Alia Joy’s Glorious Weakness is a memoir about her experiences with weakness, poverty, loss, and doubt. She writes about the stories that have formed who she is now with a soul-baring honesty and vulnerability. But she also writes with her eyes looking toward hope and grace and helps her readers see both, too.Read More
I read this essay on a Friday afternoon in early spring after returning home from a lovely celebratory lunch with a dear friend at one of my favorite restaurants, The Whistling Table. I enjoyed eating their fantastic black and blue salad while we caught up on the latest and greatest going on in life and writing.Read More
I read this essay while eating gluten free herb and garlic crackers with Trader Joes’ spinach and kale Greek yogurt dip except the dip tasted too healthy and I thought it needed a bit of fat, so I added a tablespoon or so of mayonnaise to it.Read More
Here’s my very first Very Quick Review. This is one of my favorite books I read in 2018. The video is far from perfect, but I’m learning, right? (Now I know if I record with my phone, I should turn the phone horizontally.) But enough about me and my lack of technology skills. Let me know if you decide to read this book, too.Read More
“A writer can fit a whole world inside a book. Really. You can go there. You can learn things while you are away. You can bring them back to the world you normally live in.” —Neil Gaiman, A Velocity of BeingRead More
I have recently exchanged a few emails with a friend (who I met via a Facebook group for a writing guild we’re both members of) about the effects of social media and whether or not we should bail from what many consider a dumpster fire situation.Read More
But while I was stuck in my favorite spot in my living room, I had an idea for a new writing project. I didn’t have a ton of energy to act on it—I was too miserable to open a new document and begin writing. But I did have enough energy to let the idea roll around in my mind. I had enough energy to take a few notes in my journal. I had enough energy to email someone I trust to see if he has any book or article recommendations on the topic.
Would I have thought of this idea if I wasn’t sick and bored? Maybe. Maybe not.Read More
I'm going through my stacks of magazines and journals, reading/re-reading them, hoping to throw some of them out even though I'd rather keep my stacks. We don't have much room for stacks, though, so here we are.Read More
While I was working on my Days of Being project, I listened to this playlist over and over. All of the songs are sung by females because I wanted to hear the voices of women while I explored my own life and stories. I enjoyed having a list of familiar songs accompany me as I worked on this project. Now I have creative connections to these artists' work that didn't exist before I worked on Days of Being.
I'm that person who reads way too many books at the same time. My "Currently Reading" pile is huge, so I'm focusing on reading three books from it this week and next week. Here's my list to read now:Read More
1. The day I worked on some new pitches for a new-to-me publication and worked on my new book project and the ideas came easily and the words came almost as easily and I was pleased because it's nice when there isn't too much of a tug-of-war with the ideas and the words.Read More