Happy New Year!

It's a new year, and we've got some fun things to look forward to this year! So, in keeping with tradition, here are my goals, plans, and hopes for 2023! So let's start with the definite stuff. I've got a grant with the City of Roanoke's Year of the Artist program to execute! You can... Continue Reading →

A 2022 Re-cap

It's the end of another year, which is kind of baffling! This year has gone by super quickly. Let's take a look at what I've accomplished this year, for my own sanity! In January-ish I made a post detailing my goals for 2022. The TL;DR of that post is: Finish a draft of Alabaster Futurescapes... Continue Reading →

Announcing: Marquee in Verse

It's fall, soon to be winter, and here in Southwest Virginia everything is dying back. Yet I've planted some new seeds in anticipation of spring and National Poetry Month, thanks to the generous funding of the City of Roanoke and the National Endowment of the Arts. In April of 2023, I will be coordinating a... Continue Reading →

Writerly updates

I haven't done a personal check-in post in a while, so I thought I would drop in to provide some updates. My wordcount has been pretty depressed this year, which isn't really surprising. Some of the reasons for this are personal, some professional, but the big elephant in the room has been trying to get... Continue Reading →

Salt and Lemons: The Amalfi Coast

When people talk about going to Italy, they travel for the art, the history, the landscapes and the pasta. And yet, what I most want to talk about is the lemons. After leaving Pompeii, we headed to Minori, a small town on the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is the kind of place you film... Continue Reading →

The Impromptu Italy Adventure

Earlier this year, a friend from college reached out to me to say she was getting married. I was excited! Where was the wedding? Italy, she said. As some of you may remember, I took three months away last year, an exorbitant amount of time that required more than a bit of finagling, to explore... Continue Reading →

Reading Round-up: May 2022

May has been very busy, but I got some good reading in. There were so many titles I didn't get to this month that I'm very excited about, so look forward to the June post (assuming I can read a little faster!) The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin I loved this book. The Lotus Palace... Continue Reading →

Last Exit and Choosing Hope

Sometime in the past couple of years someone said, in an Instagram Story or a Tiktok or some other ephemeral medium, something that stuck with me: "You can't see the end of the path until you walk it." The person in question was talking about the environmental movement, about how it seems impossible to adapt... Continue Reading →

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