Category: writing

It might seem strange to label entries under “writing,” but you’ll find that I’m deeply in love with words, how they mingle and play with each other.

Follow me on the Knoxville Moms Blog

I recently started contributing to the Knoxville Moms Blog, the local sister site of the nationwide network called City Moms Blog. While we each live out our own story, motherhood is a great connector since many of our experiences overlap. My contribution speaks to parenting older kids, homeschooling, and adoption, though my posts aren’t necessarily limited to those topics. Below are my… Read more →

Nonfiction Piece Published

When my first byline was published, it was in the Chattanooga Times prior to its merging with the Chattanooga Free Press, and I was sixteen years old. I knew I wanted to be a writer early on, but it wasn’t until I saw my byline that I realized how strong and serious that desire was. Fast forward 23 years and I still… Read more →

One foot at home, one foot in the Abbey

It has been terrifically challenging to fold back into day-to-day life after three days at the Abbey. I know – the math of that statement doesn’t make sense. Three whole days versus my entire life? Nonsensical. And yet, that’s how I feel. Each day has been a careful step into what I hope will be my new normal. Less noise,… Read more →

Diary of a Retreatant: Showing Up

*This is the first in a series of posts about my experience at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Trappist, Kentucky, on July 22-24.  The idea to go to a monastery to write was not my own. Until a year and a half ago, I didn’t even know the place existed. But like many scenarios in the last three years, while on my… Read more →

Update on Novel No. 2

At least once a week, sometimes more, someone asks me, “So how’s your novel going?” Here are all the things I don’t say:  “It’s going really well! I’m so pleased with my work.” or “Oh, everything is just falling into place perfectly. I couldn’t be happier.” or “Every night is another chapter!” or “My character development is spot on and… Read more →

NaNoWriMo 2015 update

Despite all the distractions, like Jackson swallowing the wire from his braces, National Novel Writing Month is going very well. I’m close to 20,000 words and have reached the point in the story where the scene shifts from one place to another, we jump in time a bit, and horses come finally into play. It’s time to draw upon my visit to Franklin… Read more →

Big Magic for NaNoWriMo

On October 21, in the middle of a crazy busy week, Lesli, Susan, and I met in Nashville to attend an event on Liz Gilbert’s book tour for Big Magic. (Book review coming soon.) The night was an informal discussion between Liz and fellow novelist Ann Patchett. Their conversation centered around creativity – how it manifests and what to do with… Read more →

The things I wonder about at midnight

If I self-publish, does it mean I’m not good enough for traditional publishing? If I self-publish, does it mean I’m impatient? If I self-publish, does it mean I’m selling myself short? If I self-publish, does it mean I’m taking charge of my own work? If I self-publish, does it mean traditional publishing will never happen for me? If I self-publish,… Read more →

Writer nesting

It’s coming, and soon. That second novel is ready for attention. But before I withdraw to Scrivener and stream loud music through my ear buds to muffle the sound of my children, everything needs to be just so. Isn’t that what nesting is? That preparatory time when every nit-picky thing has to be tended to? Bookshelves aligned, desk cleared, crevasses dusted.… Read more →

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