Revealing Landscapes of the Heart

April 13, 2024 by -
silhouette of a black cat sitting in an open window

I feel a twist coming on… Where’s that novel you’ve been working on forever, you might ask. Well, it’s simmering right along. Let’s call it my Texas novel because I’m not ready to share the title (which I am stoked about). Y’all (See what I did there? In Louisville, where I grew up, there’s a …Read More

How I Lost My Writing, And Found It Again

December 31, 2023 by - 14 Comments
Sun bursting through clouds over roadway

    This week, I wrote a short story. It isn’t just any short story. It’s the first piece of fiction I’ve completed in over four years. The words “four years” leave me breathless. In that I nearly passed out when I first realized it had been that long. I started writing fiction about thirty-five …Read More

The Unplugged Life

October 19, 2017 by - 6 Comments

    Oh, the irony. Today I spent about an hour reading online articles about how to unplug from technology for several hours a day. It feels rather like going to a human resources department to find out how to get a job at another company. There are many, many articles and blogs out there …Read More

Hello, Resistance, My Old Friend

February 16, 2017 by - 3 Comments

    Resistance and I are old, old friends. You could almost call her my twin from the dark side. Sometimes she comes to me dressed as fear. Sometimes as jealousy. Sometimes as illness. Sometimes as a cruel judge. Sometimes as a blank, brick wall. Sometimes as my mothering heart. No matter how she’s cloaked, she’s extremely …Read More

A Peek at The Intruder

February 15, 2017 by - 4 Comments

    If you’re following along (and I hope you are!), you know that on Wednesdays, I like to talk about what I’m reading, or books that have made an impression on me. This week I’ve been reading my latest manuscript, with brief excursions into Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl. More on that book later. …Read More

The Fog

January 3, 2017 by - 10 Comments

When I’m writing and get stuck, I will often get up and putter about the house or go online or get a snack (numbers 2 and 3 are never good choices). I’m trying to get in the habit of going outside and walking a bit. It was gray all day today, so I wasn’t excited about …Read More

You Can’t Fail At Being Yourself

December 29, 2016 by - 8 Comments

    In my life, I have set myself up for failure a lot, confusing goal-setting with imperious, inviolable self-commands. I’ve never seen failure as my friend, even though I was taught by my father from a young age that failure is simply another kind of opportunity. Perhaps I just never believed it. Okay, it’s pretty …Read More

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