Author Archives: scout2011

Winter Academic Writing Retreat – Feb. 16-18, 2022

Calling all academic writers, or academics-who-also-write: Join us for the Winter Academic Writing Retreat at beautiful Earthshine Lodge, February 16 – 18, 2022. Lodging, meals, guided hikes, yoga, professional (optional) workshops/breakout sessions, and more. Click the link for all details. … Continue reading

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New Year, New Book

Just before the new year, two things happened for me. 1.) After my first visit to the optometrist in seven years, I got glasses.  My vision used to be perfect–I was the girl who read the street signs or saw … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice Poem

Welcome, winter. I love the cold season. There is something in it that calls to my bones, makes a singing sound down deep that only I can hear. What better way to welcome the season than with a Wendell Berry … Continue reading

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Ode to a Lands’ End Coat

Dear Lands’ End: Tomorrow this coat is being donated to a coat drive at my 8 year-old daughter’s elementary school. It’s a big moment for me, and I have to say “thank you.” I was given this coat as a … Continue reading

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Our Undying Gratitude – Veteran’s Day 2021

Harry Truman, a veteran of World War I, in a broadcast to the Armed Forces in April of 1945: “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en begins the dark season

I sure hope all of you had a Happy Hallowe’en, and a good and magical Samhain (as the Celts and others called it). In our family we had a Viking, a Valkyrie, a dragon, and the Grim Reaper. A spooky … Continue reading

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On Retreat: Why making time for ourselves as artists looks different for each of us

Over the course of my 20 years as a working writer, the idea of being “on retreat” has morphed into many different iterations. I’ve attended writers’ retreats chock full of activities like workshops, craft talks, writing prompts, and more–most wherein … Continue reading

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New Book Review: “To the Bones” by Valerie Nieman, in Appalachian Review

Hi, friends. It’s been a while. Again. For my family and me, time has both sped up and seemed suspended or slow during the year and a half of pandemic life. I know we’re not alone. Like many of you, … Continue reading

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What a long, strange trip it’s been

Hi, friends. It’s been a while. First, there was summer. It was, by far, the fastest summer of my life. As usual, my children (ages 12 and 8) were home, so there was no writing to be done. But we … Continue reading

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Fabulous new Southern fiction coming in Spring 2022: THE LOST BOOK OF ELEANOR DARE

Utterly out of my mind excited for and proud of my dear friend, the author Kimberly Brock. Our first novels came out the same year (2012) with the same small publisher. We met at a conference in North Georgia touring for … Continue reading

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