Reasons for Hope

 Yesterday we unloaded the truck with our furniture and possessions. This house finally feels real. Living in this impossibly beautiful neighborhood is no longer a strange and wonderful possibility, but real!  Just a generation ago, in my father’s time, we would have been forbidden to live here by covenants forbidding Jews, Blacks, and Asians from…

Life, Plans, and Kickstarter

We arrived at our house in Albuquerque after a two day road trip that begged the question, “Has everyone forgotten how to drive?” Seriously, friends, take it safe if you are traveling this week! We are exhausted. Nonetheless I managed to submit my tenth consecutive entry to Writers of the Future on June 30 from…

Leaving the Cluttered Life

Today is our last day in the old house. Our furniture and boxes are speeding toward Albuquerque. All that is left here are a few odds and ends we are taking with us, some things we need to donate, and trash we need to get rid of. Prepping this house for sale and turnover showed…

Dancing with Fear: Five Tips to Defeat the Fear Monster

If we are doing important work, we are dancing with fear. We say that it’s ‘hard’ to share our work, that’s it’s ‘hard’ to start. But it isn’t hard, it’s just scary. . Dean Wesley Smith talks eloquently about fears, about writing myths, and about how to take control of your own mind to eliminate…

Lightening the Burden of History

Yesterday we sat chatting in the kitchen with our wonderful Memphis realtor as we worked to get the house just right for photographs. (It listed yesterday!) He asked Steve what he taught. History, Steve said. ”History was made yesterday, wasn’t it?” Our realtor said. My heart sank. I’ve been out of the news lately and…

Between the Cracks

Since we bought the new house, things have started falling through the cracks. Time has taken on an eerie timeless quality that nonetheless moves faster than we can breathe. I know that I’ve missed emails, missed due dates, and missed at least two events that I planned to go to. We are in the midst…

Adventures in Housing

It is done! We have a new house with tons of possibilities to become a stunning house. It is by far the most expensive thing we’ve ever owned and the work we need to do is intimidatingly large. But there is a great joy in bringing beauty into the world, which is what we will…

Update

It seems like it has been forever and a day since I updated this blog. My life has spun into a crazy pace between writing and preparing to close on a house and moving our possessions into it. Some things cannot get done on time because it turns out that while work has an elastic…

Racing!

Today I found a blog so wonderful, I had to share it with my writing friends. I love a good writing book and I’ve bought hundreds over the years. In fact, I just bought a bunch through StoryBundle’s twice yearly offering of books for writers. (It’s a good deal, check it out!) Writing Slices is…

Part Time in the Enchanted Land

When I left my job at FedEx one of my friends asked me, “But what will you do? You’ll be so bored.” I appreciated her compassionate concern but I’ve been anything but bored. The truth is that there is more work to do in the world, both to make the world a better place and…