How important is “place” in writing?

The distinctive tabletop mountain, Benbulbin, inspired Yates' poetry.

My recent trip to Ireland has me thinking again about the importance of place to a writer. Ireland has a rich written history, including literary greats James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yates. Those names were prominent as we toured the Emerald … [Continue reading]

How important is staying plugged in?

Ireland - Plugging into a new source of energy.

“Is it plugged in?” That was the first question tech support always asked back when computers were new and I called to find out why the alien on my desk wouldn’t work.Dutifully, I’d untangle my feet from the writhing morass of cords under my desk and … [Continue reading]

Courage – Would you have enough?

Hariett Tubman - abolitionist who freed more than 700 slaves.

Harriet Tubman. Oskar Shindler. Esther. People iconic for their courage and the bold actions they took to save the lives of others, actions that put their own lives at risk. Every time I hear a story about someone who stands up to society, their … [Continue reading]

You just never know

Fork in the road

If you just spent four years in college to become a teacher, would you take a secretarial position instead? I did and found myself on a path loaded with unexpected opportunities.After graduating in 1972 with a degree in speech & English … [Continue reading]

How important is the frame?

Framed for drama and impact. Photo courtesy of Morguefile.com

A few years ago, as I walked the Crystal Bridges Art Museum grounds, I spotted a single picture frame set on posts in the middle of a soccer-sized field. Intrigued, I walked out to look closer, reasoning that this frame must be quite important to … [Continue reading]

Taking writing on the road

Friends & writers - Mary, Shirley & Carol

Writing can be a solitary business. When I’m working on a writing project, as I am now with my novel in progress, I get to my keyboard each day by 9 a.m. and do my best to stay on task until noon. I dive headlong and alone into my story - forgoing … [Continue reading]

Iowa Caucus yields host of winners

Iowa caucus goers stand to be counted. Action of great interest to media. Photo courtesy of Robin Fortney

I woke this morning with a profound sense of peace. In spite of blizzard force winds raging overnight, it was remarkably quiet. Political ads no longer filled the airwaves. Campaign text messages no longer flooded my phone. Local coffee shops are … [Continue reading]

Cleaning out, letting go, starting fresh

Photo courtesy of: MorgueFile.com

I ended the old year as I often do - by cleaning out my office. This December gave me an even better opportunity to clean out, though, since my husband and I agreed to tackle remodeling my office - the last room in our house to get a new ceiling, new … [Continue reading]

With a little help from my friends – NaNoWriMo 2015

Dream Big Dreams

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) sent hundreds of thousands of writers to their keyboards in November to write the novels they know they have in them. Historically, 17% of those who start succeed. I was one of those writers.Writing 50,000 … [Continue reading]

Writing reckessly – NaNoWriMo 2015

NANOWRIMO CREST

“Every morning I tell myself: Write recklessly today.You can play it safe tomorrow.” - Sue Monk KiddAs I join tens of thousands of other writers to tackle the National Novel Writing Month challenge to write 50,000 words in November, Kidd’s comment is … [Continue reading]