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What is My Brand Personality as a Writer?

Maybe it’s the existential tidal wave of COVID-19, maybe it’s just creative growing pains, but I’ve been asking myself–and my writing–lots of deep questions lately. And I’ve decided that one of the big obstacles in moving forward as a writer is that I don’t really know myself as a writer.   In other words, I don’t…
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“In any Circumstance”: Being Content in a Mysterious Time

A passage of Scripture that has often come to mind the past week or so is St. Paul’s exhortation on contentment. Thanking the Philippians for remembering his needs–perhaps through sending supplies or monetary contributions–St. Paul points out that even in times when his earthly needs haven’t been met, he knows how to be satisfied: I…
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The Loneliest Day: Travel Notes from a Reading Pilgrimage

Today I continue my reading pilgrimage through Ronald Rolheiser’s remarkable book The Restless Heart: Finding Our Spiritual Home in Times of Loneliness. Rolheiser is a Catholic theologian, but in my own faith tradition–Eastern Orthodoxy–today is Holy Friday, the day of the Cross. It is, perhaps, the loneliest day of the liturgical year, albeit not when measured by external…
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Finding our Spiritual Home in Times of Loneliness: A COVID-19 Reading Pilgrimage

You know those books that are almost too rich to read? Not in a decadent way, but in a raw, important, soul-touching way? Books you can only read by savoring slowly, and even that feels too much most of the time? That’s what kind of book The Restless Heart: Finding Our Spiritual Home in Times of…
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“Wait without Thought”: Writing and Not Writing during COVID-19

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hopeFor hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,For love would be love of the wrong thing. . . T.S. Eliot, “Wait without Hope” from East Coker Last week, I had a pitch rejected by a literary magazine I have always wanted…
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A Covid-19 Writing Update – And a Pause for the Time Being (Ep 046)

Circumstances have changed a lot for Nicole and Sarah – and probably for most listeners too – so we’re sharing what our current writing lives look like. We’re also taking a pause on Writing on Wednesdays for the time being until our jobs (and Sarah’s childcare situation) return to a calmer place. As always, you…
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Stability of Place: Seeking God in Close Quarters with Benedict of Nursia

The consensus among the handful of us who were huddled into the small college chapel that night at St. Michael’s College in Toronto, waiting for the vesperal liturgy to begin, was that were worshiping on borrowed time. Only hours earlier, in response to mounting concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the president of our university had…
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You know how it’s hard to be grateful? (Episode 045)

We recorded this before COVID-19 became a big deal, but gratitude is more relevant than ever! In this episode we talk about the connection between gratitude and writing, Nicole’s new gratitude journal, plus Sarah shares a tip about Instagram and we both talk about books we’ve read recently. Books we mention in this episode: Nicole’s…
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Finding Calm in COVID-19 (Middlesode)

Looking for a calming refuge from the dizzying developments around the COVID-19 pandemic? This Middlesode is for you. Settle in for instrumental music, a soft discussion about what COVID-19 lockdown looks like in Nicole’s neck of the woods, and an extended reading from Viktor Frankl’s famous book, Man’s Search for Meaning. How are you doing…
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#ThisCovidLife Book Giveaway on Instagram

Library shutting down? Toilet paper out? I can help with the former but not with the latter 🙄 Enter to win an ebook or audible copy of either #TimeandDespondency or #UndertheLaurelTree by posting a picture or quote that best sums up your life right now with the hashtag #ThisCovidLife! The funnier the better and the more the merrier. This Giveaway…
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