advent calendar that I stole from Pinterest (gah. one more addiction to battle.) and combined with our Nativity story books.  Each day has a different activity on it for December leading up toContinue reading “Advent Calendar and Writing”

Ambition and Contentment

What is it about the human spirit that itches the inside of us and drives us to look beyond where we are right now toward some blurry-eyed future, probes us to keep climbing and reaching for more, to keep creating, inventing, dreaming, brainstorming, vision-casting, striving and risking in spite of the joys and possibilities allContinue reading “Ambition and Contentment”

The Elliptical and Tonight’s Work of Writing

It’s one of those writing nights where I spend about a minute or two typing out clever sentences and then hold down the backspace bar until the page is white again.  It’s also the night of a thousand saves as I open and close new and old drafts of poems and essays. And the nightContinue reading “The Elliptical and Tonight’s Work of Writing”

That Isn’t on My 30th Year Goal List

It’s been a while since I checked in on my 30th Year Goals.  Ever since the summer residency my reading and writing efforts have been unimpressive.  Besides a draft of an essay that probably won’t ever see the light of day because it’s so bad, I’ve written one poem and a short lyric essay ofContinue reading “That Isn’t on My 30th Year Goal List”

The Grateful Shrub

This morning, a little ditty about gardening and growth is up at Tweet Speak Poetry: “I picked the wrong year to plant new shrubs…” – The Grateful Shrub It’s the beginning of the annual Ashland University MFA Program summer residency, so I am up to my eyeballs with fun and writerly stuff.  Andre Dubus IIIContinue reading “The Grateful Shrub”

Building Community

This past weekend, I spent some time in Indiana with about a dozen other writers who mostly met about three months ago at the Festival of Faith and Writing.  We decided to come together because we’re all at similar places in our careers, like-minded in ideology and vision for our poetry, and we’re all outrageouslyContinue reading “Building Community”