Day 2: Once Upon a Story

My roots as a writer can be traced to fairy tales. In fact, in our stack of books we had this very volume. I loved them all and pored over the illustrations. I was an only child for six years, so I had imaginary friends. My Barbies never stayed inside. They climbed trees with me … Continue reading Day 2: Once Upon a Story

A is for The Abyss

Celebrating the A to Z Blogging Challenge with quotations on the writing life. There are no words to express the abyss between isolation and having one ally. It may be conceded to the mathematicians that four is twice two. But two is not twice one; two is two thousand times one... G.K. Chesterton Encouragement is … Continue reading A is for The Abyss

The power of the “Atta Girl”

You know what? As a teacher of fiction writing I don't exactly tick all the boxes. I procrastinate when grading papers. I change my mind about assignment deadlines. I don't have written lecture notes. My pasted-together "textbooks" are so fat they're laughable, being stuffed with quotations and articles. That other people have written, not me. … Continue reading The power of the “Atta Girl”

C.S. Lewis had it Write

Reading C.S. Lewis is like having coffee with a friend who is really smart. And very, very well read. A thinking Christian, Lewis is profound, articulate and, at the same time, quite down to earth. What he says in a few words is a lot. Here are some of my favorite Lewis quotes about writing: … Continue reading C.S. Lewis had it Write