If you have a friend or loved one who quilts, and you would one day like to be the recipient of a lovely cherished heirloom, don’t ever ask them any of the following questions. You may never get a quilt. 1. “Why would you want to cut up perfectly good fabric just so you can … Continue reading Seven Questions You Should Never Ask a Quilter
This past weekend, I had a two by four hit me in the head again, as life hammered another lesson home. It's a lesson that I've learned before, but one that I clearly needed to learn again, hence the two by four. On Friday morning, my alarm went off at 4 am, so I could … Continue reading If I can write, I can write . . . right?
This week I finished another "UFO" or unfinished quilt. This is one my friend Teresa and I started probably six years ago. We chose the pattern and began construction for a dear friend. Life managed to get in the way, and we didn't finish it. Three years ago (or so) we pulled it out and decided to … Continue reading Giving is Way More Fun than Receiving
Think back to your freshman year in high school. You lived through moments that defined your life . . . at the time at least. Now, you probably can't recall what they were. Think back also to your English class. Do you remember what you read? Do you remember your first introduction to Shakespeare? As … Continue reading Shakespeare and Freshmen – Good Times
The idea that every story has already been told is a potentially depressing one for a writer embarking on a writing journey. The problem with this saying is that it’s patently false. Every story has not been told. When people say this, they mean that every story archetype or pattern has been discovered. Examples of such … Continue reading Every Story HAS NOT Been Told
1) The terrified looks on the seniors’ faces as they walk into the room to try to pass the math portion for the 8th time. I am always shocked at some of the kids that come in because some of them are excellent students. One came in yesterday who I had as a freshman. She … Continue reading Five Reasons why State Proficiency Exams Suck
This summer I attended the Willamette Writers’ Conference. Many of the writers and presenters there kept saying, “keep your day job.” There’s even a pretty good blog that I occasionally read called http://www.writerwithadayjob.com that offers tips and motivation to keep going in the face of a busy life. She also has a companion book that … Continue reading Keep Your Day Job AND Write . . . How?