Answering the Why of Writing

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. – Ecclesiastes 12:12 (NIV) From third grade through my freshman year in college, I played the violin. I got so I could play well enough to sit first chair in our high school orchestra and chamber orchestra. You could say I […]

The Illusion of Measurability

Early last year I wrote about measuring outcomes. I pondered what I needed to measure to determine “success” in the context of writing, and I concluded that the only thing I could truly measure was how many commitments I kept. In retrospect, that conclusion was a bit unsatisfying. I find myself now circling back to […]

DO Cross the Streams

Dr. Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you. Dr. Peter Venkman: What? Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams. Dr. Peter Venkman: Why? Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad. Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”? Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine […]


I’m going to be brave this year. That’s what I told everyone the other day on my blog. Brave. Yeah. So my first act of bravery was to rewrite a poem I had been preparing for publication so that it was real. It was a nice poem before I rewrote it. But I wanted to […]

Privacy, Exposure, and Connection

One of the unplanned joys of blogging is the people you meet in the process. I say “unplanned” though, really, writing is all about connection, isn’t it? It’s just that you never know who will connect with you as a result of your words, how, when, or under what circumstances.  Recently, I had the joy […]

In over my head…

… and the water’s fine. That tape that runs in your head: “You better be careful. You don’t want to get in over your head.” A discouraging word from a well-meaning adviser: “Ooh, that’s very brave of you – are you sure you won’t be in over your head?” Naysayers snarking from the peanut gallery: […]

Why writing is not writing

Writing is never just writing. And yet, that’s all it is. Once, a few years back, I tweeted this: “bare bones – writing is use of symbols to express thought.” But even in that primitive description, other tasks are implied, such as: Determine surface for inscription of expressed thought (cave wall, paper, furniture, sky, computer, […]

Doing Summer Right

Typing away, alone at the dining room table, it’s just me and my coffee – and a half-finished jigsaw puzzle taking up the rest of the table’s surface. Half-finished, almost finished, just started… so many things in my life are like this. I seem to have no traction lately on projects. This in-between-ness is getting […]

Dealing with Disappointment

The writing life is a fertile field of dreams… and disappointments. From the moment we turn on the computer/pick up the pen, delights and dangers abound in equal measure. You start out thinking you’re going to write the next Great American Novel and promptly get a serious case of writer’s block at the end of […]

Practicing Bravery

I am never at a loss for a blank page. Lovely people give me those pretty cloth-covered blank notebooks for birthdays, Christmas, “just because” occasions. I buy stacks of spiral ring notebooks from Staples whenever they have their 2 cent sales. And there is always the back of envelopes the bills come in. But lately, […]