1. There are no monuments to poetry editors. 2. Even if you’re not sure about the whole idea of God, it’s still a pretty good idea to pray every now...
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Riffing on Riff
This post is Riff’s 50th. We’ve only been around since late October of 2020, but already have posted some “Greatest Hits” with topics ranging from...
Green Mountain Trail
Isolation has always been my love language, but as soon as I’m stationed overseas (which happens A LOT) or told to social distance, I’m compelled to...
We Are Writers
Here early in this new year, I’m thinking of how much 2020 asked of us, not only in our day-to-day lives but in our writing lives as well. As I’ve...
I’ve just gotten an email. Hope fades like a rainbow as I scan to the part where they tell me that my story isn’t a good fit for the magazine and...
Seven Tips for Getting Up Early to Write (Even if You’re a Night Owl)
For many years, while I was working full time, I got up early to write before my kids woke up and things got hectic. As a die-hard night owl,...
In Praise of Working on Two Novels at the Same Time
A couple of years ago, I hit a wall with my debut novel, 142 Ostriches. I was so frustrated working on it that I literally felt nauseous when I...
Type So Hard You Bruise the Screen
In the late 1950s, Jack Kerouac typed out a list of thirty points describing his writing practice in a piece titled “Belief and Technique for Modern...