listens to yours…What would happen if one woman told the truth abouther life?The world would split open…
Muriel Rukeyser, from Käthe Kolwitz
The truth about my life:
I try to make sense of the world by writing. Inquiring. Composing.
I struggle to balance work and family.
How often do I write? All the time.
How often do I laugh with my family? All the time.
Do I find time to read a book about the craft of writing? Every few weeks.
How often do I see my parents? Every few weeks.
When do I sit down, write deeply, and edit past work? At least once a week.
How often do I babysit my grandchildren? At least once a week.
How often do I question whether I should spend time stringing together words as art when someone dies of starvation, or illness, or loneliness, every day, every hour? Every minute.
How often am I humbled with gratitude for sharing my life with a man who understands what I’m trying to say? Every second.
I’m not a politician, not a business entrepreneur, not a monk, not a soldier,
not asleep. I’m a human being writer, teacher, speaker, with a wild imagination for a kinder, gentler, more respectful tomorrow.
“Share what you have,” my mama always said.
So, I write.
Have I taught anyone how to do this thing called writing?
Yes. I’m a story coach helping ordinary humans record their lives. I’ve worked with amateur writers on projects as short as one to three important moments of a life, or something as ambitious as a full biography of the writer and ancestors that runs several hundred pages.
I also taught writing at the university level for almost ten years. Some of my favorite courses were:
- Introduction to Creative Writing
- Writing Diverse Cultures
- Writing Creative Nonfiction
- Composing Self: How and Why Writers Create Persona for Rhetorical Effect
- Writing About Food
- Writing About Place
- Writing the Truth
- Writing the Memoir
- Composing New Media
Am I a good literary citizen?
Yes. Being a good literary citizen means I support other writers, literary journals, and independent bookstores. Once I started a small literary journal called dirtcakes. With a staff of dedicated volunteers, we put out four issues, each one dedicated to exploring themes suggested by the UN Millennium Development goals to end extreme poverty. We published writers and photographers representing more than 15 countries. I just discovered you can still buy copies on Amazon, though I’ve yet to figure out who makes the money on what sells. It makes me smile to know the journal is still available.
What else do I do? I hold a certificate in Mindfulness training and I’m an ordained wedding officiant.
I’m a public speaker for the Orange County Human Relations #HateFreeOC campaign.
I bake really good sourdough bread from scratch. And I’m alive.
Reach out and say hey! Share, or ask for, a book recommendation. Request that I read from my work and offer a short writing workshop. I look forward to hearing from you.