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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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Brevity & Obsession

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

Five

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

Halfway

Based on my encounters for the past two weeks, I know the first question lingering in your mind, so let’s …

What Is She Doing?

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

Vision

As a dying hurricane flings gusty winds at Seattle, and with them, tree limbs, power lines and a pantheon of …

Otherhood

Warning: this week’s blog post, a comedic romp into the realm of the sadly under-utilized gluteous maximus muscle, is now …

A Room of One’s Own

While it’s been many years since I’ve shared the cost of rent with someone, this isn’t to say that I …

Weights & Measures

Him:  We have to ask ourselves at a certain point in life if the goal isn’t how far we can …