Writing Goals: Building on What I’ve Already Accomplished

In this post, I discuss setting three goals including 1) Continuing to create content for the organizations I work with now, 2) Identifying more blog-writing opportunities to help expand my portfolio, and 3) Developing a plan for maximizing the potential of Paper Crow Blog.

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”