On “Write Now” Blog: My Son Said, “Why Not Self-Publish, Mom!”

“Mom, why don’t you self-publish?” For over twenty years my son, Quinn, had witnessed my fledgling writing career. He knew about the countless near misses. He’d seen me at my desk, day after day, hour after hour. Once, when he was in middle school, he even caught me still in my p.j.’s at the computer… Continue reading On “Write Now” Blog: My Son Said, “Why Not Self-Publish, Mom!”

Dear Teen Me ~ Guest Post

Dear Teen Me from author Bridget Birdsall (DOUBLE EXPOSURE, ORDINARY ANGELS) Dear Teen Me: What would I tell you now? Well, just like A.S. King, I’ve rewritten this letter twice, so let’s cut to the chase: everything will turn out okay. Really. You have to trust me on this. You are not dumb and you… Continue reading Dear Teen Me ~ Guest Post

From My Makeshift Office on the Farm: Getting the Writing Right!

The Farm

Last night I slept on an air mattress in an unfurnished farmhouse at the edge of the Baraboo Bluffs. From my makeshift office on the front porch, I listen to the wind rustle the leaves of a nearby pear tree and the red winged black birds perched atop corn stalks trilling their joyous melodies back… Continue reading From My Makeshift Office on the Farm: Getting the Writing Right!

Why I Write

 What Writing Means to Me: Truth Tempered With Love On the eve of my eleventh birthday, I informed my mother that I wanted to be a writer. I had just finished reading The Sojourner, a novel by Marjorie Kinnan Rawling. While the protagonist was man twice my age, from a different place and time, he… Continue reading Why I Write

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Lightening Round: How Flash Fiction Electrifies Writing

Attending and presenting at the Write by the Lake Conference last week with UW Madison’s Division of Continuing Studies, I took a fun and fabulous class with Angela Rydell on flash fiction. Here’s my 60 word, 60 second, short-short story: Bull-Headed Said I could. Hadn’t she? I scrawled my name, looked around, wrote hers under… Continue reading Lightening Round: How Flash Fiction Electrifies Writing

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