When I was five, my mother had a psychotic break. It started out as little things like peeling off the wallpaper in her rented bedroom and splashing lavender paint all over the walls leaving it uneven and bumpy with the residual wallpaper glue beneath. Then she informed me that we were giving my favorite doll […]Read more "Mental Health Month"
TW: Mental illness and emotional abuse. Okay, so before you go any farther I’m going dark and personal on the blog today. If that’s not your scene, no harm, no foul. I don’t mind. Not everyone needs to know about my issues. But, if you want to, if it might help. Do come in as I’m […]Read more "What Going Mad Feels Like"
You built your house on a on a fault line You ignored all wisdom You forgot that this was earthquake country When it hits It breaks the dishes It wakes you from a sound sleep It puts cracks up and down every wall Later You inspect the foundation Run your hands along the damage You ask Can […]Read more "Earthquake Country"
Things I heard growing up:Why did you do that (insert off the wall impulsive thing I couldn’t explain), Jessica? Stop fidgeting.It’s rude to interrupt people. Mind your manners please.You have so much potential. You could do anything you wanted if only you’d (work for it, apply yourself, care)I don’t understand why you’re grades are so […]Read more "Wait, what was it you were saying again?"
It’s been almost a week now, and for all you lovely people following me, my book got selected as a finalist in #PitchWars. *cue hysterical ugly crying* and then some of this. . . It was very surreal. Still is really. Surreal but cool. So, I’m betting a whole lot of you are scratching your […]Read more "So A Thing Happened. . ."
Heya, peeps! Twitter friends keep tagging me in the 7x7x7 thing in which the rule is that you go to the 7th page of your manuscript, count down 7 lines and post the next 7 lines. Then you tag 7 writer friends to do the same. In all honesty, I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you […]Read more "Sevens and Sevens and Sevens and Sevens."
Gather ’round, children: it’s story time. It’s just a few days until the big PitchWars reveal, and I know, if you’re anything like me, you’re starting to feel a bit like this. It’s been a long month of polishing, and taking risks and spending one minute sure you’ll get in and the next being equally […]Read more "Where We Go From Here"
Heya, Pitchwars peeps! Greetings from my strange little corner of the internet! So this is supposed to be all about me. How keen. Let’s see, I’ll skip the part where I say I’ve been writing since I was knee high to something really tiny. Not actual size. Anyway, I write weird stuff, chase around one […]Read more "Mentee Bio Redux: This time with even more feeling."
I want to say something lovely and coherent about Midwest Writers. Something worthy and articulate and thoughtful. I’m not there yet. I’m still floating in the happy endorphin place at the moment. The words community, friendship, love, support. All of those come to mind. Also, I learned so many things about craft. I met amazing […]Read more "#MWW15"
*TW for pregnancy and infant loss. Usually I take one day a year to write about this. Usually on his birthday. But I’m feeling it today, and one thing I’ve learned is that when you’re feeling it is the right time to write about big, hard, things. So here goes. It’s something I hardly ever […]Read more "Probably TMI"