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Writing Life

It’s Here!

In some magic world, launch day is the day to say wise, conclusive things about the importance of story and the importance of community and how wonderful it is to share our gifts with the world. HAHAHAHAHA.

By |December 14th, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories), Writing Life|9 Comments

The Magic of the Woods

I've just finished my October (sort-of) fast from social media. I let my phone sit out of reach. I didn't answer all my emails. I didn't produce as much content as I sometimes do, or get as much feedback in return. I disappear a little, when I do this. I turn right into wood, like my trees, and I turn into air like the wind that hugs them. It's a bittersweet magic. Sometimes I have the feeling that our life is such a fragile echo of old times, that it actually could completely disappear. It's like a secret garden, this [...]

By |November 1st, 2016|Little Yurt in the Big Woods (Stories), Writing Life|1 Comment

Love in Emoticons (and Other Thoughts About the Internet)

it is a huge part of my story -- a huge, crucial part of my story of becoming more myself and more whole and more human -- that I went for a year without the Internet. It is also a huge part of my story -- another huge, crucial part -- that I'm now the modern kind of off-grid homesteader, which means that electronics and electronic communication are integral to my daily life. Which is how it's true that I really can't go a day without emoticons.

By |September 20th, 2016|Writing Life|4 Comments

Strong Woman | Still Married (VIDEO)

This video didn't make it out on Thursday, but that's not the only thing that's unusual about it. I have so many times (especially lately) avoided getting into anything like "issues," and so often that's the right choice. But I have been convicted this week, both in person and in my heart, to use my voice for what it's for. Be prepared if you choose to watch this one that it may be hard listening, as true stories sometimes are. More than anything I want to clarify the distinction between upholding certain ideals and crucifying certain people. One of my [...]

By |September 9th, 2016|Writing Life|13 Comments

Big news, beautiful people

We slowed down and ate a lot of fried potatoes, and promptly TED released my TEDx talk on YouTube and Zondervan released my gorgeous book cover and Chris Verkerk found us a swarm. But it's cool, really. This is normal. It's just spring.

In Which This is a Change, But it Isn’t a Goodbye (at the Mudroom)

I cry every time I read this piece, partly because of the content and partly because it was easily 3 am when I finally got it posted. I've just been run too thin lately. I'm getting ragged.

By |February 10th, 2016|Messy Faith, Writing Life|0 Comments

When Your Birth is the Slow Kind (at the Mudroom)

I'm at the Mudroom today, talking about the book I've been writing for a thousand years.

By |December 17th, 2015|Writing Life|0 Comments

On Finding My True Gift

Those of you who have followed my blog forever, you're still my favorites. I love you most of all, Scarecrow.

By |December 3rd, 2015|Writing Life|14 Comments

In Gratitude For Reality TV (at the Mudroom)

I'm at the Mudroom today, with a shout out to all the reality TV producers, and their boundless energy, and the coffee that fuels them. Love to you, from here. (Seriously.)

By |November 9th, 2015|Writing Life|0 Comments

Happy Birthday, Church in the Canyon

My blog is three years old today.

By |October 14th, 2015|Writing Life|8 Comments

Why I Keep Going Off the Internet

The topic of screen over-saturation is hot right now. People are dropping off social media, coming back to it, trying to reframe it. It's not my first time at this parade.

By |September 27th, 2015|Writing Life|6 Comments

The One Best Answer to Feelings of Inauthenticity

I've been spending too much time lately wondering how other people see me.

By |September 19th, 2015|Writing Life|17 Comments