My flash fiction piece, "The Bar Room Door," is up at the great new online literary magazine, Cease, Cows. It's kind of about Madison. In a way. And yes, there's an explanation for the name of the lit mag (Cease, Cows). It has to do … Read More >>
Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday here in Madison; time to think about shopping locally. If you're out and about tomorrow, be sure to stop by Village Lights Bookstore. To support Indie bookstores, young adult author Julia Karr and … Read More >>
Today I picked up my book of daily yoga and read, “Today, drive the speed limit.” That was all.
It wasn’t very profound compared to other days when I’ve contemplated gratefulness or stated out loud my intention for the day or … Read More >>
Here’s an important lesson I recently learned–when you’re going to a writer’s conference, read the books written by the authors who will be leading workshops and teaching classes. Otherwise you might miss out.
This summer, I went to the Midwest Writer’s Workshop … Read More >>
As promised, Day Seven in my Week of Winter Walking takes us to sunnier climates, where my mom and dad are walking the beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida. Most years, I'm down there with them, but due to irreconcilable differences in spring break schedules (our … Read More >>
Is it Garrison Keillor who tells the joke about zucchini in the Midwest? The only time Midwesterners lock their cars is in the summer to keep their neighbors from dumping bags of zucchini in the passenger seat.
From June until September, this part of the world … Read More >>
The hubs and I were having a conversation at the local bar recently (this happens from time to time). In describing the strength of his friendship with someone, he said, “If they called me and said they’re in Montana, can I come get them with $400, I’d do it.” … Read More >>
Dear So You Think You Can Dance,
This is a hard letter for me to write. Not because it’s hard for me to think of things I love about your show, but because: first, there are so many things I love; and, second, sometimes the more you love something, the harder it … Read More >>
November is over, and I’m happy to say I officially won National Novel Writing Month. I reached 50,000 words on November 21, with nine days to spare.
I originally set out to finish my novel in progress during November, and I did add 10,000 words to that novel. … Read More >>
- The wind in fall. I love the sense that when the wind blows in the fall, a dark cloud or rain cannot be far behind. It is a wind that is bound to bring something with it besides the mere moving around of air.
- On specificity. All the great … Read More >>
Last week I wrote a post about the amazing thing that happens every day. People seemed to like it. I decided to start writing down the amazing things that happened to me every day. There’s almost always more than one. It occurred to me that I might share some of … Read More >>
In February 2011, my textbook, Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration, came out from Pine Forge/Sage Press. This behemoth (543 pages worth) was 4 years in the making and is based on my experiences teaching a … Read More >>