Friday, October 21, 2016

Writing about Place - An online workshop just in time for NaNoWriMo!

For those of you participating in the upcoming National Novel Writing Month, here's an online workshop to help you incorporate descriptions of "place" into your writing.

What role does “place” play in your writing? How can you effectively evoke a place in your writing – be it poetry or prose? How do you write about interior or dreamed spaces? How have travel writers and other authors successfully written about place? Themed lessons will be posted weekly, featuring example poems, articles, essays, and links to additional reading. Participants will submit drafts weekly for thoughtful, individual feedback from the instructor. Click here for more information or to register.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Translating Joachim Ringelnatz

I've been working on translations of poems by German writers over the past few years. Recently, I become a little obsessed with Joachim Ringelnatz, a subversive artist and writer who was the contemporary of Otto Dix and George Grosz.

Thanks to Julie Brooks Barbour at Connotation Press for publishing two of these gems by Ringelnatz. I had a ton of fun translating them.

You can find Im Park (In the Park) and Die Schnupftabakdose (The Snuffbox) at the following link:

Monday, August 01, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

2 Easy Productivity Hacks for Writers

Some writers have the problem of a to-do list that spills across multiple pages, while others have the problem of not knowing how to even start composing such a list.

No matter which problem you have, I hope this article helps you use your time more effectively, so you can write -- and finish! -- more of your projects.

The article appears in the new issue of the WOW! Women on Writing Newsletter, along with lots of other great articles for writers.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Let's Try It and See What Happens!

Just popping in to say HELLO!
Apple blossoms!

Spring is always a busy time of year, but this year even more so because I've got a couple of big projects in the works.

Have you heard... I've finished the first draft of my novel? Kidlit. Middle grade. My goal is to be sending the first 5 pages to an agent over the summer. Yikes!

Spring is always associated with new beginnings. The plants on our balconies have come back and it looks like we'll have apples this year in addition to the blueberries and red currants. I'm trying to grow carrots and watermelons in pots on the balcony because -- why not?!?

I feel like the motto for 2016 so far has been "Let's try it and see what happens!" I'm writing fiction. I'm writing blog posts and sales decks for clients. I'm translating websites from German into English. I'm setting up an online course using an automated platform. I'm developing a new course for one of my existing learning platforms. Sigh.

If the past two years have taught me anything, they've taught me to get out of my comfort zone. They've taught me to try new things.

Take a chance this year!

I'll post pictures of the carrots when they're ready.