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Some things are too terrible to feel. Somewhere in the deepest, most primitive part of the brain, a spark is lit; a mechanism switches on. The…Read More
The Race of Faithfulness
I’m reading my book. Not as in, my book of the month, one I pulled off the shelf at the charming but over-priced bookstore on Main…Read More
People My Age Aren’t Having Children.
I’ve heard peers say that children mean the end of a life. I close my eyes, hoping she will mirror me. I think of all the…Read More
The Moon and Me
She slaps a hard blade of ice white light across my eyes, peeking in from the highest corners of my bedroom windows. “Let me be,” I tell her. “Don’t you…Read More
Year in Review: My Word for 2022
“Pshhhhhew.” My daughter’s tiny hand soared slowly in front of my face as she mimicked the fireworks she was witnessing for the first time. I watched…Read More
Should Everyone Like Your Work?
“YOU!” The stranger shouted at me from across the room. I was standing in a dark, seedy bar off Magazine Street in New Orleans, with stone…Read More
My Top 5 Books for Any Aspiring Writer
photo credit @1924usWhile the writing world is divided on prefaces, I’m going to start with one. Mostly to say that when it comes to writing, the…Read More
What Grey Clouds Can do to a Routine
“Motherf*%$er.” I mumble under my breath. I hear my one and a half year old daughter give the word her best try from her car seat…Read More
To the Gen Zer in Seat 31D
I have never been to Knoxville until now. Or, I should say, 10p.m. last night. Rocketing through the storm soaked atmosphere of Tennessee at 500mph on…Read More
When the Work Might be BAD bad.
My mother has finished reading my novel. She is the first person to read the whole shebang. Of course she is: these are the kinds of…Read More
Where Would we Be Without Martyrs?
The Documentary that Got me Asking I grabbed the slender black remote, nixed the television, and leaned back on the couch to wipe my eyes. My…Read More
If you ever feel the fog settling in, always remember to ask yourself, “What can I make better?” Often it’s as simple as the little wrapper…Read More
The Writing Truths we Forget to be True
I can see him: the genius writer. He’s holed up somewhere with the kind of light that makes your eyes go bad and the kind of…Read More
Alert: Clean filter
I tried to tell myself I’d just been busy, but I knew I’d hit an unparalleled level of spiritual dryness. It wasn’t for lack of trying,…Read More
How the Scroll is Undermining One of Our Most Important Writerly Duties
“Writers pay attention,” she said. I thought for a minute. Do I pay attention? I thought I did. Maybe? No–I did; I certainly did. I’m self…Read More
And just like that.
6/24/22:”…there was a commotion in the firmament, and the smallest of all the stars in the Milky Way screamed out.”Read More
Dusting Off and Getting Up: a Rehearsal
A deep sigh. Little shame filled cheeks glowing in front of a keyboard where little shame filled fingers flit before you now. I am back. A…Read More
When to Shut Up and When to Talk: The Key to Character Description
I’ve been thinking a lot about my main character lately. I’m writing a novel. Did I tell you that? And it has a main character, and…Read More
One Writer’s Gentle Reminder About the Muse to Another
You’re standing next to the punch bowl, wondering who ever thought the paper straw was ever a good idea as you pull a bit of soggy…Read More
My Baby Turned One Today: What I’ve Learned in One Sentence
A lot, but mostly: human beings can do incredibly, incredibly hard things–especially with love in their heart and a willingness to see what is beautiful. Whatever…Read More
What Any Writer Can Learn from Holy Week
A Look at the Passion for Writing I was sitting on a plane, yellow highlighter at the ready, when I read one of the most influential…Read More
Four Biggest Lies We Use to Keep From Writing
The Biggest Lies All Writers Believe Note, that’s biggest lies, dear friend. Please don’t think for a moment that this in any way limits the list…Read More
Welcome, dear friend.
A word. Any word. Even the word, “word.” Whew…and just like that, all that heart-stopping, white-sick terror of the blank page is gone. They say a…Read More