Word by Word

Creating myself one word at a time.


This quote made its way around work the other day. It now hangs on the wall where I can read it everyday. It is a beautiful image, the bright shining thing in each of us. Do all the other things, the ambitious things–travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose …

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Emily Dickinson

It’s January 30. This has been a difficult winter. I know I’m not the only one out there who is ready for Old Man Winter to head back home. I’m not sure if it was the two inches of unexpected snow I woke up to the other morning, the howling Oklahoma wind or the forecasted …

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Road Construction

Used with permission from Indiana Public Media.

The road to success is always under construction.”

–Lily Tomlin

January 17, 2014

Mabel Normand with a mirror

The last two posts to this blog have been about wrapping up one year and looking forward to the next. My last post, one word resolution, was really about setting goals. I’ve always preferred goals to resolutions. I’m not sure I could point out why. I tend to be a little anti-establishment, so I just …

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Anne Lamott“Try not to feel sorry for yourselves when you find the going hard and lonely. You seem to want to write, so write. You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, willing to create a place where your imagination can wander.”

Anne Lamott

**This will be my motto through the coming months of NaNoWriMo. Here is to shitty first drafts!

September 27, 2013

Family in tent

I love history. There are many things about studying history that I love. One thing I love is trying to grasp where humanity as been, understanding the way events and knowledge work together. My love of history has married with my love of creative writing, which is why I tend to write historical fiction. In …

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“How do I know what I think until I see what I say?”–E.M. Forster


By Dora Carrington (1893–1932) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

September 20, 2013

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

“You invent fiction, but what you invent it out of is what counts. True fiction must come from everything you’ve ever known, ever seen, ever felt, ever learned.”–Ernest Hemingway

September 13, 2013

I found this little gem while researching for my novel. It comes from a collection of Caroline Henderson’s writings in a book called Letters from the Dust Bowl. “In reality, education can only be attained by personal effort, and should be for each a continuing process, ending only with life itself, or possibly then just …

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