As my creative workshops are wrapping up, I’m gearing up for the copy writing and marketing writing classes I’ve signed up for at UC Berkeley. I’ve always taken extra classes, despite already having degrees. I think of them as refreshers, as keeping current and as a touchstone to ensure that my work is the best…Read more »
Sometimes, the more I care for something, the less I want it exposed to the scrutiny of others. Generally, that’s the point for me when I have to put the piece away for a while – almost until I forget about it a bit – and revisit when I’m not quite as invested. Then, that’s…Read more »
I worked as an editor once. This was back when a career in publishing still felt possible. First I was assistant, then coordinator at successive academic houses directly connected to my alma matter. After a couple of years of that I made the jump to freelance copy-editing. Freelancing was interesting and challenging. I had this…Read more »
Those who know me know that I have more than one creative interest. In fact, I’ve written and illustrated a children’s book (still in revisions), I paint, draw and craft. And as much as I love and need to do these activities, they result in less time writing, which means less time working, which means…Read more »
As you walk home you see the street lights pop on and hear the drops hit your umbrella fabric. The world feels peaceful and quiet. You pause on the bridge to admire the quickening stream and come face to face with a troll!
A few years ago I read John Gardner‘s “The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers.” In that book, Gardner referenced another book by Brenda Ueland – If you Want to Write. I skimmed the book, but was full of Gardner‘s ideas and methods and anxious to apply them, such that I didn’t really…Read more »
A loud noise wakes you from a deep sleep. Your investigation leads you to the back porch. Flicking on the light reveals dozens of gnomes!