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December 2, 2017

Finding it difficult to focus on writing when it seems the world is on fire? I certainly am. 

Recounting past traumas is difficult enough without the pain of learning you're not alone. "You're not alone" is that salve that makes you feel better (not alone) while also st...

February 1, 2016

During my childhood, visits to the Portsmouth Public Library were one of the many walking vacations Momma took us on when she had a day off work.  She’d walk us to Tower Mall, not to buy anything, but to maybe share a couple of cones from Chick-Fil-A, to the 7-11 where...

January 18, 2016

Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since I posted my last blog.  So much has happened in that time; a life-altering trip to the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico,  promotion to full professor, the release of Crave: Sojourn of a Hungry Soul, brain surgery (OMG), sick kiddo...

January 19, 2015

Up early combing through these first page proofs and I’m glad I didn’t take the fast/easy way out. Finding before-hidden errors that could have been embarrassing. Thanks Diane Lefer and Kelly Cherry for your excellent advice. I had wanted to rush through, using my trus...

January 4, 2015

Just returned from a blissful New Year’s celebration with my VA family and I am full. Full, because I stepped out on faith, did something new, and reaped the benefits of that newness. Save for the two New Years I spent at Vermont College of Fine Arts, the Cannady famil...

August 21, 2014

It has been a while since I’ve been able to post here.  I spent the summer revising and re-revising my memoir, and that left little time for anything else.  30,000 words later, I’m free from my first literary baby, but my new literary kiddo, the one about my military e...

April 27, 2014

Now that I’ve sent my manuscript to my lovely editor, I’ve had more time to myself. While I originally thought I’d spend that extra time working on my new memoir, getting ahead with grading, and getting some much needed rest, I’m sad to say most of the first month was...

April 20, 2014

If only I could go back and fix all things I’ve done wrong in life. . . If I could see those signs sooner, avert those sometimes awkward, sometimes painful, and oftentimes life-altering occurrences before they embedded themselves in my psychological DNA, life would be....

March 26, 2014

If you’ve spent any amount of time with me, you know how much I love my fish tank.  I started the hobby soon after my family was targeted by people so unhappy with themselves, they hid behind fake email accounts and anonymous letters spewing racial and, oftentimes, hat...

February 25, 2014

I felt honored to have been asked by the amazing Diane Lefer to be a part of the #MyWritingProcess blog tour.  This blog tour connects authors all over the globe.  The intent is to share blogs and the writing life with others. For me, it unifies writers.  I know I’ve b...

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