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Taking Inventory

This is a photograph of the entry I made in my fancy agenda on March 29, 2016--one year ago today. I had begun the year with the intention of drawing one picture in each day's box to represent something significant that had taken place that day. The drawings began as miniature watercolors, then morphed to pen and ink drawings, then morphed to nice pencil drawings. By March they had morphed into just basic pencil sketches, and...

Fishing

Not to brag or anything, but the first fish I ever caught was pretty big. A "boca grande," my father called it. He had baited the hook for me and taught me how to cast the line, then left me sitting on the side of the pond with instructions to be very quiet and very patient while he wandered over to check his other lines. I sat for a long time there on that patch of...

Happy Reaping

Tonight I submitted my first of two Final Projects of the semester. Four personal essays that are far better than any writing I have ever produced. No fewer than seven drafts each. Hours and hours of painstaking revisions and every word, every comma, every dot of every i is exactly where I want it, exactly where it needs to be.   Since the semester began I have written several papers and also a handful of submittable pieces,...

School Doodles

This past Monday was my first day of school! I had been looking forward to it ever since I received my acceptance letter back in the spring, and during these last couple of weeks I was starting to get butterflies, even though the courses I'm taking are all online. On Monday afternoon, though, when I logged in to the virtual classroom and discovered our first "lectures" and assignments, I felt downright giddy. I love school!   Can I afford to take...

Home Stretch

I have received incredibly insightful, meticulous, and sincere feedback from my beta readers. I am fortunate to have these people in my life and so grateful to them for helping me make this book the best it can possibly be before sending it off to an agent. My next draft, officially number three and the one I intend to submit, is going to be ever so much more powerful than the first two! I can't...