The Beauty of Balance in Memoir

It’s hard to explain in a sentence why I was so hurt. My bedroom was a crime scene. Pinky, my 49 year-old stuffed rabbit, had been taken from her shelf of honor by my cat, her throat ruthlessly slashed, and her innards splayed all over my bedroom floor. I was crushed....

The Inner Critic Antidote

“You’re so stupid. You’ll never succeed. I can’t believe you thought anyone would be interested in what you have to say.” When you hear these words, you know what they are, right? Emotional abuse. Plain and simple. I know all about emotional abuse. My one and only...

A Discarded Piece from PIECES of ME

What do you call the stuff an editor cuts from your book? Lost footage or wordage? Outtakes? I was knee deep in the most recent edits when I realized one of the main characters was all but stripped away. A darling that author Anne Lamott would describe as being killed...

Plans and Projects in Spring

Spring is the time of plans and projects. -Leo Tolstoy Just a super-quick update on what’s got my time and attention these days. I’ve been working on a last round of edits for my manuscript and writing a series of essays for publication before and just after my...

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