Muscle memory

Zaimu Challenge
If you don't use it, you lose it. People say this often about second language learning, and really, most everything except riding a bicycle. It's true, too, about blogging. For years I had a regular blogging practice, changing format, tone and location whenever I was ready for a change. In the past couple of years, my blogging has gotten more sporadic after dramatic shifts in my daily routines. Sometimes I miss it, but I'm not quite sure what to say. So I think about blogging, but leave the page blank. Beginning April 28, I started a blogging challenge. My goal is to blog something every day through early June. The early going has proven as challenging as I expected it might be. I do expect as time goes on, I'll write…
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New Moon, New Start

Personal Narrative
It's been a long time. I shouldn't have left you... Keep going if you know the words. Meanwhile, I'll just bob my head and smile. It has been a while. And since I've last appeared in this space, I've been out and about in the world collecting experiences. My most recent one was a glorious trip to Sesimbra, Portugal with my cousins. I may write more about that later. [caption id="attachment_3311" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Brown beauties in Portugal.[/caption] Today I'm dusting off the blog to say hello. It's fall in the western hemisphere and it's a new moon. And y'all know I love a good reason any reason for a fresh start. After this hiatus, I've got a lot on my mind. Some of it I'll share here, but other things I may share…
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Blog Tour: My Writing Process

Writer's Craft
I can’t lie. I shimmied when I received Tayari’s invitation to the blog tour. I’ve admired and appreciated her since the release of her wonderful book, Silver Sparrow. I met her via Twitter, and because she was so warm and engaging, I bought the book and attended her book signing in Athens, Georgia. Gracious and welcoming, she shared her wisdom, time and friends with me that day. So the purpose of this blog tour is to showcase the ways writers engage in the writing process. To that end, bloggers answer four questions and pass the baton to two others. The questions and my responses are below: What are you working on? I’m in the early stages of a short story. I’ve not written very many of those, and in fact,…
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In the home stretch

30 Day Blog Challenge
It's always an interesting exercise to blog every day for 30 days. As the month wears on, it gets alternately easier and more challenging. Mostly easier. I look back and realize there were a couple of interesting posts in the jumble of freewrites, last-minute entries, and comments on other people's writing. That's nice to see. I have a little over a week in this particular challenge, and as usual, I'm thinking about my public vs. private writing. The things I want to write about and the things I end up blogging are often different. I have mixed feelings about this. But as this is my fourth time engaging in this sort of daily blogging practice and my findings have been the same each time, I'm going to act on the…
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Midway check-in

30 Day Blog Challenge, 30 in 30 April
Blue skies swirl to pink lights. Fade to gray. It's dusk. I missed the blood moon eclipse last night, but I'm enjoying the sunset tonight. I've been sweeping away cobwebs, opening taps, stretching writing muscles. This is blog entry #15 in 15 days, and as usual, I'm glad I opted for the challenge. Also as usual, there are pros and cons to posting every day. But the benefits outweigh the drawbacks and I'm glad to get back into a writing rhythm. I've tried different approaches, but none seem to work as well as writing everyday. Writing everyday doesn't mean publishing my writing everyday, and that's the balance I'll work on once we enter May. For now, I shall continue with my daily entries. To strive even higher, to do even…
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April Fool Freewrite

30 Day Blog Challenge, 30 in 30 April
There's been a lot on my mind in recent weeks. Days. Hours. Even just now as I started to write this entry, I decided against any number of topics and decided to simply say hello. Hello! I'm being indecisive, but I'm almost sure this is my first entry in another #30in30. Once in a while I challenge myself to blog every day for a month. Here are the entries from my previous forays. Generally I decide on a whim and just go for it. I've felt a little stuck with my writing lately. No shortage of ideas, but time is at a premium as of late. Maybe this will help me work around and through a few things. Here's to the ride. You coming along?  
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New Year’s Eve

Personal Narrative, Text Talk
It's here. The last day of 2013. Can you believe it? I awoke to find an email from WordPress, detailing the milestones and stats for the year. My top posts included a brief remembrance of my mother, Marla's narrative on living with lupus, and the introduction of the Joy Jar - a beautiful idea I may revisit in the coming year. I also began writing about sexual violence and I spent a good deal of time pondering a theory of love, something I plan to do a great deal more of in 2014. My thinking and writing are always evolving and it's enlightening to see what resonates from month to month and year to year. I hope you'll continue to join me on the journey. Wherever you are in space and time,…
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Top posts for September

30 Day Blog Challenge
Here are the top posts from last month's 30in30 challenge: September is my mom's birth month. She was on my mind, and subsequently, on my blog. Early in the month, I wrote about the Barnes and Noble she never had the chance to enjoy. Later, on her birthday, I shared a co-worker's wisdom about mothers and grief. In short, losing a mother can leave you broken-hearted, even a decade later. I talked about vulnerability and learning to be "intentionally transparent" with the one you love. Easy to want, but often hard to do. It boils down to being honest with yourself first. That level of honesty and clarity about myself and my needs is at the root of an emotional wellness strategy I learned in September. Emotional wellness is important, but wellness extends…
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You are the sunshine of my life…

30 Day Blog Challenge
The blogosphere can be a cheerful place, and one of the things I like best about it is how fellow bloggers cheer each other on. We do this by commenting on posts and amplifying favorite posts across social media. We also give kudos and encouragement by nominating each other for awards. In her entry yesterday, Alexis nominated me for a Sunshine Award. The requirement for this award? Another blogger simply enjoying my blog! It's a sweet sentiment and a nice reminder that although people aren't always visible or vocal, they're still reading. Sunshine Award recipients have duties: Include the Sunshine Award logo (above) in your blog post. Link to the person who nominated you. Answer these 10 questions about yourself (below). Nominate 10 bloggers and let them know by leaving…
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Hello, July.

Personal Narrative
If you've been around these parts for a bit, you know I tend to blog in spurts. I'll go for a few weeks of daily posting and then go off the grid allegedly to work on other things. Generally speaking, I have good reasons for taking breaks. Eventually, those good reasons fade away into habitual neglect and I find myself wondering when I'm going to start back up again. Dormancy/ recuperation is one thing. Neglect/ atrophy is something else entirely. The past couple of weeks in particular, my refusal to blog or write offline has felt more like the latter than the former. I enjoy blogging when I'm actually blogging, so it seems today is the day to get back to it. I've been mulling quite a few topics in…
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