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Coming up for air from NaNoWriMo

In: Writing life, writing

I love this blog of mine, though my posts are not as prolific as they once were.
The writing life is still for me. I am doing National Novel Writing Month, and so this will take up much of the rest of my free time. But I will try to come in here and give some [...]

I have been neglecting this poor blog all summer, but I’d like to think that I have a bit of a good excuse.
I was busy recording a spoken word album, working with a professional producer here in DC. This is how my life goes; when I take on a new project, something else gets neglected. [...]

The metamorphosis.  It’s happening.  I feel as if I am going through some kind of awakening, down to my DNA.  Old, long-buried loves are being resurrected in my heart, and it feels extraordinary.  Recently, I’ve gotten obsessed with GarageBand, which I’ve just discovered on my new Mac (no, I swear I don’t work for Apple). [...]

Two weeks later, the BlogHer 2008 conference is still so much on my mind.  I absolutely adored the conference and learned so much that I am not even close to assimilating it all.  But there was one aspect about the conference that bothered me, in hindsight.  Perhaps it was a function of the conference being [...]

For the past few days I have been sitting with rejection.  I applied for a master nonfiction class at a local creative writing center, and got rejected.  By a former professor, no less!
To say that this initially caused me to feel like shit is an understatement.
But then I started to look at it another way: [...]

I haven’t yet had a chance to write about one of the biggest transitions I’ve experienced in this three years’ worth of intense transitions.  On October 6, I started a full-time job at a nonprofit downtown that does suicide prevention work.  I am so relieved to have a job in this economy.  I am trying [...]

I remember this feeling.
I like to refer to it as Grinding Loneliness.
And in my better days, I like to refer to it as Much - Needed Solitude.
Right now I am in a Grinding Loneliness verging on a Much-Needed Solitude kind of mood.
But I’m restless.  I considered signing up for JDate again.  Tell me: Noooooooooooooo, don’t [...]

My Inner GPS

In: breaking up is hard to do, writing

Yesterday I rode in my ex’s car for the first time since we split. It was a five-minute drive both ways, but it felt like five years. The purpose of the trip was to go to the bank so that he could take his name off our joint checking account. Our uncoupling [...]

Making my way back

In: back surgery, sitting, writing

It has been nearly three months since I last posted on this blog. Can it really have been that long?
At the end of November, on our ninth wedding anniversary, my ex dropped the bomb that he had found a new girlfriend and didn’t want to reconcile with me after all. Something in me snapped. [...]

The way through

In: addiction, grief, writing

I’ve been letting this precious blog falter a little, and I miss it. The explanation is that I feel myself caught up in a blur of busyness and of sheer exhaustion, joy and heartbreak, and as a result I have drawn inside myself a bit. I’ve picked up a nasty old habit, and [...]

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Welcome to this blog - my chronicle of the illuminating, character-building path of single parenthood. I'm making this up as I go along. My life is my practice, and my five year-old son is my greatest teacher.