Write Until Something Surprises You

My fabulous prof, Leslie Pietrzyk, reminds us of this advice at every residency. It’s become one of my favorite mantras. (And apparently one of her favorite teachers, Richard Bausch, imparted those words of wisdom to Leslie. And thus, the circle continues…)

Things have been quiet here this week because my attention has been on getting all Christmasy things done. Shopping, wrapping, shipping, and decorating are all done! Huzzah! I even braved the mall yesterday, and let me tell you, that place was crazy. But not as crazy as Costco. Yeesh.

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I write speculative fiction inspired by mythos from around the world, complex family dynamics, and my own experiences living with mental illness. After earning my BA in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2008, I received my MFA in Creative Writing from Converse College in 2012. I live in Denver, where my husband and I spend countless hours chasing our three young sons (and sometimes catching them!). I collect tarot decks, dye my hair mermaid colors, and procrastinate by decorating my home. My debut novel, Feathers Sharp as Knives, releases on May 2, 2023.

7 thoughts on “Write Until Something Surprises You

  1. Oh, how I just laughed!

    I love the feeling of reading over something I wrote and thinking “wow, I did that?!”

    Christmas shopping is terrifying. I’m so glad mine’s finished!

  2. Wow, you are just so organized! We’re well into the gift-purchasing, but nowhere near finished! Decorations and lights are up, though–but that’s because I have a very willing and able 17 (nearly 18–eeek!) year-old daughter. :)

  3. Good advice! And somehow so rewarding when it pays off.

    Ugh, I do not want to go anywhere near a Costco for the rest of the month. I’m done with my shopping, though! Just waiting for one more gift to arrive in the mail. :-)

  4. Sometimes I think gifs are my “shiny” weakness, I couldn’t stop watching it. You are a crazy brave person for trying costco and the mall. Baton Rouge is sheer madness during the holidays and I still need to venture forth near the mall for a final gift.

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