Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cowboy Up, Sugar!

Hi everyone,
Good news: my short story "Cowboy Up, Sugar" is going to be appearing in the Mid-American Review's 30th anniversary issue this March. Check out the review here:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Teaching Fiction

For all of you who asked: yes, I will be teaching fiction again in the near future. I was asked to teach a fiction workshop for the Summer Writer's Institute at Washington University this summer. I believe the dates are June 14-June 25. Come to St. Louis if you get a chance. The program is reasonably priced, and I'll be here, of course. I can't wait!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I miss the hills but I'll see them soon...

I have to tell you: I am absolutely unable to contain myself because I get to go home to Wisconsin in two weeks and I haven't been back in over three years now, before Ava was born! Since then, my father and stepmom have moved from our house, which overlooked the river valley, to the Springs, which I used to run past when I was training for cross country in high school and college and which is equally beautiful and green. I never thought I would love Wisconsin so much, but here I am today dreaming about it more than I dream about my husband (sorry darling). This is not to say that I'm unhappy in St. Louis, but for me, it lacks the charm of hill country. I miss hearing the birds in the trees. I miss catching frogs in fields. I miss walking around barefoot. I miss seeing a lovely maple tree outside my bedroom window (as of now, I see an enormous transformer and a whole lot of concrete).

Most of all, I miss the sound of quiet. I miss the bird sisters, too.

Home: what an unsatisfactory word for all it really means. And yet, what would I do without it?

xoxo me

"These are the days when Birds come back/a very few/a Bird or two/to take a backward look."

"These are the days when Birds come back/a very few/a Bird or two/to take a backward look."