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Writing, Creativity, and Motherhood

The Atlantic published a great article about creativity and motherhood this week. As the mom of an almost-2-year-old, I think a lot about how motherhood has changed me and affected my writing. There seems to be a misconception in popular culture that once a woman gives birth, her writing (or other creative endeavors) suffer. In […]

Silencing Your Inner Censor: Writing Through the Fear

I’ve been working on my novel tonight, and I’ve had a few breakthroughs in terms of character development and character motivation. In the past week or so, I’ve realized that I need to give myself permission to write a story that is weird, dark, profoundly sad, or whatever it needs to be. I had been […]

Thoughts About the Writing Process & Inspiration

Part of why I wanted to start blogging again is because I enjoy writing about the writing process. Some writers prefer to keep their writing life private, but I find that writing about writing and talking about writing is energizing. I’m going to write about what inspires me, and sets the tone for my writing […]

On Hiatus

As you might’ve noticed, this blog (and me) have been on hiatus for awhile. I’m taking a break, mainly because I had a baby in October, and I’m trying to figure out the whole working mom thing. I have some ideas, and hope to work on writing and publishing again soon. Thanks for all your […]

In Praise of Doing What Does Not Come Naturally

Yesterday I went for what might’ve been my last run until the spring thaw. It was a bit blustery at 36 degrees, but it felt so good! I ran a slow mile and then walked another mile, savoring how good it felt to run outside for what might be the last time in a long […]

Autumn 2013 Recap (Part 1)

Autumn 2013 was quite busy, and I’m just now getting some time to catch up with my blog. I did a lot of traveling and speaking in addition to my usual teaching load, and I’m currently enjoying my January break. My first school visit was at Elkins Middle and High Schools in West Virginia (which […]

The Sense Of Immediacy And Thoughts On Revision

I have the luxury of spending roughly four hours on writing-related ventures today (I am so lucky!) due to a fluke in my schedule and a quiet week school-wise. I have been writing like fiend, whenever I get a chance, and I have been caught up in my subject in a way I haven’t been […]

Florence + The Machine: Shake It Out

I first saw Florence + The Machine on SNL and I was transfixed. I am madly in love with this song right now. I keep listening to it on repeat, at top volume. I love the music, and love the lyrics. I’ve embedded the music video below, and posted the lyrics as well. Regrets collect […]

Book Cover T-Shirts

These tee-shirts are so cool. I want The Bell Jar one, personally. http://outofprintclothing.com/shop/t-shirts/womens/

Is This Really My Life?

I keep having these moments lately, where I’m like, “Is this really my life? I am so lucky.” I turn thirty at the end of June this year, and I think my upcoming birthday has put me in a reflective mood. I was driving back from a speaking engagement at Bethany Lutheran College in Mankato, MN, […]