I’ve been having a very good week in terms of diligent practice. I’ve gotten up every morning – no matter how early I had to be at work – and written. Sometimes it’s only for a few minutes; sometimes for an hour. And that’s great. But on the less good side, I’m having one of those days where I’m feeling like I’m not writing well and, thus, am frustrated. I’m writing, and I’m happy about that. But I want to be writing the best work ever. We all know this feeling, right? I know this isn’t rationale or even reasonable, but still, I want it . . . yuck!!

On the good side of things, I have had a few pieces picked up recently. First, my essay “Shaving My Mother’s Head” will be coming out in September, I think, at South Loop Review. Then, Ginosko has picked up my essay “Reflection on Shadows,” and I just saw the proofs last night – the issue looks lovely and includes another Antioch alum, Laurie Zupan. Relief Journal is publishing my essay “Loosened Locks” in the coming months, and my interview with Sharman Apt Russell should be forthcoming in Science and Spirit very soon. So even when I’m not feeling great about my own – and to me that’s what’s most crucial in terms of a writing practice – at least I take small comfort in knowing other people seem to like it. Does anyone have an publication successes that they’d like to share? I’d love to know about them. And if anyone happens to read one of my pieces, I’d love to hear your thoughts about it – your honest thoughts. Thanks.

So I just keep plugging away and trusting that the work honors itself and the God for whom I write it because that is part of what I am made to do. Thanks for reading.