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
If you've been reading my Days of Being posts, you might have noticed I've been posting new entries the past several days. I decided I'm going to keep trying to get this book published because I think it has a shot and because I believe it's better to read as a whole instead of as individual posts online.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
1. The day my kids went back to school and I sat in our quiet living room and drank coffee and sat some more and did a whole lot of work for my job and I received a rejection for a book proposal for a book of micro-memoirs and I wasn't very sad about my work being rejected but I was sad about feeling like there's no place for me in the Church because I am an oddball Christian who doesn't fit very well in boxes and I know other people feel this way too and somehow we should figure out a way to find each other.Read More
1. The day I spent a chunk of time with Mark Jarman's Unholy Sonnet 42 and realized I love the idea of not facing the world but still entering it and I also love the idea of undoing steps while also gaining ground.Read More