A Path to Publication, pt 10: Kicking open the creaking door

At this past Saturday's conference of the League of Vermont Writers, keynoter David Dobbs encouraged us to kick open every door that creaks. This metaphor has been a repeating one in my life lately and I have been knocking on several. What I didn't expect was for some of these doors to not only creak, … Continue reading A Path to Publication, pt 10: Kicking open the creaking door

A Path to Publication, part 8: When the Censors come a-knocking

You can invite them in for a moment, but then shoo them out saying: Thank You. Don't let the door hit ya on the way out. Today is not a good day as far as my book goes. Last week I finished one step of the editing process (re-reading and making notes) and could not … Continue reading A Path to Publication, part 8: When the Censors come a-knocking

The Path to Publication, part 7: Brewing questions

What is it ABOUT? It's been almost exactly a year since my graduate thesis and creative project was approved by my advisors. It has had time to mellow. Or ferment? Was I afraid it had fermented so much that it would explode when I took it from its box buried in the closet? What on earth … Continue reading The Path to Publication, part 7: Brewing questions

A Path to Publication, part 1: It isn’t about publication

You know what scares me? Publishing my book. No, let me rephrase that. You know what DID scare me? Yup, until a week ago, the idea of going through the process of getting my book published gave me chills. It seemed a Mount Everest of Unknowns, with only the guarantee of the frost-bite of Rejection … Continue reading A Path to Publication, part 1: It isn’t about publication

The W.O.R.D.S. Project: Calling (Or, how do I know my bliss?)

The W.O.R.D.S. Project (Words Open Resonating Depths of the Sacred): A weekly alphabetical search for questions.* Can you hear the calling of your soul? And are you really listening? Listen, listen with your heart, Listen with your breathing In, and your breathing out. Notice how your body feels when Guiding words vibrate within. "It was … Continue reading The W.O.R.D.S. Project: Calling (Or, how do I know my bliss?)

W.O.R.D.S.: Belief (or What is the definition of love?)

The W.O.R.D.S. Project (Words Open Resonating Depths of the Sacred): A weekly alphabetical search for questions.* Belief in a life lived is all I need, because Every day is a leap of faith. Living in unity with the All, Invites me to believe in Trust. Envisioning the path on which I walk Forwards my Wholy … Continue reading W.O.R.D.S.: Belief (or What is the definition of love?)

Envision your Future and Fear Not

In March 1997 (I was 25), I wrote in my journal: When I peer into an undated future (maybe 10 years)… I see myself in my own home, married… I never think of myself working [outside the home], no I’m writing… in a sunny room with birds singing outside the window… In a blog post … Continue reading Envision your Future and Fear Not

Wise Women Speak: 1.22.13

Above all, don’t fear difficult moments, the best comes from them. Rita, who passed away at 103 Are you a Wise Woman? Inspired by a recent gathering of Wise Elders where a 75 year-old great-grandmother shared this life wisdom with us younguns: “Remember to Laugh!,” for my 2013 blog project I plan to share the … Continue reading Wise Women Speak: 1.22.13

Tolerating Fear

This is a recycled post from a couple of years ago. With summer in full , hot swing, the kids are home most days of the week leaving me very little chance to write (the beach and my laptop aren't great friends). I am yearning to write but when I do have a moment I … Continue reading Tolerating Fear

When opportunity knocks… and hands you a gift

Yesterday I received a card through the mail. Inside was a magnet that read: "When opportunity knocks don't be the one who says, 'Can somebody get that?'" This gift was from Kay Adams, founder and director of the Center for Journal Therapy, and it represents a bigger gift which she gave me when she called out … Continue reading When opportunity knocks… and hands you a gift