Jana Van der Veer
Book and mindset coach for writers. Book lover, chocoholic. Go to www.setyourmuseonfire.com to grab your copy of 10 Questions to Ask to Get Unstuck at Any Stage of the Writing Process!
I hope I see some bears while I’m here. That was the main thought in my head as I pulled into a long dirt driveway in the backwoods of northern Minnesota. I’d flown to Minneapolis-St. Paul from Boston, rented a car, and driven the rest of the way. It had been a long day, and the late afternoon sun slanted through the branches of the surrounding trees.
Rebirth — from a Year of Chaos, Grief, and Uncertainty
On February 5, 2020, I raced through a blinding snowstorm in the middle of the night to be at my mother’s hospital bedside. I wasn’t sure she’d still be alive by the time I got there (a five hour drive turned into a seven hour drive by the snow). I’d last seen her two weeks earlier, writing in the Gratitude part of my journal, “Grateful Mom is still around to visit.”
Was Interacting with People Always This Exhausting?
Between pandemic fatigue, the arrival of spring, and expanding access to vaccines, more and more of us are emerging from our homes and – gasp – actually spending time with other people. While many epidemiologists are saying this is a bad idea (a race between vaccinations and COVID-19 mutations, which according to the latest headlines we are losing) it hasn’t been enough to slow the tide of businesses opening up and people socializing more.
3 Steps to a Kick-Ass MFA Program Application
As someone who formerly worked as an Assistant Director of an MFA program, I was often surprised that people did not always understand what they were applying for or what they would be getting into, or the application process worked. I'm here to clarify that situation, and prepare you to put your best writing forward.
I don’t know what it is about me and lockdown, but this whole year my TV-watching schedule has been dominated by large, muscular men beating the crap out of each other, preferably half-naked.
6 Steps to Emergency Preparedness
This time last year, many of us were focused on preparing for disaster. We didn’t know how the whole virus thing was going to play out. We stocked up on toilet paper, rice and beans, and acetaminophen. That’s all well and good, but how prepared are you right now to withstand an emergency situation? A fire, blizzard, earthquake, tornado, etc.? The spring equinox can be a great time to focus on reviewing your emergency preparedness and making sure you’re up to speed on what you need to have ready.
Feeling Overwhelmed by Your To-Do List? Set Your Intentions First
I woke up late today, with a bad head/neck ache from sleeping wrong, or possibly stress. Dragged myself out of bed, grabbed a cup of coffee, and began writing in my journal.
Confessions of an Accidental Karen
Just to be clear: I didn’t call the police on some innocent Black or Brown person just living their life. No, I did not demand to speak to the manager. But potential Karenism is everywhere.