Thinking about writing.
Browsing:

Category: Creativity

Winning and losing as an artist.

Novelrama Participant Badge

One thing of the many things I like about art is it’s not about winning or losing, but literally HOW you play the game (or do your art) (I know it’s a stretch; stick with me here). There are contests Read more…


A little every day.

Three months ago, this was a cluttered, dirty back patio and a side yard clogged with weeds and trash and dog poop and always had been since I moved in four years ago. I never went back there because that is Read more…


I want to be strange.

henna tattoo, body art, hand with henna tattoo

I want to be a strange person. Have blue hair. Or pink. Or maroon. Or turquoise. I want my youth back. And my figure. I want to take that strange person that I have always been inside and be her. Read more…


Resilience in retrograde.

Image of a person looking at Milky Way, planets, night sky

Rough week at my day job. You can roll your eyes all you want at the whole Mercury in retrograde thing but, man, the communication issues. That’s the difficulty with trying to create art past the hobby-level: all my best Read more…


Self-Doubt

reading is magical

Working on self-doubt this week. It’s funny how it works: you’ll be plugging along fine but then something will trip you up. A tiny criticism. Some confusion. More likely than not, overwhelm. Fear. You want to isolate and hide and Read more…


Showing up.

show up for your work

It’s 5:00 a.m. on a Tuesday. It’s quiet here now. The remodeling next door went on until well past 10:00 last night. The barometric pressure is crashing so my ears are ringing and my skin feels itchy and raw. The Read more…


Good enough.

Do you work. It's good enough.

Yesterday was a bit of a rough day for me. I dove back into the edits of my fourth novel, the first in the Horologion series, and am posting it, chapter by chapter, on a critique group. So it’s not Read more…


Put on your (creative) habit.

Even nuns are creative.

Thinking about habit today: how hard it is to maintain a productive one and how easy it is to fall idle. It took all my willpower this morning to get out of bed. You’ve heard about my bed, right? It’s Read more…


Creativity waits.

Waiting for you to make something.

Here’s the thing about creativity: it’s always waiting for you to come back to it. Whether it’s been a couple of weeks of draining but productive work at a full-time job or it’s been 50 years since you sat with Read more…


Today, I am.

Photo of big Russian bell

Late in 2010, I finished writing my first novel. It was super religious (as was I, at the time) — pages and pages of Church history and people talking about theology. It was just a “light little mystery” and I Read more…