Weekly writing update – Nov. 5, 2017: Rollercoasters

In the writing update video I recorded on Friday, I seem very happy about my productivity and progress this week. And I should be. I got some good stuff done that is helping me move forward. That’s great. What I totally forgot to mention in the video was the bottomless pit I stumbled into early…

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 29, 2017: just hanging in there

There’s something that happens inside me when I get sick with an illness that makes me horribly tired. Some part of my emotional self thinks I’m 17 again and newly stricken with Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrom and Fibromyalgia. I still remember that April. I thought I was ill with a cold or flu-like thing….

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Weekly writing update – Oct. 13, 2017: Progress is progress

Well, I got stuff done this past week. Was it enough? Who knows. It was something, though, and that really is better than nothing. I always want to do more than is reasonable to accomplish. Sometimes I can. And other times I have to settle for mere-human amounts of productivity. Given that I’ve published five…

Doing kindness in my own way

Growing up, I was one of those kids who did things her own way. My mum called it either creativeness or stubbornness, depending on her mood and how far I’d pushed my boundaries that day. (I come by it naturally, she’s the woman who taught me that there’s an exception to every rule, and that…

Hanging up my shingle

Some seeds germinate slowly. Last summer, the marquee of the McDonald Theatre in Eugene kept catching my eye. James Van Praagh, spirit whisperer, it said. Or something like that. The kids would be at their Dad’s. I could go. Go, said my intuition. Go! I put off buying tickets until a week or two before…

Plugging back in

I have a closet to come out of, people of Eugene*. It’s really more of a cabinet: a medium’s cabinet, that is. Not that I’ve ever sat in one — I don’t think people really use them anymore. I’ve been very good at reinventing myself. Trying on a new facade and seeing how it fits…