To step onto land unfamiliar is to invoke a kind of magic. It’s a magic of expansion—of the mind, of the spirit, of the air in my lungs too long compressed by stillness. It’s a magic of discovery, of anticipation. It’s a magic of hope. As I step onto that land, I pause, feeling for […]
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12 Things Writers Should Never Tell Themselves
It’s still January. Yes, that longest of months (187 days, by my count) is still with us, dragging its heels through the snow like a remorseless kid being towed to the principal’s office. During January (and its partner in crime, February) it’s easy to give in to cold, dark days. Cold, dark thoughts. Cold, dark […]
How Can Unique Lives Be So Universal?
There was a mountain lion in our neighborhood a week ago, and apparently she was in heat. Yeah, that’s a sentence I never dreamed I would type. But now that I live in Colorado, I find that many of my conversations involve animals I have, until recently, most often encountered on TV. We’re only 45 […]
Not a Back-Burner Day
I have few hours and many projects today. I’m working on two medical writing assignments, I’m teaching a junior high class about writing and settings, and I’m overdue for a blog post. It’s a simple fact that my creative writing must stay on the back-burner today. So what did I just do? I wrote a […]
Words, Ideas, Fireworks, and Other Powerful Forces
By Kelley Lindberg Today we’re celebrating the 4th of July. Usually, if we spend any time at all considering why we are celebrating this holiday, we think of the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence. But this year, July 4 falls the day after the 150th anniversary of the Union victory at […]
Why Do I Write?
by Kelley Lindberg Why do I write? That’s an interesting question, isn’t it? And one we’ve all asked ourselves at some point or another, I’m sure. Is there a correct answer to that question? I doubt it. Writing means different things to different people. And more than that, it can mean many different things to […]