Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Thought from the plane

The world twinkles. The cities, the people. They don't know it, but they do.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Revising my outline

I got my edits back from the professional editor. Wow. It was more than just edits -- it was a hard-hitting 10-page critique plus line edits throughout the whole manuscript. Ouch, ouch, and ouch. My voice can come across as coarse and venting sometimes, and even though I knew this it hurts to read it.

So I'm revising. Revision, the process of seeing it in a new way. The journey continues.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Surrounding yourself with good means blocking out the toxic.


"You have to consider the source. She thinks it's odd that you don't store your ankles behind your ears."

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Today's writing

In college there were panic attacks. Leaving home was fine – I wasn’t ready for it, but what 18-year-old is? I packed my confusion in a U-Haul and unloaded it on the grass of a sunny campus. Classes weren’t overwhelming – stressful, a pain in the ass around finals time, but nothing I couldn’t handle.

It was the dorm. Low ceiling, concrete walls, a roommate to share what little space existed. My roommate’s name was Tim. He was a pair of startled eyes and nervous hands whenever I freaked out. I tried to keep it a secret, but secrets are never secret. The more you push them down into your body and brain, the brighter they’re written across your face.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Med

Most people are working, like me. Headphones, no headphones, laptop, paper. Some gather in groups to discuss the state of the world. They're determined to change it. Their determination drifts up to me, clouds that crinkle my nose with their stridence.

Congratulations to Rob!

I was one of the first to read this sucker.