Suffering and Creativity

Just hit up Google and you’ll find a million articles insisting that suffering and creativity go hand in hand. I know a lot of people disagree with this notion, but really, there are many examples of when someone under great duress created their masterpiece. Immediately, I think of the Russians, as they seem always to be most filled with good…

What would you write here?

There’s something so enticing about a clean slate, the option to start anew. Each season is a clean slate for me, a movement towards to the future. But sometimes, I actually stop and notice the present. I’ve passed by this sign, probably, a thousand times in the past decade, but today I stopped and took a photo. I thought to…

Book and Pattern Pairing: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain and the San Sebastian Revolutionary Cap

I had hoped to have this review available for you all by Wednesday, but life is busy when you’re entering the last quarter of your MFA (this is my last masters degree! I promise myself right now), beginning the first semester of the college classes you teach, assisting your high schooler with cyberschool set up, writing a new novel (which…

It’s As Good to Have Half-Finished Projects as It is to Have Half-Finished Books

Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should containĀ as much of what you do not know…Umberto Eco I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those knitter/crocheters (and writer/readers, for that matter) who begins a project and gets so freaking inspired by the work of it that I come up with another project. I get…