Writing

Which advice do I take?

Constructive feedback is a great thing. Especially if solicited (and sometimes even paid for), thoughtful critiques of one’s performance can help make any performance better.
Except for this: sometimes feedback is contradictory. When you solicit feedback from multiple people, even multiple experts, you can get advice that is all over the map. Peopl… read more »

Noticing as the minutes feel less lousy

On Sunday morning I didn’t think I was in for a good run.  I was tired. My legs felt heavy. But I hadn’t run on Friday or Saturday and the air was relatively cool after a Saturday night rain. I thought it was worth a shot. I started slowly. I kept going. At a little under 3 miles, I felt good enough that I added an extension that brought me to 4 miles. At 4 miles, I was… read more »

Subtitling — help, please

I’m reading — again! — through my first draft of Mosaic. It needs to be in to my editor by August 1. My 7-year-old and I have been discussing the idea of drafts, and that first versions are seldom as good as the final copy will be. So when he saw me scrolling through the manuscript, he said “Mommy, is that the bad version?” Thanks ki… read more »

Writing for the ear

I read through Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings this week. I’d read it decades ago, but after reading The Optimist’s Daughter earlier this year, I thought I’d pick it back up off my shelf (this is why I don’t get rid of things!)
It’s a short and lovely memoir. Like The Optimist’s Daughter it packs a lot in with an economy bred of skill. One… read more »

The LeBron James letter

I like to watch basketball, though I can’t say I follow any team or player closely. I hadn’t been paying attention to the whole LeBron James saga until it exploded all over my Twitter feed Friday.
The general consensus was that he left Cleveland poorly 4 years ago, with a lot of bad feelings, or even if the feelings weren’t particularly pronounced, they g… read more »