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Making Lemonade

Channeling Anxiety into Productivity and Creativity

I love those funny YouTube videos: stress/anxiety as a person that follows you around and ruins your day. It’s a cute analogy. If my anxiety was a person, she wouldn’t be the all-in-black, vampiric, nightmare that usually comes to mind. If my anxiety was a person, she’d be a Mary-Sue. A bright, peppy, middle-aged white […]

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Three Tips to Improve Your Writing

Without Writing 

I used to think that writing was somehow a gift and you were just supernaturally blessed with the mystical power of word manipulation or you weren’t. As a cocky teenager, eager to be better at something than everyone else, I believed I was blessed with that power. But for years I wrote, and stopped, and […]

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Burnt Pancakes

And Eating Them Anyway

I hope no one ever reads my first novel. Besides my husband, who sat with me through each budding phase of its creation, with enough patience that he should be indoctrinated into the hall of saints. The patron saint of my neurosis maybe. I hope no one ever sits down, reads my first-attempt, and thinks: […]

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