I’m often asked what it’s like to be a writer — how I spend my days, how I experience the world. And so I will be sharing occasional essays from the front lines of my writing life. Enjoy! Here’s Joe. He’s hitting the ball. He’s having fun. Where’s Beth? She’s back in their small apartment, trying to fold laundry while attending to her newborn. She has been trying to fold laundry for hours, but her baby cries and poops and […]
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We are all pilots — autopilots. We fly, as we live, according to our habits. Some habits are good. They are the shorthand of our everyday lives. Without them, we would waste lots of time and would most certainly get to work late. Can you imagine if you woke up and first had to figure out what to do and how to do it? Take shaving, for example. Unless you are a novice, you do […]
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I don’t miss being younger, experiencing the rough stuff of youth. The fears and tears of pimples and unrequited love, the not knowing what to say or wear, or who I would be when, at some distant time and place, I’d be all grown up. Grown up. An interesting term…
“Organizing” is often another word for procrastinating. Here is a truly quick and simple way to tame your writing projects with one of my favorite things in the world: file folders!
On-the-go writers, you don’t have to make do with the back of a receipt and a pen you found in your glovebox. Especially for longer trips, these portable project solutions will ensure you can work as comfortably and confidently as you do at home.
I would like to thank the sun for coming through my window this morning, casting strips of shadows through the blinds and onto the floor. They were the ladder rungs I used to climb out of bed and into the bathroom.
A desk that fits in your backpack means you always have a firm writing surface and you need never leave your post-its behind. A writer’s guide to the portable office, part III.
My husband and I are making a cake. Open before us is the bible for lost souls: the Joy of Cooking. Across the countertop are the requisite ingredients (flour, sugar, baking soda and powder, eggs and salt) and various implements of destruction (measuring cups and spoons). The Joy (ha!) of Cooking makes clear the precise measurements and order of ingredients. It states, “Deviation brings disaster.”