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...

I never thought I'd be the sort of author who would (or could) say, "I've just come back from a research trip!" I never thought I'd say, "My research trip was six weeks long. And it took me to Europe."  But here I am. Saying those very...

The liquid and ever-changing world of book publication reminds me that just when I get comfortable, things are most likely going to change. This time it's my Book Distributor. I've gotten a new book distributor ...

Rebecca LeBoeuf, Editorial Assistant at The Penman Review emailed me a month ago about a Q&A for The Penman Profile. I said sure, I 'd love to do that. Over the course of the month, we emailed back and forth. Over the course of the month, my...

My website and I spent a week together doing a Make Over with web designer and friend, Eric Heuer. The big question is: How Often Should A Website Be Updated? Do you really need a website makeover? According to itd interactive, there are a lot of updates...

I had a grand four days in Austin, Texas. First of all, Texas is not North Dakota. The trees were blooming and the outdoor pool called my name. I had three free hours before the conference welcome and I spent it getting in a great swim...

W. Scott Olsen is set to launch his 11th book: A Moment with Strangers: Photographs and Essays at Home and Abroad. The book is a  fine collection of photographs and thoughts, Olsen at his best, as he travels and considers places as distant as London, Paris, Fargo,...

Last night I attended the Concordia National Book Awards. hosted by John Ydstie, National Public Radio. As I was walking out the door, my son's friend said, "Not what I would like going to!" The boys had an evening of woodworking on the lathe and Dremmel in...

This week I had Italian Soda with Dr. Suzzanne Kelley, PhD., Editor-in-Chief of the newly named NDSU Press. I was intrigued by our conversation: A press that used to be called the North Dakota Institute for Regional Studies A press that has published approximately one book per...