Ember Rumblings…At Last!

My Brethren Peeps– It’s been TOO damn long since I’ve come around here and blogged anything. And partly that was by design. (Partly it was due to laziness.) (Also partly due to starting a new business with my husband, an Argentinian food truck!) (Also partly…ok, nevermind, just kidding now!) But I’m back, and this year…

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Hitting The Flow & Emerging Patterns

Finding the flow state in any creative endeavor feels like hitting the jackpot. You can’t really plan on it, you can just keep striving toward it, putting in the time and effort hoping that it’ll pay off. And then WHAM–FLOW STATE. Time ceases. Things hang in the mix, clouds emerge, floating happens, stars twinkle, a distant cow moos. And then…

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Revising Resolutions

I used to be a pretty bad resolution-maker. Really, it was because I almost never made them. I don’t tend to make resolutions at the beginning of the year, because I’ll set and achieve goals continuously, throughout the year, throughout my life. But while I was living abroad in Chile with one of my best…

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The Slow Buildup

There must be some genetic process buried deep inside me, tiny ribbons of DNA that dictate my creative process. Something that I’m not aware of, something that unfurls, silent and swift, within the depths of my being to accomplish it’s goal. Even while I stuff my face with cheese cubes some nights, or drink wine…

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Filling Space: Looking at Pre-Edits

I’m knee-deep in revisions on my 2nd contracted novel, and I’m in the “pre-editing” stage. This is where I go through my manuscript and search out a wide variety of phrases that need to be changed, or eliminated altogether. Once this is done, my editor and I will begin the ACTUAL editing phase. To give…

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The Truth Behind #AmWriting

I won’t lie, I’ve hashtagged #AmWriting when I was doing everything BUT. Most times, it starts as an earnest attempt to begin writing that eventually gets hijacked by any number of unrelated activities. Let’s be real, the moment we sit down to write is when we notice all the accumulated dirt on the floor, or…

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