Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA

On Saturday, in a place that I love with all my heart, eleven people were murdered in their place of worship. Eleven people. I am sad. I am heartbroken. And I am angry. I will say this. There is no part of me that believes that the solution to our problems with gun violence is … Continue reading Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA

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You’re Only Human

Blue flowers

I haven't been writing on my blog, and I feel really guilty about it. Every week I have the intention to sit down at the beginning of the week and write a blog post. Every week I start something, and I don't finish it. I want to write for this blog. I want to create … Continue reading You’re Only Human

What Made Me Write Again

Writing advice

I hope I'm not about to jinx myself, but I'm writing again. Yesterday, I passed 10,000 words on my 2nd draft of my novel, and it's finally starting to feel like I've got some momentum. It's finally starting to feel like I've found my character's voice again, and it's a great feeling. I think I … Continue reading What Made Me Write Again

27 Trips Around the Sun

Lake Erie Sunset

Yesterday was my birthday. 27 trips around the sun. When I think about a birthday in that context, it sounds like a really, really long time. I still feel young, like I’ve got so many things to learn, and yet 27 trips around the sun is many. We are so lucky, as contemporary humans on … Continue reading 27 Trips Around the Sun

Bookcon/New York City Recap

Writer reading

My New York trip started out with a bit of a hiccup. On Monday before we left (we were to arrive on Friday), I went to double check on information for our Airbnb. We had booked the perfect place – in Brooklyn but not too far of a ride to the Javitt’s Center, where we … Continue reading Bookcon/New York City Recap

You Better Be Willing to Fail

Spring Tulips

  A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to take up book binding. I bought this planner as a PDF and I decided that I was going to print it out and learn how to bind a book. And then I'd carry that book around all year, to be reminded of how important … Continue reading You Better Be Willing to Fail