Change Without Changing: The Most Important Change of All #photochallenge

TILTThe photo challenge this week is about change: a still image that captures something in flux. I’ve chosen to┬áthink about this challenge a little differently. How can something change without changing? How can you tilt your brain and see something different, and why does it matter? What I have today isn’t actually a photo, so it’s kind of cheating, but it illustrates what I want to talk about..

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Thinking About Creativity: Two Grids and a Sign #photochallenge


This week’s photo challenge was to put the grid, the rectilinear structure in a photo, front and center. In this photo of a construction site there are two different grids, plus a sign, that resonated with my writing life and with creativity in general, so I decided to use this image for the challenge this week.

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The Lost Lamp: Life Gets in the Way #photochallenge

LampThe post lamp out by our front walk is drowning in plants.I had to take this shot from the second story just so it was visible at all. And you know what? The guiding light that’s been driving my writing is similarly buried in the thriving plants of the rest of my life. Here’s why this is okay for now, and how I plan to get back on the creative path.

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Connections: Four Ways Sailing is Like Writing #photochallenge

RiggingA boat under sail is a lovely thing: the white sails against the blue of the sky, slipping through the water quietly and surely. My husband is an avid sailor, so we spend weekends on our 35-foot sloop on Lake Ontario, and one thing I’ve learned is that there’s a LOT of complicated rigging going on behind the pretty sails, some of which you can see in this picture. As I took it I realized that there are lessons to be learned from the art of sailing that I can apply to my writing, so that my stories leap ahead and don’t founder. Here are four of these lessons. Continue reading

On Fiction Out of Its Time #reblog

Re-blog Each week I try to point my readers to blog deliciousness that appealed to me that week. This week’s reblog is called On fiction out of its time, and comes from the blog Sam Hawke Writes, written by a fellow named – surprise! – Sam Hawke. He raises an interesting and important question about reading well-loved old books to his young children. Should the text be updated to reflect modern mores and sensibilities? Modern language? How much change is needed, if any, and how much is too much? He doesn’t answer these questions (I suspect the answer will be different for each reader), but got me thinking interesting and complex thoughts. If yo care about children’s literature and about how books reflect their world, you’ll enjoy his discussion.