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 […]

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Probably TMI

*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 […]

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Going For the Jugular.

“Go for the jugular. (If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy.)” – Natalie Goldberg. I took my first creative writing class in 1999, and my instructor, I think her name was Sonja, assigned us Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones. […]

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The first thing they tell you about living in a haunted house is that you will need salt. Little crystal shakers. Big blue boxes with yellow umbrella girls on the side. The collection of glass worn smooth and salty to the taste even decades after you collected them with grubby fingers. They told you salt […]

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