Writing is Life

A happy spot in my garden. (Credit: Theresa Duncan) Family in the time of Corona Bent over the garden bed, pulling weeds in my pajamas, I waited for a video call from my daughter. I waited there, keeping busy, because she enjoys seeing the flowers and the blue, Montana sky of her old home. She …

The Only Way to Succeed at Writing

I read a lot of books about writing.  Some books are like old friends; others are like task masters.  Whether I find comfort on the page, a passage I’d marked that once spoke to me and often still does, or whether I find instruction of the do-this- don’t-do-that variety, books about writing lie everywhere in …

Time Off

When the going gets tough... Dear readers, I am still writing, as I sit at my husband's bedside. PBC and hepatocellular cancer are completing their destruction of his body. Often I stare, memorizing his face. When the lights are off and there are only shadows, I run my hands over his, memorizing every crease, every …

Writing? In the Summer?

Building Your Writing Practice - Workout Wednesday The tyranny of the urgent often seems to be a guiding force in my life.  Especially in summer, there is always something pressing that needs doing right now:  watering the wilting flower baskets, picking up prescriptions in town, pick up at the CSA, going to Farmers Market, mowing …