Songstresses, Storytellers, and A Sunday Summary

Recently, while sitting in a coffee house (of all places), I heard this beautiful, sweet, simple song called “When You’ve Got Trouble.” I loved it immediately, so much that I Googled the lyrics to find out who the artist was. It turned out to be Liz Longley, and I bought Liz’s album “Hot Loose Wire.” […]

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How to Decorate a Bookshelf

If you’re like me, your house is full of books. My end tables are stacked with them, and my apartment is home to quite a few well-stocked shelves of books. But even with our own personal libraries, we can still take time to add some unique flair to our bookshelves. Here are a few pointers […]

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Confessions of a self-actualization junkie:

Some people want to climb the corporate ladder. Me? I just want to get to the top of Maslow’s pyramid-shaped hierarchy of needs. Maybe it all started in psych 101, the first time I saw that pyramid. The truth is that I’ve always wanted to become the best possible version of myself, ever since I […]

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Ye old writing debate: “Literary” vs. “Genre”

Today, I couldn’t help but thinking about the old “us vs. them” mentality that permeates our society. I find it virtually everywhere I look, much to my dismay. It feels like whatever the issue, people are lined up on both sides of the line. Sometimes, it’s just silly. There are the iPhone people and the […]

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Books that surprise you:

What is the last book that you read that really, really surprised you? Maybe it ended differently than you expected. Maybe it went down a path you didn’t even notice was there. Perhaps it startled you with its intensity or its strangeness. Or maybe it humbled you. When we experience these kinds of stories, whether […]

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Wondrously formed:

“I have found when I tried or looked deeper inside/ What appears unadorned might be wondrously formed.” ~ Carrie Newcomer, “Geodes” I reached a point today in revising where the story just opened up; it let me in. I always talk about finding the heart of the story, the place where it sings. I caught […]

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Do you become a poet? Or are you born one?

A friend recently posted a blog entry about poetry. Is it a learned skill or a gift with which some of us are just innately blessed? she asked. I started responding to her entry as a comment and realized that, instead of taking up space in her comments section, I would write a more in-depth […]

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High art vs. Low art:

A recent blog post by literary agent Rachelle Gardner got me thinking about finding purpose as writers. Not in a higher-power sense, but in a more pragmatic way. Are we out there to sell, writing with a strong commercial bent? Or are we telling our heart’s truth—even if that means we reach a smaller group […]

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The Magic and the Writing

Like the old chicken-or-the-egg conundrum, sometimes I don’t know which came first: the magic or the writing. Was the magic born of storytelling, or did the storytelling spring forth from the soil of spirit, from the earth and ground where I first found a deeper self? Once, there was a small knoll that served as […]

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