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 love the drawing of this horse: his alert ears, his eyes that ask questions. I love these words: "On the breeze he heard a shrill song, it was a cricket, singing on a rock." Lately, all I do is listen. And write. I hear the singing of...

I just finished reading, "Daily Rituals" by Mason Currey and was intrigued to look behind the scenes and into another artists' lives. In the book, Mason takes 161 creative people (writers, painters, mathematicians, playwrights, song writers) and writes about their creative daily rituals. He used extensive...

I've spent the past two weeks putting together a thousand-piece-puzzle. In my mind. In other words: starting to get serious with the next book. It's been challenging for a whole host of reasons. Changing from nonfiction to fiction This is a MIND BOGGLING experience. Every time I...

Seems like everyone is gearing up for first day of school, or first day of teaching, or first day of fall. It's transition time for me also, as a writer. Switching gears from just writing to writing and speaking. Clubs are starting up and groups are meeting. And...

Writing Crawl Fargo The Red River Valley Writing Project is hosting its second “writing crawl,” a pub crawl with creativity set to pen and paper, in downtown Fargo Tuesday. Kick off the event by registering for free and picking up a writing packet at Zandbroz Variety between...

When Creative Nonfiction Magazine emailed me and asked if I could do an interview, I was thrilled! I told my daughter and her response was, "You're becoming kind of famous, Mom. How did you do that?"My answer, "I've been doing the grunt work." It's true. Half...