This morning, I grabbed my usual cup of coffee and my current read, and headed out to the balcony. This is how I start my days, with coffee and books and music. Today I cued up a playlist of opera arias and visited the English countryside with Wilkie Collins’s mystery novel, The Woman In White. … Continue reading Writing Life: Simplicity, Luxury, Refinement
The Writing Life: Happiness Isn’t a Goal–It’s an Outcome
HAPPINESS In the late summer of 2018, I arrived in San Diego and settled with my husband into a furnished apartment on K Street in the Gaslamp District. After living my entire life in Maine, I’d become used to the sight of pine trees and snow and rocky coastlines and blue foothills snuggled up against… Continue reading The Writing Life: Happiness Isn’t a Goal–It’s an Outcome
Writing Life: Success: What is it Good For?
I’ve been thinking about success a lot these days–what it means, what happens if you fail, what happens if you don’t fail. Is the journey really the point, or are we just making ourselves feel better about our failures when we invoke the journey? Is it better to aim high and land somewhere south of… Continue reading Writing Life: Success: What is it Good For?