The Gravedigger’s Guild Cover Reveal

Two sisters have one last chance to lay the past to rest. I’ve been so excited to share this cover with you- my husband Pete took a lot of care with getting it just the way I wanted it. And I think it looks fantastic! I wanted the peonies to feature prominently as well as […]

Four Common Writing Problems & How I Deal With Them

This week, I cheered as a team of four U.S. astronauts launched into space aboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule for a journey to the International Space Station for the first time since 2011. This journey came after years of intense preparation and research and included an unusual companion: a Baby Yoda doll. (I’m a huge […]

4 Reasons Why I Chose To Get An MFA In Creative Writing

I chose to get an MFA in Creative Writing for a lot of reasons, not all listed here. You may not share these reasons and that’s OK. We have different lives and different ways of thinking. And there are many paths along the writing life. Mine certainly isn’t definitive, even though I immensely enjoyed my […]

8 Things I Do To Make Myself Happier

“Act the way you want to feel.” I touched on this in an earlier Instagram post, but my emotions have an outsized effect on my relationships and productivity. One of the biggest things I’ve caught myself saying a lot is “I just don’t feel like…” The sentence that follows can be anything from the benign: […]

Midsummer Sonnet – An Instagram Poetry Challenge

The number of “poor sonnets” I’ve written is… not going to be numbered here. Mainly because I don’t know. Also because I like sonnets and I’m a little ashamed that I murder them so regularly. This Shakespearean sonnet on the other hand, I kinda like. One of my favorite InstaPoets @thedancingink put out a recent […]