Thoughts

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 …

#fail?

Thank you very much for your submission to ___’s Nonfiction Contest. We received more than 500 submissions, and had a …

The God of Small Things

When I start a story, I’ve usually been thinking about it for a while. Maybe it started with noticing something …

Personal Capital

This week’s post coincides with Personal Capital’s idea to think of a personal role model for independence, strength and financial stability—a …

Put Down the Boulder

Happy 2016! I’m been considering how this blog might change in the new year, as its focus has surely shifted …

Brevity & Obsession

Last week, in response to a writing prompt from a recent Hugo House class, I wrote a short essay on the …

Podcast

This week, Jack Straw published a podcast interview conversation between me and University of Washington professor and novelist Shawn Wong, who curated the …

Transiting

On this day five years ago, I was preparing to return to Seattle from a two-month residency in Italy. It …

Pilgrimage

“Walk until you reach the color red.” Last week, nine women writers were offered this quest during the A Room …

Neuroplasticity

I’ve been thinking lately that our minds are the greatest trick we pull on ourselves. Isn’t it amazing that we …

Active Voice

In the past 35 days, I’ve done something that I’ve never done before—twice, actually. At the end of March I …

Five

When I was seven or eight, my parents bought me a Funk & Wagnalls encyclopedia that spanned the top shelf …

Boundaries, Binders and Bravery

Earlier this month, I met with the fabulous Frances McCue who, among many things, is a writer, co-founder of Seattle’s Richard …

What Is She Doing?

The title question is perhaps best answered when accompanied by another: “Are writers really introverts — or do we seek …

Inspiration

It’s a rare opportunity when I can daylight the writing that I do that does not appear in this blog. …