Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Voices Project Publication

My poem, "Languages, First and Last," was featured today on the Voices Project.

Read it here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Two poems in the Fredericksburg Literary & Art Review

The gorgeous Spring 2016 edition of the Fredericksburg Literary& Art Review went live today-- stop by and check it out.

It includes two of my poems, "Medicine Wheel," and "I Scream, You Scream."

Right now, the publication is available to view online, but next week, it will be available for print on-demand. Keep an eye on the FLAR website for updates!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Major Life Events

Since I started writing this blog, I have shared some pretty major stuff with ya’ll: nervous breakdowns, graduations, kidney transplants, book releases, job changes.  

Now I have another one to share with you: Patrick has been offered a job in Destin, FL, which he’s accepted. 

We are leaving Kansas City the weekend of May 14. This is quite a game changer for us-- we’ve never lived anywhere outside our beloved little corner of flyover country. When I was a kid, I always dreamt of traveling, of settling down someplace exotic. (I don’t know if Destin qualifies for everyone, but it’s definitely exotic to me.) When I graduated from high school, I watched as friends went off and got to experience exciting new cities while I stayed behind, wrestling with health stuff and life stuff.  

I’ve continued to wrestle with these things, even up to this day. But Patrick and I are as healthy as we can possibly be at the moment. This is our chance, and we’re taking it.  

A clean slate-- quite literally. It’s so expensive to move everything, we are only taking what we can fit in our two cars. (Mainly: clothes, cats, computers, and some cooking utensils.) Everything else, we’ve either sold or donated. 

So a grand adventure awaits us on the Gulf Coast: new jobs, new friends, and new opportunities. I’m both nervous and excited.  

As for writing-- for those of you so patiently awaiting the completion of the O4S series, Coyote and I will continue our Friday night jam sessions via Skype. Coyote and I been friends for 11 years now, writing together for 9. All those major life events I mentioned above? We’ve managed to weather those together. I think we can handle this one. I’m also hoping the new challenges and the change of scenery will help jog my creative juices. I’ve been in a bit of a rut for almost two years. So we’ll see what happens.  

Here’s to seizing the day! If such opportunities ever come your way, I hope you seize them too.