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Doldrums & Distractions

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

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 …

What Is She Doing?

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

Countdown

Today is one of those fall Sundays in Seattle that I live for: the sky is bright white with a …

This One Time At Writers Camp

Great art is clear thinking about mixed feelings. —WH Auden During a recent Pacific Northwest heat wave, two hundred writers …

AWP14

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

Rules

Must the Gun Always Fire? (And Other Rules of Writing) was the theme of Friday night’s Hugo House Literary Series …

Risk

Picture this: TSA agents staring slack-jawed at monitors, screening for dangerous weapons like guns and suntan lotion in bottles larger …

Economy

At the end of my junior year at university, I acknowledged two facts whose existence I had struggled to shrug …

Slapstick

Despite my wacky and ribald personality, my go-to style of writing often lists into the maudlin and the serious. I …

Feet First

After wading through my firm’s annual marketing report and compiling an inventory of my own literary works for EDGE class …

Homecoming

I had anticipated last week’s trip to Pullman, Washington, for some time. Since November, I’ve been working with teams to …

Happy Frickin’ New Year

‘Tis a new year —a time of hope, an era of beginnings, fresh starts, healthy diets, exercise regimes, flapping doves, …

Have and Have-Not

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the first installment of the Hugo House Literary Series, one of four events …