Writing as Identity and Action

A long time ago I read something Kevin Smith said about how if you ever thought you might be a filmmaker, guess what: you are. I don’t remember how he said it exactly, but what I took away was that if you want to be a filmmaker, you have to both decide you are a filmmaker and, y’know, actually make films. I’m Read more about Writing as Identity and Action[…]

Reinvention, David Bowie, and Reinvesting Experience Into Creativity

Out of any characteristic I admire in people, it’s reinvention I tend to admire most. Adapting your work or your surroundings or your output in some way that honors where and who you have been and doesn’t lose sight of who you are at your core yet allows you to keep trying new things — Read more about Reinvention, David Bowie, and Reinvesting Experience Into Creativity[…]

After 12.5 Years in Nashville

It’s time. I’ve sold my car and a third of my belongings (and donated another third to Goodwill) and now I’ve sold my house and I’m officially on my way from Nashville to New York City. If my quick mental tally is anywhere close, I’ve moved at least 30 times. Four metropolitan areas in four states. Five metro areas if you Read more about After 12.5 Years in Nashville[…]

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Keep Calm and…

The variations on “Keep Calm and Carry On” got worn out and became repetitive and tedious some time back. (My own personal flavor is “Keep Calm and Pet a Kitty.”) But the message in the words taken from the original British wartime poster, now removed from the cultural context that may have made it relevant, don’t resonate with me Read more about Keep Calm and…[…]

Gaining Years and Remaining Relevant

I’m not a creature of routine, but I do frequent a particular coffee shop in my neighborhood, partly because the five-minute walk there and back is such a perfect length for getting out of my own head and feeling refreshed. But I decided to try out a different coffee shop this morning because I felt like it would Read more about Gaining Years and Remaining Relevant[…]

I’m Cooking; Keep Me Company

I’m not a very solitary person, which is funny since I work from home and end up spending a lot of time alone. But it’s one of the reasons I maintain a very active online presence; social media is a great outlet for my extroversion when my work requires me to be alone. And I can concentrate on Read more about I’m Cooking; Keep Me Company[…]


Sometimes You’ve Got to Run it Down to Charge Back Up

Throughout my career, I have always enjoyed working during the week or two surrounding Christmas and New Year’s, because typically it meant no one else was in the office and I got to focus. I never questioned any deeper why that time was so valuable to me. But in November 2012, five months after my husband had died, I was finding that pushing my Read more about Sometimes You’ve Got to Run it Down to Charge Back Up[…]

Thankful or Grateful?

In a private grief support group on Facebook, we had a recent discussion about the idea of Thanksgiving. A few of the participants said that they couldn’t imagine feeling thankful at this point in their lives. That idea struck me because, as I’ve previously written, my grieving process has been heavily colored by the idea of Read more about Thankful or Grateful?[…]