Happy Thursday, friends! Coming at you late is our Writer Tip “Wednesday”: Overcoming Impostor Syndrome! You can do this, and you should do this, because you want to write for a reason. Keep going. … Read More Writer Tip Thursday: Say “Goodbye” to Impostor Syndrome. You Want to Write for a Reason.
Happy Writing Prompt Wednesday! Here is my poem and the prompt I used to write it, plus a little love for Ecopoetics. Enjoy!… Read More New Poem “In Nature” & The Prompt Behind It
Happy Writing Prompt Wednesday! Here is my latest poem, “A Sleeping Octopus Changes Color While Dreaming,” and the writing prompt behind it. Give it a try, and send it to me for a read! … Read More “A Sleeping Octopus Changes Color While Dreaming” & The Prompt Behind It
Here’s a quick snapshot of my Labor Day weekend! The Good Place, IT, reading poetry, and compiling my poetry manuscript! … Read More A Night of Building a Manuscript & Reading Poetry
Happy New Year, friends! Here is my word for 2019, why I chose it, and what I hope to do with it. What’s your word for 2019? … Read More Happy New Year! What’s the Word for 2019?
Hi friends! Happy Thursday. I hope you had a really wonderful holiday mid-week and are finding yourselves back in the full swing of things. The last few days, since celebrating my birthday, my anniversary, and the 4th of July, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and a far bit more writing than I… Read More Reading Stephen King & Writing Horror Shovels
Hello, everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend and are enjoying your Monday. Starting this week, I’m going to do something a little different. I’m back to writing every day, with a mixture of free-writing and prompt-driven writing. I’m going to share a poem each day that is driven by a prompt, followed… Read More “All My Things Are Empty Now” & The Prompt That Wrote It
Hello all! It’s been a while again, I know. I’ve been missing writing in the worse way but otherwise wrapped up in my new job, writing a new bio: McKenzie lives and writes in South Bend, where she works at Indiana University, etc. It’s been a blast, but I’ve only been writing what I… Read More big poem, small poem / new poem sure / longer poem, brighter poem / birds birds birds
Yesterday evening, I wrote a sort of long-time-no-see post, followed by a post that very well may have opened a huge door for me. I shared how a poem from my earlier writing life had hugely intersected with a specific incident from my day yesterday, and I came to a realization after sharing that… Read More Hey!! A New Feature is Coming to My Blog Very, Very Soon!!
I had a bit of a moment today, and I really have to share. In the picture to your left is my beautiful, nine-and-a-half-month old daughter, Cadence (yes, like the title), and she had her first turn on a swing today—one of those little, infant-safe ones on a backyard playground set. And then it… Read More First, She was a Poem: Cadence on the Swings
Hello, everyone! Needless to say, it’s been a while—sorry for the radio silence. As some of you know, I graduated this May with my MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan, and my life since then hasn’t quite been what you would have expected. As my younger self, I would have expected myself to have… Read More Writing My Summer Away: In the Early Days after My MFA
This is why I love reading: it opens so many doors. While reading Allan Peterson’s Precarious (published by 42 Miles Press, 2014), I began to consider less-than-common terms, synonyms that are so interesting and unique that we often do not use—for instance, why use the term “precarious” when we could just as easily say… Read More My Attempt at a Definition Poem while Reading Allan Peterson