December 29, 2012

“Once there lived a King, whose wife was dead, but who had a most beautiful daughter—so beautiful that every one thought she must be good as well, instead of which the Princess was really very wicked, and practised witchcraft and black magic, which she had learned fro...

June 18, 2012

I’ve been reading Dorothy Brande’s Becoming a Writer as part of my weekly craft reading.  In his introduction to the text, John Gardner writes that the problems facing new writers haven’t changed much from 1934 (when the volume was first published) to today.  There are...

April 16, 2012

I just finished The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp.  I’ve been reading it since late December. It started as a way of trying to go back to basics and establish a more positive routine.  


And though it’s been helpful in that regard and routine is the foundation of m...

March 19, 2012

If anyone asked me where I write, my answer would probably be: Elsewhere.


That might not be the kind of answer people are looking for.  They probably want a literal description of my writing space.  They want me to talk about the decor (pale blue wallpaper with a silve...

March 14, 2012

I’m sure most creatives are familiar with Elizabeth Gilbert’s TEDTalk. It’s become my creative touchstone. It’s been liberating to think of it somehow being “outside” of me – and anytime I find myself frustrated or stuck, I go back to this.

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