Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Turning the Tables on a Bad Writing Day

Friday, October 11th, 2013

You can tell when it’s stacking up to be a bad writing day. You look at the list of non-writing stuff that needs to get done, throw up your hands and think, No possible way. Or the thought of whatever project you’re working on ignites that gnawing insecure feeling that hisses, YOU HAVE NO IDEA […]


The Healing Power of Fiction

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The best fictional characters are the ones we would be friends with if they weren’t so … you know … fictional. Not to say our favorite book-friends are perfect—their shortcomings are what make them intriguing. Their struggles become our struggles, as we hope, page after page, that they find some way through the morass of […]


Desperately Seeking Anne Tyler: Starting a Novel and Looking for Inspiration

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

I’m about to start writing a new novel and I’m slightly terrified. What makes it so gut-twisting scary? I really have no idea. I’ve done it before and survived without any noticeable scars. In fact, once I’d started it was rather pleasant. I love spinning a story, birthing the characters who will best tell it, […]


My Next Big Thing

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Thanks to my friend and Beyond the Margins co-blogger, Dell Smith, I’ve been invited to participate in an online literary blog called My Next Big Thing. The blog is a series of questions about my work-in-progress. Many national and international writers have participated. It gives readers a glimpse into the working life of a writer. […]


Where I Write: Authors on their Favorite—and Strangest—Work Places

Friday, December 21st, 2012

“Mom! Where are my cleats?!” This is not conducive to writing. Like interruptions to any work of focus, intrusions make the headlong forward motion of imagining a scene, dialogue, motive, setting, physical movement and internal turmoil grind to a screeching, asphalt scraping, brake-burning halt. Whether it’s emails, the ringing phone, or the work crew outside […]


Huntington’s Disease and the Friend Who Inspired The Shortest Way Home

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

I first met Sue Koehler when I was living in Seattle in the mid-1980s. We’d both been in the Jesuit Volunteer Corp—sort of a Catholic City Year—and had jobs working in homeless shelters. Both in need of a roommate, we shared an apartment for 2 years. I soon learned that Sue’s mother had Huntington’s Disease: […]


A Book in The Drawer … Right Where It Should Be

Friday, September 28th, 2012

I have a book in the drawer. Okay, it’s not in an actual drawer. It’s in a box with old tax documentation under my fax/scanner. I also have electronic copies stashed in several places. Not that it matters. It will never see the light of day. The Book in the Drawer is a phrase I’ve […]


When Bad Meditation Inspires Better Writing

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

I’ve tried meditation off and on since my twenties, and I love the concept: quieting the mental noise, clearing away the chatter for a period of time, inviting stillness. With four kids and their friends coming and going from our house like it’s a train station on the Green Line, meditation seems deliciously luxurious, like […]


Temporarily Kid-less, I Somehow Forget to Write

Monday, August 13th, 2012

I’d fantasized about it for months: the week when all three of my boys, ages 16, 12 and 10, would be at overnight camp. My 18-year-old daughter would be home, but this barely counts, since she’s gainfully employed, self-sufficient, and has a busy social life. I love my kids, but let’s be honest, a week […]


Audio Appreciation: An Interview with Narrator Michael Boatman

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Of all the roles you’ve seen Michael Boatman play, Italian female anarchist and Irish cop from Boston aren’t among them. And unless you’ve been living a television-free life for the past twenty some-odd years, you’ve definitely seen Michael Boatman. With feature roles in series like China Beach, Spin City, Law and Order and The Good […]