–When I write, I like to practice what Emily Dickinson suggested about telling the truth. That is, to “tell the truth, but tell it slant.”
–I prefer to write my beginning drafts with a blue medium point Bic ballpoint pen on loose leaf college ruled notebook paper. The problem is, college ruled is wider these days then when it was several years ago. I know this because I measured it against the paper I used to use.
–I’m terrified of bees and dogs. This seems to come up in my writing frequently.
–Sometimes what I write gets published in magazines. My work has appeared in Christian School Teacher, The Banner, and Christian Home and School.
–While I love to read, I don’t think I could pick out a favorite book. However, my favorite storyteller was my elementary school librarian, Mrs. Lewendowski. When she read us stories, she was very careful with the pages as she turned them. She never licked her fingers or whipped them over so they made a cracking sound. She took good care of words. On an early spring morning, when we kids were on the brink of adolescence, and the chairs we sat in to hear stories year after year became uncomfortable to sit in, she told us to look outside at the buds on the trees. She wanted us to notice their growth as we walked home from school each day. “Things are changing,” she told us. That seemed significant, and I’ve tried to take note of things ever since.
-I am a graduate student working on my MFA in Creative Nonfiction through Seattle Pacific University.
You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org