What Makes a Book? (Print, Audio, and eBooks, Oh My!)

Reading is a treasured leisure activity of mine, but with the encroachment of technology I’ve always been something of a “purest.” I like the sound a new book spine makes when you first crack it open. I love the smell of books—old and new, dusty or crisp. I love the feel of crinkled pages and... Continue Reading →

Get Your Priorities Straight (Novel Writing: Month 14, Chapter 14)

  Novel writing in February didn’t go quite like I anticipated it. Between it being a short month and being incredibly busy with work and life requirements, the month got away from me, and it was March before I even knew what was happening! I did make a bit of progress on the chapter at... Continue Reading →

The Impossible Idea of Losing Your “Home” (Thoughts on the Closing of Sweet Briar College)

When I learned of the Board’s decision to close Sweet Briar College, I was hit with a hard punch to my gut and hollowness in my chest. It wasn’t my alma mater—at least not my “academic” one, but Sweet Briar is, in a way, a “nourishing mother” to me because I’m from Amherst County. Sweet... Continue Reading →

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