The Act of Noticing

For years I had been in the habit of carrying a notebook. A catch-all where I collected bits and pieces of things that interested me — quotes, observations, facts — all notations that begged me to return to them. Then I read The Memoir Project, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life, written by Marion Roach […]

First Woman to Sleep on Mt. Shasta

For those who don’t know, my mother died this past May. Among other things, I inherited her writing–my mother was a beautiful writer. What my mother was not, is organized. As I have sifted and sorted through the boxes over the past few months, invariably I come across something that has nothing to do with […]

Writing in the Internet Age

In her new book, Still Writing, Dani Shaprio, shares countless beads of wisdom for writers, among them this is one of my favorites: “Sit. Stay there. It’s hard—I know just how hard—and I hate to tell you this, but it doesn’t get easier. Ever. Get used to the discomfort. Make some kind of peace with […]