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How to Build a Creative Life … or, Navigating Creative Disappointment … or, The Rallying Cry of the Working Writer

I couldn’t decide on a title for this post (obviously). I am not normally indecisive—it’s just that each of the above titles fits. They are all part of the story of the working writer. Here’s my story, at least for … Continue reading

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Extended registration + coupon code for MountainTop Writers Retreat

There is still time to make 2020 your most creative year yet! We’ve extended registration for MountainTop Writers Retreat’s upcoming residency (Jan. 30 – Feb. 2, 2020) through Sunday, Jan. 19th. Register on or before 1.19.2020 with coupon code MTNWRITE … Continue reading

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Last day for the Early Bird Special to MountainTop Writers Retreat’s inaugural retreat for women writers and creatives!

Today at 11:59 PM is the last time to register with the Early Bird Special for Fall MountainTop, MountainTop Writers Retreat’s inaugural retreat for women writers and creatives, hosted Nov. 8-11, 2019 at beautiful Earthshine Lodge in the mountains of … Continue reading

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Reminder: Early Bird Special for MountainTop Writers Retreat + Shared Room option now available

Hi, writers and creatives (and other fine folks)! Just a reminder that our Early Bird Special for Fall MountainTop, MountainTop Writers Retreat’s first pure retreat for women writers, is available to those who register by September 30th!  Also: our Shared … Continue reading

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Amazing and unexpected things happen at the mountaintop

Amazing and unexpected things happen at the mountaintop. There’s just something about the solitude and quiet, the crisp air, being truly (maybe finally, for some of us) away from the noise that keeps creativity at bay. This is why we … Continue reading

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Returning to a novel project after time away

* If you’re looking for information about MountainTop Writers Retreats, our new pure writers’ retreats hosted in the mountains of Western North Carolina November 8 – 11, 2019, please click here.  … continued from Instagram. Returning to a long prose … Continue reading

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Friday lines: Scene from my novel-in-progress; or, “Woman from the future”

Happy Friday! Hope y’all enjoy this scene from the first (and very rough) draft of my historical novel-in-progress. For more about the story, and other scenes, go to my Work in Progress page. * Woman from the future * 72 … Continue reading

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Weekly Lines: “Cars and curricles”

Hi! It’s been a while, folks. Writing in the summertime when your kids are at home is a bit like running the gauntlet. (Yes, gauntlets have been around since people were basic brutes and rarely end well for the runner. … Continue reading

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New lines: “The Cheshire Cat and Alice”

Hi, all! Here’s a quick new excerpt from my historical novel-in-progress. For more information, go to my Work-in-Progress page. This scene is set in Charleston, South Carolina, 2004. Enjoy! * The Cheshire Cat and Alice * When all else fails, … Continue reading

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Because of 80,000 words: A new novel excerpt

Today I hit 80,000 words on the first draft of my novel manuscript.  This is a big deal, y’all. My kids are 9 and 6. The last time I hit 80,000 words on a novel manuscript was over a decade … Continue reading

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