Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Where I Avoid Explicatives While Talking About Rejection

Husband: "Do you think the Hawks high-five each other after they make it through the hoop?" Me: "Yes, because I keep finding feathers on the bottom of my shoes." This was the conversation my husband and I had as we looked not at a bunch of freakishly tall people on our TV screen, but at… Continue reading Where I Avoid Explicatives While Talking About Rejection

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Thinking Like a Kid (and Like a Sea Monster!) — Guest Post by Author Kate Messner

It's time for another Get Inspired Monday! -- a series created to help you dig into your week and find inspiration in unexpected places. Today's post comes to you from award-winning children's author, Kate Messner. Kate is a class act -- not only because she's a fabulously talented (and prolific) writer, but she's also quick to offer support and encouragement to other… Continue reading Thinking Like a Kid (and Like a Sea Monster!) — Guest Post by Author Kate Messner

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part II

We're talking with accomplished poet, novelist, playwright, and essayist, David Budbill. Check out Part I of this interview for a discussion on David's poetic beginnings, as well as to hear about how his life experiences influenced his writing.  And now, Part II... ********** Amanda: Let's talk about your upcoming collection, HAPPY LIFE. The title, at least, sounds like this is a work of positive… Continue reading Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part II

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Sometimes, Just Writing the To-Do List is Enough

  It was a jam-packed weekend: Good things. Fun things. Sunburned things. It was also the weekend I planned to tackle my To-do List. Life has been busier lately, and the oft-neglected LIST was growing. And growing. So, Sunday afternoon, when things finally started to bubble along at a more relaxed pace, I took out my monstrous list, uncapped my handy red pen, and… Continue reading Sometimes, Just Writing the To-Do List is Enough

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Building Castles With Threadbare Sheets

    Last week the kids were on Spring Break, so we celebrated by packing our non-existent bags, and setting off for a grand Staycation.   Save for the plague of stomach flu that kicked in for the final few days, we had a great time.  We went out for over-priced-but worth-it-for-the-ambience hamburgers and shakes. We decorated plates, and seahorses,… Continue reading Building Castles With Threadbare Sheets

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Where You Need to Be to Write a True Story — Guest Post by Keija Parssinen

Today's post comes to you from novelist and poet, Keija Parssinen. I think you'll find that her writing drips of intelligence and vivid, honest images, with prose that often reads like poetry.  ********** Where You Need to Be to Write a True Story It’s hard to get inspired in Missouri in the winter. Everything is the color of dirty dish water—the sky, the leafless trees,… Continue reading Where You Need to Be to Write a True Story — Guest Post by Keija Parssinen