The Ethics of Proposing to More Than One Person! You'd never consider proposing marriage to more than one person at a time. However. In literary circles, it's the norm to propose a book idea to multiple agents at a time. At first, that seemed illogical to...

  I'm Proposing! Yes, it's official. I'm in my second ever relationship and have decided, "It's a GO! Let's Get This Thing Done!" What the heck? Right? When my first book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village came out with Autumn House Press, I didn't need...

I'm stewing over threes this week. They are everywhere. From Veni, Vidi, Vici to Stop, Look, and Listen. My husband and I each come from a family with three siblings. The Government of the people, by the people, for the people. The good, the bad and...

Collegeville 2017 with Lauren Winner Each year Collegeville Institute hosts a summer full of writing workshops. It's tough to get in. I applied two years ago. Nope. Only twelve writers, from across the United States and Canada, are accepted to each ten day workshop. All expenses...

My favorite podcasts for writers this year include two newbies onto the scene. Ampersand: The Poets & Writers Podcast is a great addition to the writing podcast scene.  Poets and Writers is one of my favorite magazines and this podcast lets me hear directly from their editors....

My friend, Leslie Leyland Fields, joins me today with thoughts on life & writing.  Leslie has led an incredible life. She married into a family of Alaskan salmon fishers, moved to Alaska and became a commercial fisher. Leslie is a mother of six, a writer, a teacher, an...

I've been making handmade journals--Books by Jill--for about a year, giving them for gifts, using them myself. I love making them! After a day of writing and a brain that's really tired, I relax by doing handwork. Since I love making them so much,...

  The Magic of Memoir: Inspiration for the Writing Journey is Out! This past week I received two copies of The Magic of Memoir. They are called contributor's copies, meaning, I submitted an essay to the anthology and it was accepted, so I get two free copies....

Biking Holland One of the things I love most about visiting the Netherlands is going on a bike ride. Biking Holland is such a pleasure. Just thinking about it, makes me smile. There are a lot of reasons why. Here are just a few. Bikes Galore You don't...

"If you chase two rabbits, you won't catch either one." I found this old proverb in the terrific book The One Thing by Gary Keller. It changed the way I was thinking. It changed the way I am living, so now, I'm chasing the rabbit. (Here's a FUN book...