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News Break: Publication in the Marathon Literary Review

I want to pause my series on Habits to Feed the Creative Soul, and announce that a short story of mine, "The Juniper Bushes," was recently published in the Marathon Literary Review! I'm so proud of this story, and delighted that it found a home with Marathon Literary. Click here to check it out! (Photo… Continue reading News Break: Publication in the Marathon Literary Review

Habits to Feed the Creative Soul Part 3: Tactile Creativity

What is feeding my creative soul? I’ve been asking myself this a lot recently. After a season of busyness, following a year and a half of general uncertainty, it’s especially hard to get back in touch with what truly nourishes the soul. But there are some habits I’m working on over the next few months… Continue reading Habits to Feed the Creative Soul Part 3: Tactile Creativity

Habits to Feed the Creative Soul: Taking Note

What is feeding my creative soul? I've been asking myself this a lot recently. After a season of busyness, following a year and a half of general uncertainty, it's especially hard to get back in touch with what truly nourishes the soul. This process is honestly terrifying; it's easy enough to say you'll start a… Continue reading Habits to Feed the Creative Soul: Taking Note

Craft: Why is Fiction Important?

When I was younger, I thought the only books worth reading at all were fiction books. After all, who wants to waste their time not being swept up in another world? What's the point of reading if you can't suspend disbelief and experience a different reality? I assumed all nonfiction books were either dusty trade… Continue reading Craft: Why is Fiction Important?

News: Publication in the Watershed Journal

I'm so happy to announce that my work has been recently published in the Spring 2021 issue of The Watershed Journal! My short story, "The Lunch," describes a scene between a young woman and her father, in the wake of a family upheaval. The piece touches on themes of forgiveness, shame, and coming of age… Continue reading News: Publication in the Watershed Journal

Fiction: Visiting the Carnegie Museum of Art (and Natural History)

When you were eight, you brought your throwaway camera. You took pictures of the dinosaur skeletons, the big mirrored room of rocks and crystals, the temporary exhibit of fine jewelry, where the security guard told you photos were not allowed, and your face got bright red in embarrassment, and you slipped the camera in your… Continue reading Fiction: Visiting the Carnegie Museum of Art (and Natural History)

Craft: Writing Like a Four-Year-Old

On a recent reread of Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which led to a massive reevaluation of my life priorities and six bags of stuff being sent to the thrift store (but that's another story), I came across an interesting piece of advice. If you're familiar with the book at all, you… Continue reading Craft: Writing Like a Four-Year-Old

Craft: Writing Characters as Human People

I’ll be honest: I’m a little woo-woo when it comes to developing a fictional world. This is to say that, in my mind, the story exists apart from me; it floats around in the ether, until somehow we are acquainted, and it becomes my job to write it. The author Shannon Hale describes writing a… Continue reading Craft: Writing Characters as Human People