When I Am Thankful for My Body (Instead of Hating It)

When I Am Thankful for My Body (Instead of Hating It)

Today I have the privilege of guest blogging for Lily Dunn over at Such Small Hands. Lily is a teacher, writer, blogger, traveler, and fellow faith-wrestler. Right now she teaches English in Daegu, South Korea, but despite the distance we have become fast friends over the internet, and we hope to meet in person sometime soon! She has guest posted here before with the post Where I Found God: In Words. Today I am taking part of her Thankful Thursdays series, where I write about finding a way to be thankful for my…Read more …
Writing Lessons: Dealing with Rejection

Writing Lessons: Dealing with Rejection

I still have my very first rejection from a literary magazine. Here it is: This was in 2009. To give you an idea of how many rejections I've received, here's a peek at my Submittable "Declined" page (Click to enlarge): Keep in mind that this is the bottom of the most recent page, but there are more rejections if you were to scroll up. Also note that most Declines are for a set of five poems, so if you are counting specific poem rejections, you'd have to multiply each Decline by five. This doesn't…Read more …

What I Wish You Knew

I spent Tuesday with my daughter. I attended the fourth grade Downtown Nashville Walking Tour field trip. It was lovely day to walk around Nashville and learn about its history and historical figures. We even got to see the grave of James Knox Polk (the 11th president), who is actually one of our ancestors, on the grounds of the Capitol.     After our walking tour, Madeleine and I spent some time at the Downtown Public Library. It is my absolute favorite place in Nashville! It also is heavy with memories. When the…Read more …

Writing Celebrations and Struggles, As Told in GIFs

Celebrations: First, I have a publication date for Evening Body, my poetry chapbook! October 16! Advanced copy/Pre-publication sales will be in the summer, and the size of the print run depends on the number of pre-pub sales, so be looking for some blog giveaways related to that! Second, I have had the opportunity to be a part of a new website called Borderlandz, created by Jason Coker. Borderlandz is a year-long archival project to explore the shifting borders of faith in America through personal stories. Between Pentecost 2015 and Pentecost 2016 the site will collect,…Read more …
Book Talk: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, Part 2

Book Talk: Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans, Part 2

Read Part 1 of this Book Talk here.    One of Evans' stories is about a trip to a Benedictine monastery. She starts off her trip talking with a monk and a visitor about her faith struggles, and neither of them understand her. She muses: "It's funny how, after all those years attending youth events with light shows and bands, after all the contemporary Christian music and contemporary Christian books, after all the updated technology and dynamic speakers and missional enterprises and relevant marketing strategies designed to make Christianity cool, all I wanted…Read more …