Monday’s Mantra

October 21, 2013

So… What’s on the other side of your comfort zone? A dream, waiting to say hi? (Some options: Finally doing The Artist’s Way course to find a passion. Signing up for the National Novel Writing Month challenge. Doing something, just one thing, that’s been waiting patiently in the back of your mind, and seeing where […]

Paper: The Love Affair Continues

September 25, 2012

I love my iPad. It’s small, it’s cute, it’s light, it fits in my purse. When I first got the ‘Pad, we were inseparable. I read books on it with my Kindle app, I tried writing a novel on it (successfully!), and then I started keeping my morning pages on it. Morning pages are part […]

Writing, part 2: The “blank page” stage

January 18, 2012

I’ve taken a while to get back to this subject because I wanted to think very carefully about what to say. Which means I’ve been staring at a blank page for a while. This is NOT where all writing begins. It is, unfortunately, where some writing dreams end. You have an idea for a story. […]

Not Do WHAT For a Week?!

May 5, 2010

I’ve been on all sorts of diets, fasts, and abstentions. I went meatless, sugar-free (as I documented in this blog; rough, that one), low-fat, low-carb, no-carb. I’ve done without dairy and foregone fish. I’ve quit cigarettes, gone without alcohol, and even (ahem) been celibate for spiritual reasons. I got through it all with just enough […]

I Heart Week, Day 2: I Heart No-Brainers

March 2, 2010

Anything that makes my life easier works for me. And sometimes, the advice I read seems like something I might have thought of myself–if only I were a little saner and taking a breath every couple of minutes. Here are a few things I’ve found that have taken the pain out of thinking for me, […]