As the one-year anniversary of the release of my childhood memoir, resilient, approaches, one of my editors keeps asking me how I feel. But the truth is, I don't feel any single emotion. And when I look back on the journey that writing, editing, and releasing this memoir into the world has been, I see … Continue reading resilient: A Year in Review
Photo by Huyen Pham on Unsplash Since I started writing again several years ago, I’ve received comments on social media and blog posts, direct messages via social media, and even emails from my readers about how a particular piece of my writing impacted them, what thoughts my words inspired. I’ve been honored to be a … Continue reading Dear Katherine…
My First Time
Photo by Lee 琴 on Unsplash What do you think of when you hear the words “my first time”? I expect some people will flash back to that very first time they had consensual sex. Some may be propelled back in time to the first time they were assaulted. Perhaps others who are acquainted with … Continue reading My First Time
Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash In the introduction to my memoir, resilient, I talk about how there’s so often a story behind what people like or don’t like, whether it’s food or colors or flowers or weather or locations or words. And that’s the thing, really… we all have these stories that make up … Continue reading Canned Peas
Dear Society (or why I wrote my memoir)
Photo by Florian Klauer on Unsplash Chanel Miller wrote the words below in her memoir, Know My Name, about societal expectations that we only focus on the positive, that we only tell the “happy” parts of our stories and shy away from anything unpleasant or uncomfortable. Anything that isn’t uplifting, heartening, inspiring. Anything that makes … Continue reading Dear Society (or why I wrote my memoir)
We are the Storm
Photo by Breno Machado on Unsplash If I had to label the way I engage in the writing process, I would say that I'm an intuitive writer. It’s as if I’m listening to a friend tell me a story about their life and I'm simply here to transcribe their words. I also follow my gut regarding which project … Continue reading We are the Storm
What’s Kintsugi Got to do With it?
My husband has a deep and abiding love of Japanese tattoos and sends me videos almost daily. So when my husband sent me a link to a video with “kintsugi” in the description a few months ago, I saw the name and made the assumption that since it was Japanese, it probably related to tattoos … Continue reading What’s Kintsugi Got to do With it?
Quest for Genre
I made the decision in January of 2018 to return to my childhood passion and life-long dream of being a writer when I was in the midst of reading Writing Ourselves Whole: Using the Power of Your Own Creativity to Recover and Heal from Sexual Trauma by Jen Cross and I knew exactly what to … Continue reading Quest for Genre