writing

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 …

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 …

Into the Light

Dear readers, I’m incredibly excited to share news that a piece I worked on for most of 2014 was accepted by Works (of Fiction) in Progress Journal and -best of all- you can actually read it.

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 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 …

Countdown

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

Can We Talk?

If last summer was the season of shoulder, this summer was the season of the glute. Each year, I learn …

Otherhood

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

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 …

Adaptation

With regard to weathering change, I’ve received more advice in the past few weeks than ever before. Major life shifts …

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 …