As I pack books, I’ve been mulling a question that stumped me on my Lake & Prairie Book Tour last summer. I had just given a presentation and read from my memoir, The Same Moon, in front of a packed house — at least 90 percent friends and family — at my hometown bookstore, the Fargo Zandbroz. Having lived in Washington state for 18 years, … Continue reading Influencers
Writing in times of stress can be cathartic. This writing prompt suggests finding a story in something you can actually touch. Continue reading Write Your Story: Things
Now that the final edits have been submitted to my publisher … I’m excited to announce that my memoir, The Same Moon, is scheduled to be published in 2019! It’s the story of a young woman from Minnesota who tries to put her life on hold by running off to Japan for a couple of years. (As you might imagine, it didn’t exactly work.) Sometimes … Continue reading The Same Moon — coming in 2019!
Here is a quote that poet Alicia Ostriker shared during an AWP 2012 panel discussion titled “God at Every Gate.” From the Talmud: It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task; neither are you free to relinquish it. These are words that comfort and exhort. Hearing them, I felt some peace — both as a writer and a parent. I hope you do … Continue reading For those doing heavy lifting