Has a Poem Ever Made You Cry?

Donald Hall died Saturday.  Donald Hall was an extraordinary poet who I came to know through the poetry of his wife, Jane Kenyon, who quickly became one of my favorite writers for her spare, essential descriptions of life, nature, and ultimately, death. (She died at age 47 of leukemia.) Kenyon was much younger than her […]

Strike While the Iron is Hot

    While I am not writing a poem a day this year inspiration still strikes from time to time, if I set down my phone and sit down with a pen and paper. This piece wrote itself this week – here is a rough draft, just the way it appeared to me:   we […]

Fearless Writing Challenge, Day 40: I Thought I Was Drowning.

  I wrote this in a past life. It hurts me to read it again, to go back there. Even in my darkest days now, I am not even close to feeling as lost and alone as I did then. It is good for me to recognize that truth. What follows is one scene from an unhappy […]

Fearless Writing Challenge; Day 27: Hello Darkness My Old Friend

I managed to get myself up off the couch yesterday. It wasn’t easy. The weather was exceptionally hot, I’ve been feeling low-energy all week, and just not motivated to do much. I met a friend for a glass of wine. She is one of my closest friends and we were catching up – talking about our […]

Who Do I Write For? Or thoughts on picking a “niche”.

There’s this idea out there – in Freelance Writer Land – that you are better off having a “niche” or a “speciality” if you are to be successful as a freelancer. While I, admittedly,  struggle with this idea, I do believe it is vital to have that clarity and understanding. Now, we all know (you […]