The winter darkness of a newborn year

Posted on Dec 31, 2015 in Blog

I am tempted, sitting here on the tails of an old year, inching toward the new, to say good riddance to 2015. I am so ready to be done with this year–so ready to call it over, to put it behind me, to forget. There are so many things about the past 365 days that […]

Part-Time Life, 2.0

Posted on Dec 18, 2015 in Blog

For the better part of 2015, I’ved in a state of limbo–not knowing whether my job was going to be permanent, not knowing whether writing–that is, the desire to do it, to keep doing it–was going to stay with me anymore, not knowing whether the life and relationships I’ve found and built for myself here […]

“Wild Life” wins First Runner Up in StoryQuarterly’s 2015 Fiction Prize

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog, News

My story, ‘Wild Life”, about a woman who lives in an apartment beneath a pair of married hyenas, has won 1st Runner Up in StoryQuarterly’s 2015 Fiction Prize. Huzzah! The prize was judged by Mat Johnson, and the story will appear in the next issue of StoryQuarterly, out early next year. I forgot, I think, […]

Questions to ask

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 in Blog

A friend sent me a link to this poem last night, published over on the stellar GUTS Magazine, and it is resonating so deeply inside of me today. If I had read it earlier in the year–perhaps some things would have been different. It’s by the marvelous Kaitlyn Boulding: Questions to ask yourself before giving […]

Reading at St. Jerome’s University

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 in Blog

Tomorrow I’ll be reading at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, as part of The Reading Series at St. Jerome’s — and I am very excited about it! Their theme this year is Alternate Realities. Which means, of course, that I get to read something weird. Which is awesome. Have I mentioned — VERY EXCITED. See […]

Big Magic, big dreams (Or, How Elizabeth Gilbert Saved My Life, Again)

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 in Blog

One of the things that’s been nicest about coming back to myself–or approaching myself, anyway, the way you might approach an old friend that you haven’t seen in years and are afraid won’t recognize you, or will be disconcerted by what and who you’ve become–has been the re-appearance of dreams. Big dreams, capital D. The […]

When the ground opens, and the sun comes out.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 in Blog

I’ve been thinking about this post for a while, coming as it does at the end/beginning of a lot of things. End(ish) of a dark time, beginning of a new one, end(ish) of one year, beginning(ish) of another. A new website (yay!),  a new focus, a renewed sense of optimism and joy. So much sadness, […]

Not writing anymore, and other possibilities

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 in Blog

I don’t know where to start here, most days. I have been trying hard each day to look at good things that happen, to list five things to myself each night before I go to bed. Today a coworker bought me coffee. Today I took a patient to the opposite side of the hospital because […]

The Long Hard Mend

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 in Blog

“One day,” a close friend said to me a week or so ago, “you’ll look back on this time, and see how much you learned. How much growing you did, and how all of it helped you become the person that you needed to be.” Why can’t I be that person now, I think. Why […]

Wherever and whenever you stop digging

Posted on May 25, 2015 in Blog

“220. Imagine someone saying, “Our fundamental situation is joyful.” Now imagine believing it.  221. Or forget belief: imagine feeling, even if for a moment, that it were true. […] 235. … Perhaps it would help to be told that there is no bottom, save, as they say, wherever and whenever you stop digging. You have […]