Digging Deeper, in Life and Art

One of the most magical years of my life was spent living on a farm in rural Southwest Virginia. I’d rise in the morning and, before it was too hot, work in the large garden I tended. Afterward I’d sit on the porch, read poetry, work on my master’s thesis, write poetry—I even tried my […]

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Seeking Magic and Whimsy in 2018

By now the glitz and glitter of the holiday season are behind us, a time of brightly colored packages tied up with ribbons—but also a time of harried running around for many of us. Perhaps, now, we can pause. We can catch our breath. And we can look forward to another year on the calendar. […]

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Round 4: Intentions

Since my return from my trip to Germany in August, I’ve entered a period of quiet introspection. What direction do I want to go in my life? Am I on an authentic path that will allow me to drink from the wellspring of creativity? How do I define success, and how have I internalized society’s […]

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Sunday Summary: The Passion Test

I recently watched an interview with Janet Attwood, author of “The Passion Test: The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose.” In the interview, she cited a study that looked at a number of highly successful individuals in a search for common threads. And one that emerged was passion—all of these people were living their […]

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Why I write–and read–fantasy

Sometimes the world is so full of darkness that we need an escape–even if there’s a touch of darkness in that world we find ourselves drawn into. It’s especially nice to read a story in which characters overcome great odds, save the day, and live happily ever after. As J.R.R. Tolkien once said “Fantasy is […]

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5 inspirational writing quotes

I thought I’d kick off a new week—or end an old one—with a list of some of my favorite writing quotes. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section. (Quote images made at Quozio.)       Sunday ROW80 check-in: Writing: Finish a second draft of my novella “Good Old-Fashioned Magic.” Finished! Write […]

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Sunday ROW80 check-in

Over the years, I’ve come to accept that feelings like fear, anxiety, and doubt are part of the creative process. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of sharing our work with others…All of these feelings come and go. I recently discovered a great YouTube video about fear in our writing careers that I thought […]

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A letter to myself as a fledgling writer

Dear fledgling writer-self, What words of “wisdom” can I impart to you, now that I’m a bit further down the writer’s road? Perhaps, these… Read voraciously. Read like you did when you were a kid, devouring every book in sight like a ravenous werewolf. Have adventures—both on and off the page—because without adventure there’s no […]

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The Promise of Spring & ROW80 Check-In

Has spring arrived in your neck of the woods yet? Here, the daffodils are in full bloom and the buds are bursting on the trees. Spring holds the promise of renewal and rebirth, of transformation and new beginnings. And with that promise comes a sense of connection to the world around us, and to the […]

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Approaching the finish line!

I’m closing in on the home stretch of my WIP, “Good, Old-Fashioned Magic.” In fact, I’m hoping to finish it this afternoon! It looks like the story will weigh in at around 33-34K—a little longer than my original estimate of 30K, but not by much. Since I’m up to my eyeballs in story work, I’ll […]

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