2017 Reading Recap

Just for fun (and a little late), I tallied up my 2017 reads. Here are some stats, observations, and favorites. In 2017, I read 33 books total. 18 of those were audiobooks (yes it counts as reading) and the rest were print or ebooks. I read 21 works of fiction and 12 works of nonfiction. … Continue reading 2017 Reading Recap

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List 2: Boss Witches

This post is part of a series inspired by the 52 lists project journal; read more about my intention and approach in the original post here. Week 2 / List 2: List your favorite characters from books, movies, etc. This is the prompt that inspired me to buy this journal. I've been a voracious reader my … Continue reading List 2: Boss Witches

The 52 Lists Project 2017

I posted the entry below to Instagram and Facebook a little while ago, but I'm going to begin the project in earnest on the blog this week, so I thought I'd include it here, as an introduction. My number one resolution for 2017 is to get back into a regular writing habit. Between book edits … Continue reading The 52 Lists Project 2017

How to Be An Explorer of the World

This weekend at the Creative Nonfiction Writer's Conference, I led a master class on Research Techniques in the genre. For those of you who attended (or anyone else interested in learning more about creative research), here are links to the essays and books I referenced. Immersion Pieces Jeanne Marie Laskas' "Underworld," and her entire collection, … Continue reading How to Be An Explorer of the World

Whiskey and Water

They dim the lights in the Wigle Barrelhouse just as the music is starting, so that the soft twang of an acoustic guitar and a mandolin sound softer still, muffled and sweet. The oak barrels lining the room – all four walls, stacked on their sides to the ceiling, propping up the cocktail tables – … Continue reading Whiskey and Water