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New Year News

I’m a little late for the new year, but 2016 still feels new to me–the plants have retreated deep into their bodies, the rabbits huddle under my porch, and the season hasn’t shifted into dynamic springtime yet. Still winter. Still new. I’ve retreated, too. I finished my MFA in December, and left Laramie and my beautiful community there  for a more remote part of Wyoming.   Since late January, I’ve been living on a ranch in northern Wyoming. I live alone and work for the ranch and I write. Mostly, I spend my time alone–writing, running, reading, cooking, walking. It’s a good post-MFA writer’s life, for a little while. An idea incubator and maybe a human (me) reboot. More about the ranch later. But for now, NEWS: I was featured on an episode of Willow Belden’s incredible podcast, Out There! The episode is my essay about failing a thru-hike. Check it out here. Also in January, I had my own episode on HumaNature, the podcast I produced! To bid me farewell, they featured my story about working at …

Creative Sunday Afternoon

For a creative Sunday afternoon, you will need tea, and the sun to come through just right onto the flowers in a jar on the table. You will need to feel a little sleepy from the night before, when you stayed out late, when you wore a beautiful dress, when you smiled and clinked glasses with the others, when you felt alive and young. You will need a book, something slow and contemplative, maybe poetry or a book about religion or meditation or a canonical novel or a literary magazine or an anthology. You will need a notebook, something you can write in. You will need it to have large pages for splashy ideas and room to draw lines and arrows and upside-down lists. You will need a yellow pencil. You will need a seat that is soft and swingy. Finally, you will need to close your laptop, and swing in the soft chair, and set your teeth around your pencil, and open your book.