Virtual Camping for Writers

I live in a rural area in North Carolina; networking with writers involves driving to the next two larger towns or even the next county. So, for the month of July, I joined Camp NaNoWriMo, a virtual writing community that encourages writing 50,000 words in 31 days. The venture is sponsored by the same folks... 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 →

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 →

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 →

White Christmas

When you have an eating disorder, the holidays present a Halloween-to-New Year’s obstacle course. Now I’m facing a barrage of Christmas brunches, lunches and parties. My strategy is to avoid, bring healthy choices or order from the lite menu. If I bake, give it away. I’m also drinking more water and increasing workouts. That helps... Continue Reading →

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