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Little victories

I have been haunted today by David Brower. “All of our victories are temporary, and all of our defeats are permanent.” I understand where that comes from, the particular context in which it was first said and what it meant, but it’s such a sweeping, compelling statement that it’s easy…

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Velykos

Reposting an undergrad piece from 2007 on this quiet Easter morning. How the patterns of our lives do tend to come around and come around again. Linksmų Velykų dieną, y’all. It is Saturday night. Outside, it’s snowing; in the kitchen, bread is rising. Twice rising. Brioche and boule, for sunrise…

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Music and memory

A close friend posted on Facebook last night, Have your musical tastes changed as you age? Have you developed appreciation for music as you’ve grown older that you didn’t love when you were younger? What a fun question! It ties in to thoughts about building playlists for writing and soundtracks…

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Writing routine

So a friend asked about writing routines, spaces, and discipline on Facebook, and it’s something I’ve been kicking around some thoughts about for a while now anyway. I’ve been writing for a long time, with varying degrees of intentionality*, but it has only been in the last eighteen months that…

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Serendipity

I am reading Terry Tempest Williams on the train, a dozen roses lying on the seat across from me. Her new book, The Hour of Land, is a meditation on the history and majesty of our national parks, a plea for the future, but also a gift of stories: the…

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ZERO DRAFT Y’ALL

On June 1, 2015, I finished the (spectactularly wretched and amateur) zero draft of Sanctuary and, laughing, promised John I would take a break. And then surreptitiously wrote just one scene – just one scene! – of the sequel the next morning, almost making myself late to work in the process.

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