Residency review: Elsewhere Studios

In July, my family and I were honored to participate in the inaugural Parent Residency month at Elsewhere Studios. An interdisciplinary residency, Elsewhere is tucked in the tiny Colorado town of Paonia, overflowing with artistic inspiration and support. I was at a point in my writing where I needed to step outside of my work–and…Continue reading Residency review: Elsewhere Studios

Revising a revision strategy, part 2: Characters

This week, I’m interrogating my characters.   I finished examining my novel’s scenes last week. It was both dispiriting and energizing to find SO MANY areas for opportunity, but the exercise allowed me to sort where my novel as a whole is strong and where it needs more work–and how exactly I might improve it.…Continue reading Revising a revision strategy, part 2: Characters

On the mend

Pain management certainly takes a lot of time & energy. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been navigating a fractured, infected tooth, which felt like a knife in my jaw, and a subsequent root canal-turned-ugly-tooth extraction. The dentist said the poor thing was too far gone to save and had to be broken apart…Continue reading On the mend

First rejection of the year

Celebrate rejection, right? It means we’re trying. via GIPHY TRYING, not crying. No, really, it was actually a positive rejection (writer friends, you know what I mean). The magazine had rejected one of my two poems right away, but the other one they held onto…for 6 months. As a poetry editor, I know that sometimes…Continue reading First rejection of the year

Coping mechanisms

When I’m stressed out about events beyond my control, I tend to make stuff. Over the past couple weeks leading up to today’s inauguration, I have: 1. Finished a first draft on a new kidlit novel 2. Knitted a Pussyhat for my sister-in-law planning to attend a Women’s March tomorrow Me modeling the Pussyhat. 3. Made my…Continue reading Coping mechanisms