A number of years ago I heard a first-time author speak about getting her book published. She was rejected 27 times before landing a contract. The 28th time was the charm.[Read more…] about The Three Forms of Pressure: 27 Bee Stings
I’ve been watching the war in Ukraine and struggling to know what to say. Words feel hollow. But saying nothing doesn’t feel right, either.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and sunflowers are the national flower of Ukraine. So here are sunflowers for Ukraine, and the hope that beauty soon returns to the country where courage never left.[Read more…] about Sunflowers for Ukraine
I wrote about the Three Forms of Pressure the other day, and I want to talk more about wandering. It’s the most subtle of the pressures, and for me at least, the most difficult to overcome. (If you haven’t already read The Three Forms of Pressure: The Second Idea, start there and this will make more sense.)
So, yes. Wandering.[Read more…] about The Three Forms of Pressure: So, Yes. Wandering.
Zen Buddhism says that pressure is caused by one of three forces: tension, conflict, and wandering. Buddhists speak of these in a spiritual sense, but I’ve found they are the pressures of the creative world as well.[Read more…] about The Three Forms of Pressure: The Second Idea
I find winter to be the hardest creative season. The world is colorless and my energy depleted. There is no mad flush of spring, no incessant heat of summer, no urgency of autumn. Time feels monotonous, endless. Until it does end and I’m left feeling as though I’ve squandered it all.[Read more…] about Overlooked
On my writing desk is an orchid that has been in bloom an unusually long time. It’s crisp white blossoms have greeted me every morning for over half a year. As I sit here writing this, it’s just now starting to fade. I have other orchids that have gone into bloom, but none have lasted as long as this one.[Read more…] about Groundwork