Top Occupational Hazards of Freelancing from Home

About twelve years ago I began freelancing as a writer and occasional speaker. At the time my husband and I were child-free, which meant that, by most writerly standards, I was living the dream. Long, uninterrupted hours of writing, musing, sipping tea, more musing,...

The Abundance Manifesto

I said something on Twitter the other day that made me stop and think. And made others stop and think. It was this: “Write bravely. Use up all those good ideas now, don’t save them. There will be more. Art comes from abundance.” The idea came in response to...

Let’s Talk About Plagiarism

I don’t write much about my classes or about being a professor or about my life at an academic institution. Some of that is because I’ve never been comfortable being called “Professor”-anything and some of that is because the stories from my classroom are just...

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...

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,...

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