The Table

In 2019 I bought a new dining room table. At the time I bought it mostly to make it easier to host Creative Nights, something I used to hold at my house every other Friday night, for a number of creatively inclined co-worker friends. These friends would gather and talk and drink and write and …

Mistakes

I shouldn't be grouchy about responding to any of these prompts, because I wrote many of them, and I think I wrote this one (Andrea [my Writerly partner-in-crime] -- please correct me if I'm wrong. And if so, you're in trouble. jk, jk). I don't like making mistakes. I spent last night thinking about (worrying, …

Closed Room

How do you write about something you don't want to talk about? Except, you DO desperately want to talk about it. Because not talking about it means you have barred the door to a room of your life. Barred the door and tried to walk away and forget about it. But-- Say the door you …

Memory and Change

Think Kit, Day Two! Still excited. Still blogging on not my computer. Today's prompt is straightforward: I am to tell you about a time this year that I changed my mind. Possible problem: I don't change my mind! (Not publicly. Not in a way I'd ever admit to. I'd find a way to back into …

Walking

The summer after my sophomore year of college, I went home. That seems unremarkable to say, but the previous summer, I had gone home, but for only the briefest moment, and only so that I could gather up my pertinent belongings and depart again. Not to return to college but to head to Walcamp in Illinois …

Reminders and Restarts

It has been a week of rejuvenation, and this makes sense, if we are taking our hint from the natural world. My garden has been¬†fluffing itself up with coral bell, columbine, butterfly bush, Russian sage, yarrow--they are filling out and filling up their respective beds. A half-dead azalea bush that I bought for something like …

Drug Salesmen

"I'm not a drug salesman. I'm a writer." "What makes you think a writer isn't a drug salesman?" --Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle