She was raised on a ranch in Alberta and I would have never encountered her in my day to day life. But social media connect us with a broad range of people and that’s how I met Diane Stringam Tolley. I began reading her blog, On The Border, referring to ranching life on the Alberta/Montana . . .
There's good writing advice and there's bad writing advice. So let's talk about that. I know a lot of bloggers and some writers who quote writer Anne LaMott, who famously wrote: "You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they . . .
I was 16 when I had my first professional editor, on a weekly column about my high school in my town's weekly newspaper. I was paid $2 for each column, probably about the hourly rate for freelance writing today, thanks to the glut of writers who will take slave wages. But this post isn't about pay. . . .
Welcome to Ignite Your Creativity: a Workshop for Writers Come in! Join me in the creative atmosphere of Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a fall weekend writing workshop meant to infuse your writing with new passion. Whether you’re a blogger, an essayist or a corporate writer, this workshop will help you . . .
This is all about finding your inspiration when you think it's lost. Because it never is lost, not really. It's just covered up with other stuff, like life, fear, sloth and insecurity, among other things. Writer's block is in our minds and we can use our minds to overcome it and find our muse . . .
Most babies in the 1950s and maybe longer wore these traditional little white lace-up baby shoes. I love them--they remind me of purity and innocence. They are so not-stylish that they remind me of the time when children were concerned not with fashion or celebrity but with the things of . . .
Hello my darlings, it's me again, the Grammar Bitch, here to help set you straight in the new year. It's been a couple years now since I've taught college classes, and I miss the fun of teaching. So I'd like to have some fun right this very minute, okay? We're talking today about word crimes. . . .
Radziwill is one of those names that used to only resonate with women of our generation. At one time it was the married name of Lee Bouvier, the sister of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Her husband was Prince of Poland and during their marriage, she was known as Princess Lee Radziwill. She had a son, . . .
I've been helping a newer writer flesh out an essay idea and as I tried to help him figure out how to approach a new version it occurred to me how little I've examined how I go about doing what I do. In fact, it never occurred to me to even consider it. So when Barbara Wilson Shallue over at Long . . .
Like everyone else, I've got drama in my life. I argue with my husband, lose friends, have my feelings hurt. All the usual stuff goes on in my life, like everyone else. I just don't write about it all that often. In the old days, we writers would dump it all out on the page and have time to . . .