New Beginnings, New Opportunities, New Connections

Posted on January 4, 2021February 8, 2021Categories A Writer's Life, Arts Education, Creativity Coaching, Life, WritingTags , , ,   Leave a comment on New Beginnings, New Opportunities, New Connections

We made it to 2021! For me, the arbitrariness of the New Year doesn’t really change much. Still, it always becomes a reflection about the past 12 months, and a moment to dream of the future. We cannot deny that 2020 was a really bizarre, difficult year. We’ve all lost a lot. We’ve all experienced waves of emotion that range from utter defeat, to sadness, to anger, to joy, and everything in between. Some people achieved surprising success–finding agents, publishing … Continue reading “New Beginnings, New Opportunities, New Connections”

Writing, Not Writing, and Writing Again

Posted on September 17, 2019Categories A Writer's Life, LifeTags ,   Leave a comment on Writing, Not Writing, and Writing Again

When I first started blogging, I belonged to a tiny little writing group made up of two friends from the college where I was teaching. I was facing one of those unexpected challenges in life–my husband had tenure stolen from him (long story) and we couldn’t afford to live on my salary in the tourist town where we lived. I hadn’t been allowed to teach in my official field (theatre) but was doing pretty well teaching for writing, honors, and … Continue reading “Writing, Not Writing, and Writing Again”

P.O.W.ERful Surprises: Books Don’t Disappear

Posted on August 7, 2019August 7, 2019Categories A Writer's Life, Fiction, WritingTags , ,   Leave a comment on P.O.W.ERful Surprises: Books Don’t Disappear

Once upon a time I wrote a novel. It was published, people read it, and it received good reviews and was shortlisted for a couple of awards. I was (and still am) very proud of the book. But that isn’t enough to keep a book in the eyes of readers. Not if you don’t have a huge budget, a publicity team, and a recognizable name. For a while, as authors should do, I spent all my time promoting that book. … Continue reading “P.O.W.ERful Surprises: Books Don’t Disappear”

The Value of What We Do

Posted on March 29, 2019March 29, 2019Categories A Writer's Life, Arts Education, Lisa's SoapboxTags , ,   Leave a comment on The Value of What We Do

I had a truly awful night’s sleep. Seriously! Tossing, turning, struggling to find a comfortable position, getting hot, getting cold, having nightmares. Although, according to FitBit, I did manage a large chunk of sleep at the end of my night. It didn’t feel that way to me. I woke up sluggish, unmotivated, and struggling to push myself to do something. Anything. Fridays are my work days for myself. They are intended to do things like: Work on one of my … Continue reading “The Value of What We Do”

Thinking, Dreaming, Creating, Doing, Living

Posted on March 25, 2019Categories A Writer's LifeTags ,   Leave a comment on Thinking, Dreaming, Creating, Doing, Living

Anyone who has ever read anything I’ve written will recognize that I believe in the power of creativity to change the world. I also believe in the power of words. Frankly, the power of words (and creative “truth”) has been proven again and again recently, as people fall into the spin of words created by dishonest politicians that get reinforced by media who seem to care more about clicks and headlines than anything else. But this is not meant to … Continue reading “Thinking, Dreaming, Creating, Doing, Living”