The Best Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received Came From a Rejection Letter

A couple of years ago, I submitted an essay to an online literary magazine. I received a rejection e-mail from the editor a few months afterwards. Although I felt the usual disappointment at the time that my work was passed on, I’ve later become grateful for this e-mail. Instead of the typical standard letter thatContinue reading “The Best Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received Came From a Rejection Letter”

Scenes from a Hat: The Stories Around Us

I used to watch the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? In a segment called “Scenes From a Hat,” the host would pull slips of paper from a hat that contained random scenes suggested by the audience. The cast would then improvise these scenes, and of course, the comedians would turn them intoContinue reading “Scenes from a Hat: The Stories Around Us”

Writing on Vacation

My boyfriend and I took a trip to Denver this past week. He was sent here on a work conference, and we decided to stay in town for a few days after the conference ended to turn the trip into a vacation. While he has already flown home since he booked his flight separately throughContinue reading “Writing on Vacation”

Steps I Am Taking to Develop My Writing Portfolio

I am happy to report that our little house in the country, once again, has internet. The stubbornly optimistic side of me overpowered the millennial part of me – I actually wasn’t too upset we went so long without internet. I honestly think I even enjoyed the detachment from the outside world. I was ableContinue reading “Steps I Am Taking to Develop My Writing Portfolio”

Shooting for the Moon Without Internet and Other Writing Challenges

There used to be a motivational poster that circulated the teachers’ classrooms when I was in grade school. Like all motivational posters, it served as an attempt to inspire students before they became fully jaded by life’s injustices. Shoot for the moon, the poster read, even if you miss, you will land among the stars.Continue reading “Shooting for the Moon Without Internet and Other Writing Challenges”

Writing Exercise: The Way Home

What’s the way home? There are so many ways I’ve taken, Countless roads that have led me here. Some were paved and offered no resistance, Others were arduous and left me weak. Some days I walked with company at my side And many I traveled alone. What’s the way home? It’s there, But it’s fleetingContinue reading “Writing Exercise: The Way Home”

Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter

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 I would haveContinue reading “Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter”

Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019

Had a funeral for a plant today. Things always get peculiar during periods of unemployment. It was a great plant, you would have agreed. At one time, it had been a luscious, chlorophyll laden beauty, a pink polka dot plant. A hypoestes phyllostachya, if you will. It was a Lazarus of a specimen, surviving myContinue reading “Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019”

Why I No Longer Believe in Writer’s Block

Until recently, I believed in the concept of writer’s block. Since I was young, I had heard people mention the artistic frustration writers get when they cannot find inspiration for their work and are subsequently unable to write. Writer’s block is represented in a scene in Big Fish where Steve Buscemi’s character, the poet NortherContinue reading “Why I No Longer Believe in Writer’s Block”

Living a Life of Writing

Contrary to the popular expression, time does not fly, especially as you get older. No, time is a twenty ton freight train tearing down a set of railroad tracks at an abominable rate. This past year, I realized the uncomfortable truth — that train is never going to slow down. Over the past twelve months,Continue reading “Living a Life of Writing”