Category Archives: creativity

the value of a moment: why i journal

Theodor S. Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss—once said, “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory.” In a nutshell, this is why I keep a journal. I first began collecting my thoughts on … Continue reading

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writing roots, part 3: reconnecting

During the ten years I worked my way through college–holding down a full-time day job while taking mostly evening and weekend classes–I took a long hiatus from poetry and the other creative writing that fed my soul. I kept telling … Continue reading

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pitchapalooza

One of the most perplexing vicissitudes of life–for me, at least–is that something exciting and affirming can also be a source of dread and self-doubt. I speak, in particular, of my participation in NaNoWriMo’s Pitchapalooza. After spending more than two … Continue reading

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writing roots part 2: dr. alden

I traveled a bumpy road through high school and college, largely because I didn’t learn how to study until well into my 20s. I spent much of my young adult life feeling like a failure when it came to academic … Continue reading

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writing roots part 1: ms. shadow

I’ve worn a lot of hats since I first began writing at age 8, when my third grade language arts teacher, Marcelyn Hellbusch Shadow, assigned me to start keeping a journal. By commission, I’ve been a storyteller, essayist, high school … Continue reading

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unstuck

Back in August, when I started sending out the second draft of the ms to my beta readers, my husband Jim floored me by expressing his willingness to join their ranks. This came as a surprise because when I first … Continue reading

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nanowrimo day 1: all in

Here’s the back story: I first read about NaNoWriMo on my friend Kim’s blog in 2007. Back then, I was in poetry mode and the idea of writing An Entire Novel In One Month sounded like lunacy. Then I spent … Continue reading

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