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two file folders, a green one and a turquoise and gray floral one labeled Rejections and Acceptances! Several sheets of paper visible sticking out from folders.

Essays Accepted for Publication – at last!

In January, I started sending out essays to publications in hopes of getting them published. In early June, in my blog post Submitting My Essays – Keeping the Butterflies in Check, I wrote about the submission goal I set and how I submitted and submitted but still hadn’t had any acceptances. I was terribly discouraged…

A hand drawn picture from a journal showing books on a bookcase. Titles of the books are written on the spines. At the top, there is a banner that reads Books Read 2020. To the right is the start of another drawn bookshelf with Books Read 2021 on a banner at the top of the page

Books Read in 2020

I can’t believe we’re already over halfway through 2020 and I haven’t posted my listing of the books I read in the past year. I guess time got away with me, as it has for most people in this last year of COVID life, but it’s not too late to post my list so here…

a hand holding a blue fountain pen, another hand on the page of a journal. Pen is writing words in cursive in the journal

Submitting My Essays – Keeping the Butterflies in Check

At the beginning of 2021, I set a goal to submit my essays to publications in hopes of having them published. I’ve had essays published before and have had dozens of articles published as well so it’s not like I’m new to submitting or to being published but I haven’t been writing much for several…

Miss Benson's Beetle novel on a bookshelf

Miss Benson’s Beetle Book Review

The Indie Bookstore where I work, Content Bookstore in Northfield, Minnesota, has started a Staff Picks Saturday feature on our social media sites. I’ve had four of my favorite books featured thus far and am going to share many of my staff picks here on my blog. First to feature? Well it’s Miss Benson’s Beetle,…

potential

Potential

After 20 years living in the same house, my husband and I have downsized and moved into a new home. We’ve been here just over a month now and are still getting settled in. Here is a glimpse of my current view in my new office. Bookshelves up but still empty. Computer screen weirdly blank…

World of Wonders

World of Wonders

Several months ago, I received an advanced copy of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, a book written by Aimee Nezhukumatathil and published by Milkweed Editions. The book is one of those that is hard categorize because it covers so many topics and fits into several genres. I could…

Organizing my Writing part 2

Organizing My Writing – Part 2

Back in March, I wrote a blog post titled “It’s That Organizing my Writing Project” in which I wrote about going through my writing in the effort to see just what I have and what I should do with it. This project came out of a meeting with my writing coach, Kate Hopper, that we…

Journaling about Writing Fears

Writing Fears

I’m doing a bit of an experiment and am back to writing blog posts – my goal is to not think about them much but to simply write and get something out there. I’ve been meaning to blog for months – then COVID and George Floyd and I felt I had to address those issues…

Writing Journals organized

Journals

In getting ready for our move to a smaller house, last night I packed away my old journals into plastic bins. I didn’t pause to look at the journals much while I was packing them away because that would have resulted in not getting the task done, but at quick glance I noticed a few…

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