The Witch

As a young girl, I wanted to be a witch. They were mystical and wise. People came to them for help. Most importantly, witches had magic. They could conjure spells, brew potions, and divine the future. In short, they effected real change with power, knowledge and will. Who wants to be a princess when that's … Continue reading The Witch

Red Civility and the Wolf of Rudeness

“I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.” –Edmund Burke   I’ve been thinking about Little Red Riding Hood—specifically the scene where she confronts her “grandmother” about her new look.   “Oh Grandmother, what big … Continue reading Red Civility and the Wolf of Rudeness

Losing it

I’ve been thinking about loss and fairy tales lately. It’s the prologue to most stories, shaping the hero’s or heroine’s current misfortune. Be they motherless, fatherless, or orphans loss is the beginning of a story in fairy tales. Disney has made this fact into a cliché. It’s been joked that Frozen didn’t become a true … Continue reading Losing it

Community in the Wilderness: Searching for a Writer’s Group in the Wilds of the Web

“Why did you start a blog?” It’s a question I get asked periodically by people who don’t write blogs. The honest answer is “platform”. It’s one of those buzzwords you can’t escape if you go to conferences, subscribe to newsletters, and generally stay abreast of the latest in writing and publishing. You hear it often … Continue reading Community in the Wilderness: Searching for a Writer’s Group in the Wilds of the Web