Thoughts

Love the One You’re With

I carry a notebook with me, always. Right now, it’s a Moleskine with a plain cardboard cover adorned with a …

The Butterfly Effect

“Whatever you are doing, if you want something else to happen, you need to pause.” —Helene Simonsen Nine years ago …

Philosophies

Confession: I am horrible at keeping secrets. Reframe: I am excellent at keeping other people’s deep, dark, shameful secrets. I …

Practice and Purpose

“But how, if you are neither Zulu warrior nor Aztec maiden, do you prepare yourself, all alone, to enter an …

Accounting

Tis the season for accounting. It’s the time of year when we let ourselves have that second cocktail or slice …

Commitment

I have an uneasy relationship with writing novels. Or, so I thought. I’ve spent this year focusing on my novel …

Strength Versus Strain

I recently read (and recommend) “Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine” by Alan Lightman, a theoretical astrophysicist. His book …

Doldrums & Distractions

Hello there. It’s been a while. I’ve been on the road quite a bit. Pullman, Port Townsend, Tucson, San Francisco, …

Space and Inspiration

This week, I’ve been in Denver for a preview of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art designed by …

MAKE SPACE

Confession: I am a list person. A writer of goals. A keeper of resolutions. I have monthly and yearly plans …

The Next Tree Line

One of the owners of the architecture firm where I work recently explained how he approaches design in a way …

Chasing Epiphany

Each year, I cobble together an educational program that serves as my DIYMFA. Usually, this means a residency, classes at …

REJECTED! (Part Deux)

When someone discovers that I’m a writer, they are most likely to blurt one of two things: nervousness at me correcting …

Houses and Bridges

It’s been more than a year since I’ve been able to take a writing class. That’s why I felt a sort of …

True Story

It’s the end of the year, a time when most of us cannot help but pause to take stock of …

Binders Full of Women

The latest installment of BinderCon happened this past weekend in New York. This was my third time at the conference …

Back to School

Good September, dear people! If the Seattle weather is any indication, fall is on its way before we have even …

Empathy Exercises, Part 1

This spring, I started as a fiction reader for a small journal with the hopes of understanding the inner workings of …

The Essential Parts of Life

Just when you think that you can’t publish a story about vomit, life surprises you. On Friday, Flash Fiction Magazine …