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March 9, 2019

I learned to drive a stick-shift truck when I was fourteen. All I had to do was nurse the ancient flatbed pick-up around the ranch in first gear to feed the horses. The problem was, my route started with an ever-so-small uphill slope through narrow gateposts. Starting...

February 5, 2019

Last week, I finished the final chapter in the first draft of my book project. I started the manuscript last January, put it aside in April, picked it back up in September, and here we are. I began with a vague desire to write a memoir about being single—the struggle a...

January 11, 2019

Five years ago, I began asking God to give me a word for the year. I suppose it was right around the time that choosing a word for the New Year became trendy. But as a writer-editor, words are kind of my thing, so I liked the idea. I believe that words are powerful—tha...

December 17, 2018

In my house growing up, the celebration of the Advent season was as important as Christmas itself. Everything about Advent was special—fancy china plates, sparkling cider, and once-a-year Christmas activities. Every Sunday evening in December, my two younger sisters an...

November 16, 2018

NaNoWriMo is underway, and with it, writers everywhere are eking out word count.

If you’ve been living under a rock, National Novel Writing Month is an annual writing project which—should you choose to participate—involves attempting to write 50,000 words during the mon...

October 4, 2018

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One of my favorite things about visiting my parents is sitting and talking with Daddy in his man cave. He’s converting a corner of the detached garage into a recording studio— amidst cinderblock walls, Grandpa’s old tools, and Momma’s shelves of...

September 5, 2018

When I was in college, I discovered how much I enjoyed Sudoku. But it wasn’t always that way. When I first picked up a newspaper and guessed my way through rows and columns of numbers one through nine, I came away frustrated with the haphazard strategy. Then my friend...

August 7, 2018

I haven’t picked up my journal in a while. I visit my old paisley leather friend now and then, faithful over the years, though inconsistent. I visit during the highest and lowest of emotions; in the moments of inspiration and the moments of introspection. Those don’t s...

July 6, 2018

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I’d never been on a road this bumpy. Or as my husband Michael would say, “gnarly.” He couldn’t keep the grin off his face as we four-wheeled over rocks far too big to be considered a “road.” I held onto the door arm of the truck for dear life. We...

May 8, 2018

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If you’re on the writing journey, you probably love words. I know I do. And as an editor, nothing makes m...

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