The Plunge

All too often in my life, I wade into unfamiliar water. I gingerly stick in a toe and inch my way in. It’s an agonizing way to get wet. And it isn’t just a problem in literal water. When it comes to change, I can be slow to jump in the deep end. But notContinue reading “The Plunge”

Writing Is The Best Therapy

I haven’t written a word since before Labor Day. It’s been more than four weeks since I’ve made the time to create amid the chaos of wedding planning, learning a new job and moving into a new house. For a writer to go a prolonged period without writing is like an athlete not training forContinue reading “Writing Is The Best Therapy”

The Life and Death of a Tomato

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Cicero For most of my life, I’ve lived in the desert, where what grows is sparse and inedible. Pine trees cling to the thin layer of rocky, volcanic soil. My family tried to grow a small garden in a barrel thatContinue reading “The Life and Death of a Tomato”

Airing Out

“I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.” – Sylvia Plath For nine months, I’ve kept a box sealed up in my apartment. I brought it with me from Arizona last summer. Inside, tucked in between old manuscripts and saved letters is a small, neat stack of rejections. Some came in the mail; most byContinue reading “Airing Out”

Lucky Thirteen

When I eventually retell the story of my life, I think that I’ll say that 2013 was the year that everything changed. The funny thing about stories is how the details vary with the telling. The exact words are misquoted, the specifics are glossed over, timelines are stretched or squeezed and the wrinkles in theContinue reading “Lucky Thirteen”

Second Blogiversary

All my days are running together. So much so that I completely forgot my blogiversary, which was on September 24. I’ve been blogging for two years; two crazy, great, life-changing years. This blog has seen me graduate from college, submit my first work for publication, travel to Guatemala, move from Arizona to Washington and takeContinue reading “Second Blogiversary”

The Writer Survives Unemployment

At some point in every writer’s life, you consider quitting your job to pursue your art. Talent will pay the bills, you think. But reason eventually catches up with you and you drag yourself back to the 9-to-5. Except for that one time you don’t. That morning you realize that it’s time to go forContinue reading “The Writer Survives Unemployment”

No Longer Homeless

Most people move in an orderly fashion: They pack their things (more or less neatly) into a truck, drive to a predetermined destination and unpack. That’s how normal people do it. I am not normal. Instead, I pack everything into a truck, drive it to the general area, unload it all into a car portContinue reading “No Longer Homeless”

One Week In Washington: My Obsession With Water

There is so much water. So much. It’s been seven days since I found myself in the mysterious, far away land that is the state of Washington and I think it’s slowly beginning to dawn on me that I’m staying. Will flew home on Tuesday and much of the early excitement has cooled off. IContinue reading “One Week In Washington: My Obsession With Water”

Getting Lost in Tacoma

I’ve always been good with directions. I can orient myself almost anywhere and I usually only need to go somewhere once to memorize the route. But my new home is proving more difficult to navigate. The city is more or less a grid, full of numbered streets that should be easy to figure out, yetContinue reading “Getting Lost in Tacoma”