Shaking the Dust Off; Moving on Past Rejection

I got rejected this week. It was an article, a story I was a really proud of, submitted to a prestigious magazine where a couple of my friends have been published recently. I’d polished the prose, even had someone look it over before I sent it in, only to...

Home: Life’s Art Studio

“What did she use this time?” The kind man who cleans my white carpets squats down to inspect the splashed rainbow. “Acrylic and oils.” I show him the finished masterpiece displayed on the easel above the carpet’s danger zone. He nods appreciatively, and from his...

How I Learned to Create in Community

“… And I was wondering if you’d like to write a book with me.” Sarah asked me this in the rain. Early summer, stalks of rhubarb hugged tightly to my chest. Our feet on the mulch and our children in the driveway. “Yes,” I said. I cried. We hugged, the rhubarb...

Don’t Give Your Voice Away

  Maybe you grew up watching Disney movies like I did. We would sit breathless watching Ariel sign away her voice to the sea witch in “The Little Mermaid.” Eyes glued to the TV, we watched to see if the prince would “kiss the girl” even though she was mute. Now,...
Writing for Glory

Writing for Glory

I have been writing, now, for decades. It started back in elementary school, when we were given blank books in second grade, books that were pure white, inside and out. The covers, the pages, the seams of the binding—all of it, whiter than winter clouds. There were no...

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