Just Different: Writing versus Typing

I love my laptop. I really do. It’s smooth-looking, lightweight, and typing on it makes me feel like a pro. But the other day when technical issues forced me to write by hand, I remembered why, for years, I didn’t want a portable computer: writing things out by hand is just different. I tried to…

The Writers’ Creed

  Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash   We are the holders of pens and the lovers of pages. We are the bangers of keys who multi-save to the cloud—just in case. We are the tellers of tales, the authors of essays, and the source of those greatly-needed grants. We are the screamers of poems. We are writers and…

Chaos, Order, and Transformation

When I came into into work this morning, I gasped. I had forgotten that there was a new show put up at the Racine Arts Council, Blase Masini’s Chaos & Order. It’s striking. But more than just something to look at, this show has true transformative power. It’s a completely different space down here! And…

A Picture is Worth 550-some Words: Results of A Creative Prompt

I’m so excited. This Saturday is my chance to actually meet you. And your chance to come down to the Racine Arts Council to meet the creator of this week’s inspirational prompt piece, Eric R. Peterson. Eric and all the artists involved in the Vital Arts show will be here at 409 Sixth Street in…

Inspiration is Everywhere

Have you ever felt like there was nothing inspiring to write about? I have too. But not lately! This gig as the Racine Writer-in-Residence just keeps getting better and better. I’ve been doing this for a while now, and feel like I’m really getting into a groove. Today, I’d like to invite you to groove…

Seven Things Every Writer Needs to Succeed

 Every writer is unique, but there are some things we tend to have in common. Following is a list of things you might consider getting into place if you want to succeed as a writer.     1. A clear definition of “success.” Many writers’ definition of success includes an audience or the money having an audience can bring….

Are You Still Thinking About Easter?

Are you still thinking about Easter? I am. I can’t walk into a store to grab a pound of ground chuck or pick up a prescription without being tempted by all the half-price candy. In the last couple of weeks leading up to and following the holiday, I have eaten three entire bags of Starburst…