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| I'm writing at our breakfast table, journal open, black ink on skinny lines.  The rain is slowly dripping off our grey deck.  The light floating in is grey, matching my grey and white tablecloth.  Knobby, naked trees beaded with rain drops stand watch outside.  But there are bright yellow daisies in a vase ...

Why I’m Writing a Letter to Every Day in 2017

I remember, Pre-Internet, at the beginning of each year a set of skinny journals would appear on store shelves, all lined together in a box.  Their spines read January, February, March and continued with all the lovely names of the year.  Just looking at them made me think about all the life I could record in all of ...

Becoming a Masterful Unlearner

I'm in one of those reflective spaces in life.  You know the kind.  They don't come around very often and are best accompanied by grey, drizzly days, cups of hot tea, and warbly music floating from the record player. A book project has just ended, which means I'm not frantically writing in every free moment, ...

Confession: I’m a Silent Freaker Outer

I want you to think I'm calm and collected, but when it comes to the big stuff I can't control, I become a worst case scenario person. For example, last year at this time, the Bridgeton Landfill was threatening (via every screen imaginable) to blow St. Louis into the sky because of an underground fire that was creeping ...

This Pep Talk is for You

There was a season of life when I used to haul around a ten foot long paper banner with two giant words written in red paint: Pep Talk.  I'd hang it in rooms in my residence halls, announcing my impending encouragement that my students couldn't escape.  Today, I'm hanging the Pep Talk banner in your living room, ...

How I Didn’t Know I Was A Mystery Writer and Other Discoveries

After the manuscript of my first book went out to early readers, my first question to people who eagerly called to tell me they had finished was always, "What was your favorite part?" I expected them to talk about Doxen's Diner or that Persephone was their favorite character or the hundreds of Dark Ferret traditions ...

Concerning Spring Music and Creative Geniuses

Here are the things I want to be doing right now: Writing The Rise of The Narcoleptic Turtles. Driving with my windows down in the car listening to music. Frolicking in the park in front of our house because the temperature reached 80 degrees the other day. Writing blog posts doesn't make the list.  I ...