But what can you actually do with an English degree? How do you pay the bills? If you’re a writer, your friends and family probably asked you one or both of these questions only a couple-hundred times. Every time you break the news you’d like to pursue the writing life, the well-meaning friend takes on […]
A Spring of Weather Reports After the style of Kathleen Norris in Dakota: A Spiritual Geography. February 24 It is 5:30 in the evening, and snow streaks down in small pellets. I have plans to go out, to meet a friend, to tromp through thick snow around the Lowry Nature Center’s expanse of trails in […]
Susan Orlean, journalist and author of The Orchid Thief, once tweeted, “Writing is hard. Writing is hard. Writing is hard.” I retweeted her. I felt a surge of empathy. Though I’m nowhere near the talent or accomplishment of Susan Orlean — she’s a goddess of great feature writing — as a writer I understood exactly […] […]
Who knew you had to hire an editor BEFORE a literary agent?
A flash fiction piece featuring killer lobsters. The mutiny began during the dinner rush. Waiters whipped around white-linened tables, fingers balancing trays with fluidity of motion. With the commotion of misplaced orders and political debates, birthday songs and first date fidgeting, no one noticed the lobsters stirring in their tank. Claws pinched together with rubber […]
Sacred Sonnets: Why do you mold me into better clay? Why do you mold me into better clay? Did I ask to be re-formed, spun on that holy wheel––misshapen––day by day? I am weary; it’s you I call upon. Were you there, that day, on my saddest hour? For lack of Water my bones grew […]