“Setting Quiet Pages Free”: Round 3 ROW80 Wrap-Up

Well, Round 3 of ROW80 is at an end. I can’t say I finished everything I set out to accomplish, but here’s what I managed: Finished a second draft of my novella Called by Magic Started a first draft of a novel, The Hedgewitch and the Wolf Just under halfway through a second, expanded draft […]

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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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Take a hike. Get a life: Goal overload, chatter, and the creative self

The world is a noisy place, full of car horns, ambulance sirens, voicemails, and endless chatter. Some people thrive on the chatter; for me, too much information makes my brain hurt. I cultivate places of stillness in my life where walls of silence keep the chatter at bay. Without those walls, the creative parts of […]

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Singing to the Muses: Pearl and the Beard

I recently saw a band that inspired me as a writer, not just because their songs roused my inner storyteller, but because they take risks as artists: Pearl and the Beard. What they’re doing is so unique, and I’ve always admired artists who follow their medium, dedicate themselves to their craft, and make it shine. […]

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