The Write Mindset (video presentation)

Do you ever feel like you are making progress, running at a steady pace and yet the finish line keeps moving further away? As I continue down the path of my novel-writing race, the last few days have felt that way, but I am moving forward, and I know my final revision is just a …

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Feel the fear, keep writing! (video presentation)

Trying new things can be uncomfortable, even terrifying. Especially when trying those things can happen in front of the whole wide world, like sharing a personal poem online! 😱 Sharing poetry, stories, and other writing online takes courage. I address that fear in my motivational video message, "Don't Let Fear Silence Your Writing Voice" (below). …

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the Write Path

My eyes are burning, and my legs are numb, but it is worth it because my first draft is done! What began as two short stories combined into one is now forty-five chapters (almost 85,000 words) written over the course of nineteen months. I wrote it, dreamt it, lived it, imagined it, read it, and …

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Little Secret

This poem, "Little Secret," is from my second poetry collection, Being a Woman - Becoming, illustrated by artist Sammi Lee. This version has been modified from my original poem, including additional lines added at the end. This is my empowered collection written with young adults in mind, however, this poem and the others contained in …

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Wish Upon a Star

Some little girls dream about becoming a princess or a famous actress. I am sure I did the same, at least once, but grander than any of those fleeting fantasies were my dreams of writing for people like Johnny Carson and for shows like Saturday Night Live. ✍🏻 What a funny little girl I was. …

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Property Dispute

Words, annoying when first heard, took a lifetime to reveal their worth. You are no one's property, is what she said, after seeing a possessive slogan, claiming that I was property of my first boyfriend, proudly displayed on my just made pin, attached to my shirt. Rolling eyes at the stern one who was not …

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Becoming You (video poem)

https://videopress.com/v/xGRi1bTi?resizeToParent=true&cover=true&preloadContent=metadata&useAverageColor=true My video poem, "Becoming You," is dedicated to young adults just starting their adult journey. If that person is you, best wishes on your life path: may you become all that you aspire to be. ✨ Note: My list of what "you may become" is long, but not exhaustive. Well, maybe a bit exhaustive. …

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Prickly Conversations (audio)

"Prickly Conversations" (audio - poetic prose) For several days (maybe more) your invites, I ignored. I do hear you, but I would rather not be bothered by the heat and your prickly thorns. “Grab your camera!” I hear you saying to me, “You must see my canvas, that the monsoons transformed.” Fine! I will go! …

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Traveling a Winding Road

Losing myself and finding myself, at the same time. How contradictory. How sublime. Have you experienced this? Do you understand? Maybe you felt it when touched by your lover’s gentle hand. Maybe it was revealed while you were pursuing your passions, allowing your mind to release all attachments. Maybe it spoke to you through words …

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Winding, Writing, and Wildflowers

Escape the heat and the concrete, I did. Writing and exploring in the Cascades, I am. A rental car with a “Start” button and cool jazz playing on the radio, lifted me higher and higher, to a narrow winding road, lined with tall trees, providing sanctuary for birds of prey (and for me, a grounded …

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