An Entirely New Annex In Me

Posted April 8th, 2014

New Annex

A while ago, I invited two trusted souls to my pirate ship to listen to me read aloud some of my writing. The idea was to create an experience for which I needed to write. Something. Anything, really. I just needed to write. So I asked for help and they came like the best of friends do. I read them two new pieces I had […]

If You’re Stuck, Think Sappy Thoughts

Posted February 28th, 2014

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I’ve come to thinking of this time of year as my “season of UN”. UNfinished. UNresolved. UNrelenting. UNruly. UNderestimate. UNder the weather. UNsure. Unprecedented. Undecided. It’s the time of year where I feel most ripe with ideas and possibilities and promises. At the same time I feel least motivated to do anything about it. Yea, unfortunate combination. It is, by definition, the experience of “stuck”. […]

Authorizing Myself

Posted January 28th, 2014

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I spent most of yesterday shopping for validation. I didn’t realize it at the time. But it’s so clear to me now. And embarrassing to admit, but we’re among friends here, right? So I’m just going to put it out there. Truth be told, what I really mean when I say “validation” is “permission”. Shit, that stings to write that word out loud. It goes […]

Letting “Enough” Be

Posted October 29th, 2013

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I surprised the shit out of myself a couple weeks ago. I did something I never thought I’d be able to do, which left me giddy and feeling lighter than air. I threw out all of my notebooks – all seventeen of them – from my graduate school. In the garbage. Now, for anybody that knows me – you know what a big deal this […]

A Noble Goodbye

Posted October 22nd, 2013

All Saints Day

I’ve been thinking a lot about death these days. It’s not a totally unusual experience for me, especially now. This is, after all, the “waning” time of year – the season of the crone – where we put our gardens to bed, give thanks for gifts received, and have the urge to gather our loved ones closer to home and hearth. I’m also a Scorpio, […]

Winnowing

Posted October 8th, 2013

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I slept horribly last night, and not for lack of trying. It happens when I’m approaching a creative jag, most commonly around the equinoxes in spring and fall. I know I’m not alone in this pattern – I work with enough writers to know this is the blessing and the curse of the creative mind: very little sleep ultimately yields fully formed thoughts and pages […]

Touchstones

Posted October 1st, 2013

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As is my ritual, I take a moment at the end of every month and reflect on what just happened – for me, in the context of what my clients are experiencing, or what I’m noticing happening in the world at large. It’s my way of making sense of  it all. And slowing down. Some months, my reflection is driven by a “WTF!?” need to […]

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