So the rubber meets the road today as I submit a character sketch of my mother for a creative nonfiction class I am taking. This tiny 300-word essay is the first piece I have written for public consumption in a memoir of my life told through my parents’ accounts of their lives. Just over a … Continue reading First Step on a Writing Odyssey
That day I have been waiting for is finally here. MaryAnn McKibbon Dana’s book God, Improv and the Art of Living has been released and is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (or wherever fine books are sold, I suppose). I highly recommend that if you want to be challenged and have … Continue reading It’s Finally Here!
We had to get a new dishwasher a few weeks ago. So far the only down side to this is the big hole it left in our “for the house” savings account. But since the previous dishwasher had been on its last legs for almost a year anyway, we had been saving. There is no … Continue reading A Bowl of Self Care
So I have been great about posting one blog per week since April last year – really great! I was sometimes later in the week than others, but it was always done. Until last week. No post from last week. And to be honest, I’m struggling to get back out there and write something for … Continue reading A Swing and a Miss
I have to admit, I have no idea how people with cable television ever get anything done! I took some time away from the family for a writing retreat, but found myself captured the first evening by the Food Network. I know not everyone must watch other people eat and prepare food 24/7, but there … Continue reading Cold Turkey
It was the only marginally o.k. of times, it was some pretty bad times…. Not much of an opener, right? I went to a writers’ workshop this weekend, and mystery writer Nancy Pickard offered us some amazing advice on reworking drafts and looking for places to add lift and excitements to our scenes. She shared … Continue reading Superlatives
I love to write. It’s not a burden. Maybe it’s because I like it so much that it always gets put off – it’s a bit of an indulgence to take the night away and do something that I love. It is also hard work though, and there’s some doubt whether it pays off. I … Continue reading Fictional Value
I am writing this during a scheduled writing retreat that I planned with a friend. We’re staying up late, drinking caffeine and eating food that is bad for us. (Well, I am; she brought fairly healthy snacks!) I’m enjoying my new Savannah office for Openings: Let the Spirit In and taking advantage of the quiet … Continue reading Friends