The Writer's Heroic Journey (+ Tips to Get Unstuck at Any Stage)
A writer's creative journey is never linear. Just like our characters, we experience everything from curiosity and excitement, to self-doubt and despair, only to restart the cycle a few days - or sometimes hours - later. Sound familiar?
Waiting to go to School
Malika wrapped her small fingers around the stainless steel tumbler for warmth as she stepped into the crisp, foggy mountain dawn. Her bare feet gently thudded on the ground as she moved to sit on the stair that surrounded the one-room mud hut she called home.
Such a Foreign Holiday
These days, I cannot help but laugh when I tell the story of my family’s first Halloween in the United States of America. Then again, these days, according to my Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds, Halloween is no more sinister than tummy aches from too much candy and cute kids in adorable costumes. In 2001, though, less than two months after we’d landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, laughter was the furthest thing from our minds. It was a bleak time for the world and indeed for our family of five.
Blood of the Egg Snatchers
Have you ever heard the sound of leaves rustling in the wind? The next time you do, close your eyes and listen carefully. If you hear a distant rattling, you can be sure she’s there, in the middle of her finding. You might even hear her voice’s keening whistle and feel the breeze shiver over your skin as she moves. If you’re lucky, she’ll pass by. If you’re not… well…