March 2018

Now when we’re really starting to see signs of spring, I hope you enjoy my author newsletter for March, posted earlier this week. I’ve included a poetry study, a writing update, and this month’s writing tip. Happy writing!

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Ah!  It just turned to spring, didn’t it?  (March 21st)  Does it feel like spring where you are?  Thinking of my writing colleagues across the country and across the world, I’m sitting at my desk imagining what spring is like for them in Phoenix, Los Angeles, New Jersey, India, Australia, Tanzania, and Cambridge, England.  And even though the calendar says it’s spring, this week we had snow.  Big sloppy snow flake packets dropping from the sky to the ground, not sticking, but still – present.  This morning the sun is out, there are sounds of birds in the budded or blooming trees outside, and the grass shimmers green, almost vibrating in the early-spring light.  That kind of light makes you feel like you can do almost anything.  Doesn’t it?

I would love to share this inviting poem…

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10 thoughts on “March 2018

  1. Lovely to hear what you’ve been up to recently, Theresa. That is an interesting writing tip when it comes to writing in a narrative style that strikes a chord with you. Often I like how some can write in a laid-back, non academic style. My writing is rooted in the academic and til this day I find it hard to shake the academic tone in my words, even in my blog posts! I like the example you did with Hemingway and the woman’s perspective. You seem to do it so effortlessly. I think part of this process you have to learn how to adopt a different voice and learn to leave your own writer’s voice for a moment. Always struggled wit that myself as I’ve always been focused on refining my voice and style…which I do want to have a bit of academic rigour in it so it doesn’t help lol.

    Really like your reflections on the writing process. It’s always so in-depth and well-thought out, and approaching writing from different angles is one of your fortes 🙂


    1. Mabel, I feel so lucky to have become connected with you in this community! Your message helped me understand that the changing into a different narrator voice is something I have (finally) learned to do! Thank you!

      I also enjoyed hearing more of your perspective on your own writing, the feeling that it has an academic basis. I didn’t quite recognize that aspect, but I really value the thoughtful and thorough perspective you always bring to your writing. I feel reassured when I sit down to read your work that you will not only give me an in-depth treatment of your topic, but you will also provide a number and variety of alternative perspectives on the topic. It’s wonderful. The reader has confidence in what you’re saying, not only in factual information but also in your own reflections and your own experience, something that validates others’ viewpoints as well. It’s like I can say, “It’s okay to own my own experience and viewpoint because Mabel’s experience is so authentic and well-expressed.”

      Thank you! 🙂


      1. It is great to see you change narrator voice so fluidly, from your stories on science to just plain-old everyday made-up fiction 🙂

        It is very kind of your to say about my work, Theresa. Thank you. A lot of the times I doubt my work and wonder if it makes sense or is it too much. As writers, I think sometimes we think too much 🙂


  2. Wonderful info, writing, and Harjo poem–and photo. All marvelous! What a lovely idea with the newsletter, Theresa! I will see if that poem is on to add to my new “poetry anthology” I am pulling together on there this month!


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