Finding writing inspiration this summer

Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” —Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty I love magazines, but I tend to hoard stacks and stacks of them until, even for me, it’s too much, and I force myself to donate or recycle. That happened yesterday, my deep woven basket that holds… Continue reading Finding writing inspiration this summer

writing in gratitude

One writing practice I did keep up in the last year was a weekly email to a friend. We had started writing every Sunday as a check-in, accountability email, and understanding the power of gratitude; we always ended each email with a short (3-5 item) gratitude list for that week. If I review the 52… Continue reading writing in gratitude

Firecakes and monkey bread

There is a communion of more than our bodies when bread is broken and wine drunk. And that is my answer, when people ask me: Why do you write about hunger, and not wars or love?” M.F.K. Fisher in ‘The Gastronomical Me’ I opened my first restaurant when I was eight in my parents kitchen.… Continue reading Firecakes and monkey bread

Collage to Inspire, Reduce Anxiety and Have Fun

I just finished my first collage for this packet work. When it was finished to my surprise I had another idea for a poem. In my relaxed state of cutting paper, arranging colors, words and pictures I let go of my anxiety. When facing a creative block or feeling stressed about your writing the urge… Continue reading Collage to Inspire, Reduce Anxiety and Have Fun

Just Keep Writing

Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it’s so hurtful to think about writing. Heather Armstrong, Keynote Speech, 2006Heather Armstrong’s Blog. As I’ve said before, if I don’t write my post in the morning I find it painful and difficult to write past 3:00 in the afternoon. I’ve found… Continue reading Just Keep Writing

Steeped in Sage and Onion

“There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn’t believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavor, size and cheapness were the themes of universal admiration. Eded out by apple-sauce and mashed potatoes, it was a sufficient dinner for the whole family; indeed, as Mrs. Cratchit said with great delight… Continue reading Steeped in Sage and Onion

Are Your Characters Too Real?

Rule one of reading other people’s stories is that whenever you say ‘well that’s not convincing’ the author tells you that’s the bit that wasn’t made up. This is because real life is under no obligation to be convincing.Neil Gaiman I have met many characters in my years of restaurant work…some I have tried weaving… Continue reading Are Your Characters Too Real?

Cracking the pie crust secret code

Writing is like walking in a deserted street. Out of the dust in the street you make a mud pie.John le Carre I am returning this otherwise good typing paper to you because someone has printed gibberish all over it and put your name at the top. ~English Professor (Name Unknown), Ohio University Three rejections… Continue reading Cracking the pie crust secret code