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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 …

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 …

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 …

Brevity & Obsession

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

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 …

Hello, Stranger

Two and a half weeks is long enough for everything to go strange. When I returned home last night, our …

Five

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

What a Mother

Within the pantheon of idyllic perfection looms a lofty figure, one who overshadows beloved English professors, high school football coaches …

AWP14

Those who didn’t venture near the Washington State Convention Center in the last four days are likely unaware that over …