Just over a week ago, I finished –and won—another NaNoWriMo. I crossed the 50,000 word mark on November 29, and couldn’t bring myself to go back on the 30th. I know it’s just a down-draft, a first draft, but it still takes more effort than I’m used to to show up and write almost 1700 […]

Secrets–One Republic

The Importance of Story

Humans have a long history of defining themselves as different from other animals, as tool-users, as language-users, as God’s chosen. I can’t speak to the last one, but it’s clear that the boundaries we’ve tried to put between ourselves and other creatures on this earth have been eroded, as we find various species from apes […]

In Service of Story

Today I’m attending a workshop as part of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SCBWI’s fall conference, for which the participants had to fill out a questionnaire about their writing lives. One of the questions asked, “What does writing bring to you?” My first response was “Sanity.” It’s the sanity that comes from answering what I’m […]

House as a Metaphor

I dream often of houses, sometimes houses I recognize from waking life, sometimes ones created fully from my imagination, and often a hybrid of the two. When I dream of my childhood home I always look to see if the dream is speaking to some belief or issue I’ve held since those very young days. […]

Why Dreams are Hard to Understand

A while back, a friend asked me, “With all this valuable information in dreams, why are they so hard to understand?”

It’s a fair question. A source of understanding is provided to us every night, and yet the messages are often opaque. Why would something so helpful be so frustrating? I think there are several […]