Submitting Short Stories for Publication–#AuthorToolboxBlogHop

This post is part of the monthly #AuthorToolboxBlogHop, where you can find a great cadre of writers sharing wisdom, tips, and inspiration. Check out these great writers! One year ago this month, I tentatively made my first four short story submissions to literary magazines. I'd done a little research and spent a little time, but... Continue Reading →

A Year's Long Blogging in Review

I've never had jet lag this bad before. I lie down. My mind is racing. I follow where it goes and end up in some kind of loop. The wind is howling mad outside. I get up, read. It's four a.m. Yesterday, I finally fell asleep at six. I slept til noon. Why this time?... Continue Reading →

Friends, Family, Rejuvenation

It's funny, the way a feeling can change in just a few days. Last week, I wrote about a bitter feeling towards this country, the overwhelming materialism, the dark history that stood out paramount alongside the undeniable beauty. On Tuesday, we flew onward to Wisconsin blanketed in a crusty snow. After a couple of restorative... Continue Reading →

Photos from Montana

America has been troubling. The consumer push is thicker than I ever remember, the pressure to buy big and often and right now. Things are far larger than they need to be. It's a difficult relationship, I think, that I've got to my home country. For moments I wish I had been born somewhere else.... Continue Reading →

A Quick Good Morning

We made it to Chicago in a quick burst of a day. An overnight in Bergen (you can't get a ferry down there earlier than noon, and with a flight taking off at ten--), a fifty-five minute run through Amsterdam. This morning I wake up in Chicago, the big city, the million voices, the land... Continue Reading →

The Bowl Split

I nipped into the ceramics room during my free block the other day, flipped the kiln on so the temperature would show--24 degrees. I flipped it off. I'd left my two bowls at the bottom of the kiln, quick glazed them up last week after five hours of oral exams, until at last I could... Continue Reading →

Morning Thank-yous

I didn't sleep well last night. Some kind of heartburn, that luckily I experience only rarely, kept jolting me awake, and water, an extra pillow, and antacid pills couldn't keep it still. So it is sometimes, these unexpected little annoyances of life, and today I am tired, and a bit frustrated with political machinations at... Continue Reading →

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