Are you scared of the Ghost with the Most? So scared you won’t even say his name? So scared you flinch a little when a friend says it? I get it. When I was a kid, I thought Bumpelstitlskin (as we’ll call him for safety’s sake) lived in my basement. I could not for the…… Continue reading The 3 Things Barbara Maitland Being a Badass Fairy Godmother Can Teach You About Being a Better Storyteller
Start with familiar person, place, or thing. A young woman came into the bookstore where I work looking for some sort of guided workbook that show her different poetic forms and give her room to try them out, see what fit. Not idea prompts. Form prompts. Be still, my heart. There are lots of guided…… Continue reading Advice for a Poet in Search of Their Voice
A show I like is drawing to a close and I’m done holding back all the thoughts. Next week Criminal Minds will air an episode called “Truth or Dare” in which J.J. and Spencer will be held hostage and J.J. will be forced to reveal a shocking secret. Fans of these two couples (shippers or not)…… Continue reading Fan Theory: J.J. Blames Herself for Maeve’s Death
Meet me on Instagram and let’s hold each other accountable with all the things. I’ve always had trouble getting things done. On accident, I discovered in high school (and a little in college) that the inherent accountability of study hall was extremely helpful. A designated time of day/week where people gather to get things done?…… Continue reading Morning Writing. Afternoon Homemaking.
Learn to make a fair trade. You walked into my store (with your very cute glittery cat shirt) and left your mother browse the chapter books and young adult books for you while you chair-hopped til you found the comfy one in view of the register. Mistake one. You could have been bonding with your mother (who…… Continue reading Advice for a Young Cat-Lover Who Writes
Oh the futility of avoiding your work because of what someone else might do with it! I am an unabashed fan of Criminal Minds. Unabashed enough to admit that I leapt out of bed this morning when I remembered that last night’s episode was now available to view online and that I skipped a bit of my…… Continue reading If Not Your Book, Then Someone Else’s
It felt like a poem when I wrote the words and so I will put it to the test. The world being round, continents can only drift so far apart before they must drift back towards each other, and — however slowly that eventuality takes — the resulting reunion is more than enough to both…… Continue reading Might This Instagram Post Be a Poem?