writing

The other day my son said, "You know you've got a LOT of books on writing on your bookshelf. Have you read all of those?" Mostly, I told him. (He wasn't particularly impressed -- just astounded that I could stay focused for that long on reading books about putting words on paper.) And he doesn't even… READ MORE >>

I promised last week to write about deadlines. Sigh. I don't want to write about deadlines. I spent the last two months working toward two deadlines: an application for a project I would love to do and a fiction contest. I'm tired. And I'm scared. I'm scared the people reading my submissions will laugh. I'm… READ MORE >>

Wednesday Wonders

My biggest wonder this week was a winter walk to a nearby ravine. It was a cold and clear day with the sun hovering above the horizon like it does this time of year. Q and I often travel down this path to get ourselves out of the house and into whatever Vitamin D we… READ MORE >>

Fear and My Jury Duty

This month I had planned to write about fear and then jury duty happened to me. Again. This is not my first jury duty rodeo. Once when I was in my 20s, I got busy with school and did not read the newspapers or talk much with anyone about current events which made me the… READ MORE >>

This Sunday, I'll run my first organized 10k.  As I type this first very rough draft out my race is sitting before me like a growling dog on a porch. I want to reach out and pet her but I am afraid she might bite my hand off. But even if I fall flat on the… READ MORE >>

The Seahawks and the words in a story. The two don't seem to have much in common, but experiencing the buildup to the Superbowl within a few miles of Seattle's epicenter has me thinking of crazy connections. Many years ago I took a fiction writing class through the University of Washington. The instructor and the… READ MORE >>

Voiceless

"Hello," I croaked. I knew that the person on the other line could barely hear me, and I wondered why I'd bothered to answer the phone at all. Too late now. "Uh...is Philip Myton there?" said the receptionist from the clinic my husband uses. "No, he's not." I breathed more than spoke those words. I… READ MORE >>

In the motivational and educational world, people babble on about writing goals. I ask my students to think about their goals. I ask them to focus on success in their goals and picture what success looks like. We fill out papers that the state tells us we must and I try to infuse the classroom… READ MORE >>