A rant in no particular order. 1. I need to lose weight for health reasons (blood pressure, cholesterol, stress on the joints, etc.). I’m not so enlightened that I’d be sorry to […]
On the Writing Process
I don’t believe there is a strategy that guarantees success, and the things we are so often told to do—because successful writers do them—may not be universal. That is, we think they’re successful strategies because successful writers engage in them, but what if they just work particularly well for those particular writers? What if our own individual processes must be designed specifically for us, an extension of who we are and also a creation of our own weird and wondrous imaginations?
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A Laugh for Boxing Day
It’s December 26th—Boxing Day in the U.K.—and my English husband is at work. Here in America, it seems, one day off for Christmas is enough. In England, Boxing Day means shopping, visiting […]
Take a Class with a Siren!
Friends and readers, I’m offering a 4 week online class in poetry starting January 30th! It’s about embracing your “inner weird” and includes exercises to find that unique perspective only you can […]
Don’t Be Like Me: Take the Help, Dummy
One of the dumbest things I have ever done in my career as a poet was to waste the opportunity to get feedback on my poems from two advanced-career poets who actually […]
Dear Holiday Season
Thanks for lights in the dark afternoons and evenings. Thanks for people saying “Happy holidays,” because it takes a little more thought and goodwill to say those things than the regular “Have […]
Why I Can’t Write
I am a writer, and I am drowning in time. I am actually drowning in different types of time, and I don’t know, really, which is first, or more important, or more […]
Looking for Hope
A review of ROBOTS WILL STEAL YOUR JOB BUT THAT’S OK: HOW TO SURVIVE THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE AND BE HAPPY I picked up this book because despite it being from 2012—ancient in […]
The Worlds We Live In
I am living on two levels these days. Or, I should say, these days more than I ever used to. On one level, I’m sitting on the couch, typing on my computer, […]
Will Making Art Make You Suicidal?
Are artistic people prone to suicide and depression? Does being a writer cause despair? Is there anything we can do about it? Listen as two award-winning writers and writing professors discuss the […]