Today’s newspaper column: “Stuff of our lives was once contained in writing letters”

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Today’s new column in The Greenville News is all about letter writing, written correspondence, and what–perhaps–we’ve lost. Remember writing real letters, or passing notes in class? Remember WiteOut?

Anyone?

I’m not sure my current college students have even ever licked a stamp.

I do hope you enjoy the column, and if you do, I hope you’ll tell me about it–and share.

Read here.

Happy Thursday!

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Rock the Vote, Y’all!

Exercising my right to vote since 1996. Rock the vote today, y’all!

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Welcome November

14320702-illustration-of-autumn-tree-silhouetteI know I’m three days late, but it’s difficult to believe it’s November. The view out my window has changed dramatically over the past few weeks: the poplar in my front yard has transitioned from green to gold, and now it’s gray-brown branches stretch bare against a sharply blue Fall sky.

I love this time of year, though many folks do not. For me, it’s a regenerating time. Beneath the cold ground, life is shifting, preparing. I like to think that beneath my warm, comfy clothes, my intellectual creativity is regenerating and shifting, too.

So, in honor of November, some quotes:

“Now Autumn’s fire burns slowly along the woods.”
~ William Allingham

“The third day comes a frost, a killing frost.
~ William Shakespeare

“November’s sky is chill and drear,
November’s leaf is red and sear.”
~ Sir Walter Scott

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.
~ Elizabeth Coatsworth

“November’s sky is chill and drear,
November’s leaf is red and sear.”
- Sir Walter Scott

“October extinguished itself in a rush of howling winds and driving rain and November arrived, cold as frozen iron, with hard frosts every morning and icy drafts that bit at exposed hands and faces.”
~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“But there is always a November space after the leaves have fallen when she felt it was almost indecent to intrude on the woods…for their glory terrestrial had departed and their glory celestial of spirit and purity and whiteness had not yet come upon them.”
L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Windy Poplars

 

 

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New column: “And yes, everyone has a car story”

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Today’s new column in The Greenville News is all about our very American love/hate relationship with our cars. Because everybody’s got a car story.

I do hope you’ll share yours, after your read here.

Happy Weekend to all!

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Novel Retreat in Gorgeous Montpelier, Vermont – Now taking applications!

VCFA FlyerHi, all.

I’m excited to share that the Novel Retreat at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont–held in May 2015–is now open for applications. If you’re a prose writer working in the long form (AKA the novel), a novelist already, or a hope-to-be-novelist, this is the retreat for you.

I’ll be attending this year, both as a participant and as Director Connie May Fowler’s graduate assistant. I’m already so excited to be back in Montpelier (where I earned my MFA in Writing from VCFA) that I can barely stand it. This Novel Retreat boasts some truly phenomenal faculty–I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with both Connie May Fowler and Clint McCown before, and they are two of the many reasons I’ve decided to attend.

Them, a lovely writing community, Montpelier in May, and hours of uninterrupted writing time. I repeat: HOURS OF UNINTERRUPTED WRITING TIME. Shhh… listen. Can you hear the angels rejoicing?

I do hope you’ll consider attending, too. For more information, click here. And if you’d like to ask me any questions about VCFA, the faculty, etc, I’ll be happy to share my experiences.

 

 

 

 

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Today’s Newspaper Column: “When you read to your children, you open up the whole of the world”

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Hi, all!

Today’s column is up at The Greenville News, and it’s all about reading to your kids, some of my favorite children’s books, parenting, and life in general. I do hope you enjoy, and if you do, I hope you’ll share.

To read, click here.

Happy Thursday!

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These Wolves Show Us How We’re All Connected

Just had to share this very short video showing the effects of wolf reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park. Though wolves were reintroduced in 1995, it’s amazing to see how everything in the park has been affected by their presence.

Plus, Yellowston is downright breathtakingly gorgeous. And I love wolves.

Catch the short YouTube video here.

Yellowstone Wolves

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New column: “Confessions from the parent pick-up posse”

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Hi, all! This week’s column is up online at The Greenville News. It’s all about revelations from the elementary parent pick-up line. Hope you enjoy!

To read, click here.

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New newspaper column: “In defense of homemade Halloween costumes”

My little sister and me, Halloween circa 1985ish

My little sister and me, Halloween circa 1985ish

Hi, all! Today’s newspaper column is up at The Greenville News, and it’s all about Halloween, childhood, parenthood, and homemade (or not) costumes. I do hope you enjoy, and if you do, I hope you’ll share!

Read it here.

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New Column: Elk Tailgating & We Have a Book Giveaway Winner!

Hi, all! Two things:

1.) My newest column is up online at The Greenville News. This one’s all about Fall, family, being outside, and visiting the Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s coolest residents–the elk!

Read it here.

Names in the hat

Names in the hat

2.) We have a winner for the book giveaway! Congratulations, Katrina Farmer! Please shoot an email to me at thewritingscott at gmail dot com, include your mailing address, and I’ll get it in the mail this week. I know you’re going to love Cherokee Heritage Trails Guidebookem>.

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! I can’t tell y’all how much I appreciate you reading my work! I’ve

And the winner is ... Katrina!

And the winner is … Katrina!

got a couple more neat books to give away over the next several months, so hang in there.

P.S. Pardon my appearance in these photos–sleepless night & getting over a cold. Ick.

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