• #MondayBlogs,  Beautiful Words,  Creativity,  Discipline

    Why Modern Writers Need Poems (Or Why Poems Are The Equivalent of Kale Smoothie)

    Everybody hates the guy who tells them how to eat. Except it’s not usually a guy. Usually, it’s a conscientious, often neurotic mother, who while having very good reasons to monitor her family’s needs decides that everyone else in the world need her wisdom too. She may criticize your gluten, your sugar, your GMOs or your 99 cents a pound hot dogs. Her answer to everything is based on her research, her scouring of local farmers and her refrigerator full of raw dairy. And she’ll be happy to tell you what you’re doing wrong. I’m going to be that mom today. I’m going to say: You should read more poems.…

  • Discipline,  Inspiration

    How Will You Know When You Are Successful?

    Every time I go to Costco, I pass the end table where the books are and I look and I say to my kids, “Someday, my books will be there.”   In my mind, success looks like stacks and stacks of books at a wholesale store. If I come to that point in my career, then I have a tangible reminder of the success I’ve accomplished. And I want this to be the right kind of book — a novel — not a “I lived through a disaster and now I’m going to tell you my story” kind of book. The authors who have books at Costco are household names.…