Category: column

The Archivist’s Garden

While these beautiful old buildings are fascinating both in their architecture and in what they hold inside them, between the two is something equally fascinating and mostly over-looked.

I wonder what you see…

INVITATION: All art grows out of paying attention: in sight, sound, scent, taste & touch. You are invited to craft a written response (poetry or prose, 50 words or less) to the images and scene below.

Find Your George Martin

hand on control panel of a sound-booth

a #WriteLife article by Dan Szczesny

The recent passing of George Martin, the brilliant producer that helped make the Beatles the greatest band of all time, got me thinking about my own beginnings as a writer.

Folded Quotes “Impressionologies”

abstract close-up of a flame

a poetic quote paired with graphic art

One Step Closer to World Domination

The author sitting at a bookstore table

or How Not to Sell Your Book to Anyone
a #WriteLife article by Dan Szczesny

I’m about ten minutes into my author meet-and-greet for my travel memoir, The Nepal Chronicles, when a small woman with thin hair and a kind smile walks by and does a double take when she sees the book cover. She draws a deep breath and introduces herself as Betty.

Dispelling the Myth of the Magic Writer – Part II

The second of a two part series by Dan Szczesny for his new #WriteLife column In Part I of busting some of what I call the “myths of the magic writer,” we looked at listening to muses and writing every day. Today, we continue…

Dispelling the Myth of the Magic Writer – Part I

(The first of a two part series by Dan Szczesny for his new #WriteLife column)

Recently, after a book presentation event at a local library, an attendee approached me with kind words about the talk. Then she asked, “So, where do you get your ideas?”

Place-Based Ventures

[No. 3 in our Eco-Lit series; concludes with a little writing contest] A few months ago, I attended the Land Institute’s annual Prairie Festival in Salina, Kansas. The festival featured talks on sustainable agricultural practices, spirituality’s place in environmental advocacy, and research on new…

Eco-Lit: Sense of Place

a column exploring the intersection of literature and ecology by Maryka Gillis A few weeks ago, I found myself directed up the last hill leading to a primitive campsite overlooking a canyon. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is small at just under…

Eco-Lit: Reclaiming Hope

a new column exploring the intersection of literature and ecology by Maryka Gillis Like many Millenials, I have anxiety and foreboding concerning the changes across Earth’s climate and ecosystems. Call it what you will – climate change, global warming, global weirding, an unfortunate coincidence…