Relaxed & Forward Blog

A Book Report and What We Know Now.

A bit of explanation: I grew up on a farm without a bookshelf. We were not readers. Once we finally...
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Book Release: Going Steady, More Relationship Advice from Your Horse

Tada! It's here! Going Steady, More Relationship Advice from Your Horse is now available. Find the links for ordering through...
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Authorblog: A New Book. Does It Count If I Haven’t Suffered Enough?

Writing Stable Relation, my first book, took me sixty years, give or take. Okay, I exaggerate, but I had anxiety...
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Time Travel, Tell Mary Oliver Not to Worry, and the New Book!

"Meh. Is she done yet?" I've held out on you. Stable Relation wasn't really my first...
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Writing/Traveling/Writing

Miss me? I know I've been quiet lately. As a matter of fact, I did drop off the edge of...
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End the Strike Now! And a Poetry Book Coming.

I'm not sad to see 2017 go. It was a mean year, all in all. Too much name calling and...
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Getting In Cars with Strangers

My mother told me not to, but I do. I get in cars with strangers. More often than you'd think....
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Poetry for People Who Think They Don't Like Poetry

  I had a boyfriend my junior year of high school. That, in itself, is shocking if you knew me....
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Composing a Writer #12. What True Self-Publishing Means

I've lost count of the times I've been told I was destroying my life. It started in high school where...
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Composing a Writer #11. Submission and Rejection

I'm not proud of what I did. In my defense, I was in my early twenties; old enough to know...
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Composing a Writer #10. A Manuscript is Not a Book

Let's say pigs fly. You've written the thing you always wanted to write. It's a miracle. It's been in your mind...
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Composing a Writer #8. Editing the Editing

I was raised by a woman who chronically rearranged furniture. It was a nervous habit. Coming home late you had...
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Composing a Writer #7. Criticism Wanted

I was fifty-nine years old and someone had scribbled "Why should I care?" in thick red ink on my hard-fought...
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Composing a Writer #6. Writing for Readers

It's a moment of exquisite anxiety. The kind of anxiety that's prickly and blunt at the same time, and you...
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Composing a Writer #5. Write Long, Write Short

As soon as I escaped, I started writing poems. I was barely eighteen and living four states away from my...
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Composing a Writer #4. Why Words Matter

  She's been my friend for decades. That was me at her daughter's birthday party, singing and tap dancing in...
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Composing a Writer #3. Comfortable Creativity

The first time you saw him, he was hurrying down the street, hat brim pulled low, and his cape flying...
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Composing a Writer #2. Just Write

We're big talkers. We debate and dream and create. There are issues that good people should agree about on but...
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