My Guest Blog Post on Kritter’s Ramblings

Inspirational Moments

The other day, I had a conversation with a writer friend of mine about those inspirational moments when a memory or a thought or an event suddenly causes us to want to find the nearest coffee shop to set up camp and start writing. In one of my creative writing classes at the University […]

September 15th, 2012|

My Guest Blog Post on The Random Thoughts of Crazy Mandy

So You’re Writing a Novel?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write! When I was young, I’d write poems and short stories—nothing more than a few pages. My first attempt at writing an actual book came in third grade with a children’s book called Misty’s Adventure. I even illustrated it. I wrote […]

September 13th, 2012|

My Guest Blog Post from Roxanne Kade’s Blogspot

The Dark Side of Montana

I was recently asked two of the same questions by a handful of different friends:  One, why is everything you write so dark? And, two, why do all of your stories take place in Montana? The answer to the second question is easy. I grew up in Montana, and although I’ve […]

September 12th, 2012|

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
In If You Come Softly, Jacqueline Woodson does a lovely job of introducing two young characters struggling to understand the dynamics of their own families—from divorced parents, to being an only child, to having a sister […]

September 10th, 2012|

My Guest Blog Post from Books Through the Garden Window

Why I Am Lucky Bird?

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write! When I was young, I’d write poems and short stories—nothing more than a few pages. My first attempt at writing an actual book came in third grade with a children’s book called Misty’s Adventure. I even illustrated it. I wrote […]

September 8th, 2012|

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – the former Dear Sugar for The Rumpus – is an extraordinary collection of some of the most poignant of letters written […]

September 3rd, 2012|

My Own Dear Sugar…a writing exercise…

Dear Sugar,

I need your help in how I can help my brother. I feel like I have my shit together…sort of…and I feel like I should have all the right advice for my older brother who’s in a terrible marriage. Brother (I won’t reveal his real name) is 40 years old, and he’s one of […]

September 2nd, 2012|