The Scream Inside Your Head

Over the years I’ve heard dozens of stories of writers who have gone down a related career path only to realize they had wandered off course from a deeper calling. Fiction writers who became reporters.Poets working as public relations officers. Memoirists...

The best time to write

This is the best time of year to write. It’s also the worst time to try to be productive. You wonder where that burst of energy went That had you rolling up your sleeves Just a few months ago. You think, I should be working on my project. You think, I should be...

Write This Down

Years ago, I had a tiny black dog with a few black spots and enormous ears. Every once in a while, she’d stop dead in her tracks, raise her ears like antennae, and stare into the distance. “She’s getting messages from the mothership,” my...

Preparing for Mondays

For years I spent Sundays preparing for Mondays, Paying bills and washing clothes, Stocking up on cooking supplies So I could begin my week with A bang. Sundays mornings, I attended the Church of Trader Joe’s Picking out organic produce.  I had my staples: A bag...

WRITING THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC

How goes your work? Writing through the pandemic When life is heavier than usual, Requires more planning, more commitment. You might be challenged by too much solitude Or perhaps not enough.  Either way, I see you adapt, And it inspires me. You remake...

Emulating Emily Rapp

Steal Like an Artist.  That was the title of Austin Kleon’s first book. It’s a reference to Pablo Picasso’s famous advice, “Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal.” During the summer reading course, when we studied memoirs by Black...

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