Walking on Earth

Yesterday I finally discovered how far I would walk in one day if nothing external stopped me. Usually there are constraints: companions, schedules, bad weather. But yesterday held none of those. After 35,000 steps (about 13 miles), my feet became a constraint. The...

Three-Day Artist’s Date

Many years ago I did The Artist’s Way – a self-guided program to tap into your creative potential. I found it challenging but transformative in the way I viewed myself as an artist and approached my work. One of the pillars of The Artist’s Way is ”Morning Pages”...

May I have the envelope please…

I opened the envelope and I now know where I’ll be going tomorrow morning. Now I just need to pack! I lived in my parents house through college, then with a roommate for a short while, and with my husband since then. I’ve never lived alone and I am not...

Thresholds

I haven’t opened the envelope yet. The one that reveals where I will be road tripping and what I will be doing starting Monday morning. Partly because, as you can see, it is guarded by the gatekeeper. But the primary reason is one I’ve been fascinated by...

Pack up and go…

I’m going on a solo road trip. I literally have no idea where I’m going or what I’ll be doing. And I won’t know until I open this envelope. I’ve never been a road trip person. Or a car person. Cars are for getting from one place to...

Fairytale Friday: Bread & Death

They awoke floating in a warm nutrient bath. They had, as yet, no notion of how long they had been sleeping or what their new home would be like, but they must have arrived. They all rejoiced. The first order of business was to build strength. More nutrients poured...

The Man Who Spoke Snakish, review

I love to read and write fantasy, but I’m so tired of the default to the same tropes over and over. Worlds that sprout from the forehead of Tolkien or George R. R. Martin? Been there. Youths with unknown powers and epic destinies? Read that. Kings, princesses,...

What Pinocchio knows about being real

People often ask me why I’m so fascinated by Pinocchio. I’ve written a play and now, a novel about him. The original story ends when he gets his wish to be a real boy, and the assumption that he will live happily ever after. But it’s a funny thing...

The Midnight Library – Review

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig is a slow book. And I mean that in the best possible way. It unfolds its pleasures and sorrows a petal at a time, leading you towards an end you can see is inevitable and yet still not want to miss a step of the journey there. At the...

The Tyranny of Fitness

When I was suffering from writer’s block, I found a great solution: commit to a Minimum Viable Daily Action (MVDA) for 100 days. I set the bar low (open the damn file and make one edit) and easily surpassed it because what I really needed to do was just start. I...