Note to Self

Dear Self, Your post from Tues (Fits and Starts) continues to irk me and let me tell you why.  What did you expect when you made the choice to stay home with Em and pursue your art?  You knew coming in the individual challenges and commitment inherent with parenting a two-year-old and dedicating yourself to craft.  But, the Read More …

Fits and Starts

Writing, like my other creative projects, is coming in fits and starts, but I am happy to say that yesterday morning I have shifted from notes mode to writing the first draft of my screenplay “The Curious Tale of Abimelech Jones“.   The start of the project also coincides with Em learning to sleep in a Read More …

Story of the Week – Wk 7

As I prepare to write the first draft of larger pieces like screenplays, I like to first spend time with the characters observing who they are, where they came from, and how and why they react to conflict and other characters in their world.    Josephine is one such character and a mentor figure in a screenplay I Read More …

Lessons on Falling

The most difficult thing for me to witness as a parent is my Em taking a tumble, let alone tumbling down playground equipment.  Yep, happened on Sunday.  Yep, happened as soon as I gave her some breathing room and stopped hovering at the “Gitta” (her name for the playground).  She was climbing up the ladder apparatus in Read More …

Thankfulness

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to those of you who have reached out to me privately by email when I “launched” this blog.  A few day’s ago in Dante’s Prayer, I wrote about the isolation of the writer.  Your kind words and encouragement or the comments you post here help Read More …

Epiphanies on Truth and the Creative Parent

I have had two epiphanies in the last 24 hours: the first is that keeping a public journal (this blog) is part of my daily practice of learning to write more clearly and from a genuine place, and the second is that being a mother is a daily expression of creativity. And I cannot help Read More …

Story of the Week – Wks 5 & 6

I am well aware that I missed posting a story last week.  I confess that my creative energies last week went towards getting my vegetable gardens planned, laid out and dug in, not to mention some landscaping measurements around the house.  That investment still does not get me off the hook, so I am posting two Read More …

Unlocking the Inner Child

As dusk gives way to night on this my second day of a silent retreat, I am feeling blessed.  I have a renewed understanding of my role as a co-creator with The Creator.   I am staying in The Hermitage at the Franciscan Monastery and the quiet of this place (if you discount the constant police Read More …