My Writing Journey

How I’ve Used Notebooks to Organize My Writing Ideas

Photo by Mike Tinnion on Unsplash At any given time, I probably have half a dozen notebooks stashed around my desk, in my purse, or on my bookshelf. I have used various styles of notebooks for practically every form of writing. When I was a kid, I would make my own "books" by putting loose leaf paper in… Continue reading How I’ve Used Notebooks to Organize My Writing Ideas

Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Stories Told Through Objects

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash I have never been one to collect things, mostly because I hate clutter. I love being in open, simple environments that invite relaxation and calmness. I appreciate spaces that are free of things, preferring to focus on mental creativity. That being said, I do have just one weakness when it comes to material… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Stories Told Through Objects

Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: The Last Plant in the Neighborhood

Photo by Christian Widell on Unsplash This snippet was written from another prompt I gleaned off the Poets and Writers: "The Time is Now" list. The prompt I used was: "The Humboldt Glacier, located high in the Andes mountain range in Venezuela, is the country’s last glacier. Glaciers are disappearing around the world due to climate change, which… Continue reading Writing Exercise: The Last Plant in the Neighborhood

Reviews

Book Review: “The Quilter’s Homecoming” by Jennifer Chiaverini

Some days, I gravitate to books that are quick, cozy reads for a particularly low-key weekend. This past week, I was in just that kind of mood and picked up a copy of The Quilter's Homecoming in a local used bookstore. We recently had a bout of cold, rainy weather, and the idea of reading… Continue reading Book Review: “The Quilter’s Homecoming” by Jennifer Chiaverini

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Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter

Photo by Andrea Tummons on Unsplash I have been trying my hand at growing plants this past year, and one of the things I've learned is that some plant bulbs, such as daffodils (which bloom in early spring), should be planted in the cold soil of fall and winter. I was surprised to learn this planting technique, as… Continue reading Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter

Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Snowstorm

Photo by Les Anderson on Unsplash The woods rose up all around me, towers of dead trees and bare branches that grasped my clothing and hair as I ran. I took no notice of their thorns as they scratched through my sleeves and left strands of hair snagged on their limbs. It was after me, and the dread… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Snowstorm

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Writing Exercise: A Pocket Watch, a Flea Market, and a Bit of Time Travel

Photo on Visual HuntTentes Can objects haunt us? I considered this question today when responding to a writing prompt. The answer I came up with turned into the beginning of a science fiction story, which you will find a little further below. The prompt comes from the Shut Up and Write group, an international writing community that is (despite the… Continue reading Writing Exercise: A Pocket Watch, a Flea Market, and a Bit of Time Travel

Reviews

Book Review: “Translator, Trader” by Douglas Hofstadter

Photo by João Silas on Unsplash I've just finished reading Translator, Trader: An Essay on the Pleasantly Pervasive Paradoxes of Translation by Douglas Hofstadter and am still trying to digest the big translation questions that the author raises in it. As you might discern from the title, this essay - which reaches 100 pages - is a playful description of a… Continue reading Book Review: “Translator, Trader” by Douglas Hofstadter

Writing Exercises

Writing Exercise: Inside the Castle (Writing Inspiration from a Dream)

Photo by Marc Marchal on Unsplash The search for story ideas is a constant in most writers' lives, and every once in a while, the ideas are the ones that search us out. Night before last, I had an odd dream that felt so realistic and detailed I decided to write a short passage about it after waking… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Inside the Castle (Writing Inspiration from a Dream)

My Writing Journey

How Living in a Small Town Has Helped My Writing

I recently moved in with my boyfriend and relocated to a very small town. While I am not sure I could manage long term in a mega city like New York City or London, I am definitely more of a city person and have gravitated to them in my adult life. I understand the appeal… Continue reading How Living in a Small Town Has Helped My Writing