Waiting for the Doctor

Nothing makes me more humble than sitting in a tiny exam room at the clinic, waiting for the doctor to enter. Time expands. In the waiting room, there is an endless stream of people to probe and measure, diagnose and prescribe. We are all slowly floating along, vinyl tubes in a wide, slow river. I... Continue Reading →

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Bathtub Books

These days, I reduce, reuse and recycle books. I reduce by avoiding Amazon.com. If I can’t find a book I want at a local independently-owned bookstore, I think twice about the purchase. I reuse by giving away autographed books by local authors as auction items or door prizes at fundraisers. I borrow and return books... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo 2016: Your Novel, Your Universe

November is National Novel Writing Month! This is my fourth year participating. NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel or non-fiction book. Register and begin your book prep at NaNoWriMo.org. On Nov. 1, participants begin working toward the goal of writing at 50,000-word book by Nov. 30. One part writing... Continue Reading →

Preparing to Vote

I love voting. There’s something about walking into a polling place and showing my voter registration card, reciting my name and address and then going into a private space to cast my vote that is life affirming. Yes, I have this freedom. Yes, I have this voice. Yes, as a woman, I have this right.... Continue Reading →

the magic of giving away my stuff

Our church is having a sidewalk sale. I’ve been putting up flyers for it around Pine Level and Selma, so if you want to come, it’s Saturday, September 17 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 218 South Second Street in Smithfield, North Carolina. The parish did a similar sale a few... Continue Reading →

On Being a Literary Citizen

When my friend Barbara Presnell invited me to The North Carolina Writers Conference on July 29-30 in Greensboro, I didn’t want to go. I was still wallowing in rejections. How could I hold my head up among an assembly of the state’s leading writers, editors, publishers, educators and literary professionals? I forced myself to go,... Continue Reading →

My Julii Horribilis (My Horrible July)

July brought computer problems, a coup d’etat for my old printer, and more writer rejections. Three of them in one day. Stop! This, on top of the other rejections I’ve gotten for my writing since January 2016. I’ve been depressed for days. I even yelled at teenagers for throwing a soccer ball against a neighbor’s... Continue Reading →

Obstacles to Writing

I returned from the Looking Glass Rock Writers Conference with several goals in mind for this month: • Revise my short story • Select one short story and three poems to submit to a literary magazine • Read Marjorie Hudson’s short story collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas Then my new computer crashed. Josh at... Continue Reading →

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