Love it / Hate it: an Infinite Combination of a Mere Twenty-Six Letters

Today.  On my way to Seattle.  I'm venturing out into the outside world for the first time in a very long while.  I haven't had much to write about lately because I haven't experienced much except for the inside of my own head which sits atop my body which has been, for the last six months, confined to a small bedroom at my mother's. Let me back up here and say that I've been uninhabiting the world quite on purpose.  I've been in what I call Creation Mode which requires an extremely heavy … [Read more...]

Why We Love the Olympics

While I watched the opening ceremonies I wondered what it was that compels the whole world to care so much, still, this far into the future of the original Olympic games?  Why are we so enchanted?  After all these years, why are we still a captive audience?  Regardless of the history, regardless of culture or country, humanity as a whole seems to need these games. In May 2013 I spent five days with a group of American students at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.  For five days … [Read more...]

Autumn in Tuscany – A Writing Retreat for the Senses

Disconnect* so you can reconnect. September 14-19, 2014 Spend 5 days and 6 nights in a Tuscan farmhouse nestled in the Chianti region of Italy.  Immerse yourself in the Tuscan landscape, local food, fresh air.  Limber up during daily morning yoga and let your writing be transformed.  Fiction and nonfiction workshops will be held by me and Dulcie Witman, MFA, fiction writer and advice columnist.  Other activities available onsite include hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, Vespa … [Read more...]