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Last week I mentioned a new hobby of mine–art journaling. The Let’s Make Art theme for August was Life Maps. During one of the tutorials, we made organic shapes and highlighted the spaces between to reveal a path between places. It was intriguing to see how others interpreted and adapted this exercise. I was intrigued […]

Prewriting often feels like idling while waiting for the light to change. Or being in neutral and revving the engine before a race. It is about checking off lists (or making them), seeking direction, practice writing, and research. My research this month has been less technical and more about returning to some basics. I pulled […]

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the writing life.

What is the last thing (or one of the last things) you searched for on the Internet? Why? I am sensing a surge in my need for novelty lately. Sometimes when we are heading into a new chapter in our lives, we begin to explore and travel down new avenues. Sometimes we frequent old roads. […]

In August 2007, two pivotal events happened in the same week. My first collection of poems was released (on August 21 to be exact), and I officially started homeschooling my three sons. I remember feeling the shift from what I always wanted and thought I would be doing–writing–to what I never wanted or intended to […]

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the writing life.

Think about the various roles you play in your life. If you had to give up all but one, which one would you keep? Interesting question, isn’t it? It’s not an easy question to ponder. In part, it isn’t one most would like to consider. Most of us might consider giving up one of our […]

In April, I was asked by a friend who teaches at a private school to answer her high school seniors’ questions about what it means to be a writer. While these answers were provided for a specific audience, I hope everyone viewing my video responses will learn more about the writing life.

Have you ever fallen flat on your face? I’m not talking about figurative times when you’ve faced a failure in life. I mean the question quite literally. As in, have you ever been waving goodbye to the hosts of a party and their friends only to catch the toe your shoe on the crack between […]