Struggle and exult as you nourish the some-days fragile stem, other-days lusty baby of whatever a creative life means to you. Write. Make art, music, love, a home. Read, listen, and gaze upon myriad human-made works until your eyes are wet with tears of joy. This is where wholeness dwells. Book reviews and writerly stuff found here, too.

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Claire’s Visual Journal

I’m creating journal pages for each of the main characters of The Mapmaker, my novel-in-progress. This one is Claire’s. She is Grace’s (my protagonist’s) mother. Claire is pondering a tough decision. These pages help me process what my characters are feeling. I’ve been collecting snippets for several months. This is the first character page. Claire…

CREATIVE LIFE

Struggle and exult as you nourish the some-days fragile stem, other-days lusty baby of whatever a creative life means to you. Write. Make art, music, love, a home. Read, listen, and gaze upon myriad human-made works until your eyes are wet with tears of joy. This is where wholeness dwells. Book reviews and writerly stuff…

Lucky Rock

I found this small, preternaturally smooth rock at Back Beach in Bernard, Maine several years ago. I imagine it as a dolphin or a person meditating, arms tucked, serene. The rock is self-contained. It has everything it needs. Its inward smile implies a secret. This insular stone was once part of something bigger than itself…