• Neurodivergent Writers

    Neurodivergent Writers

    I am neurodivergent. Aren’t we all? Not sure, but for more thoughts on neurodiversity, check out my previous post, Aren’t rabbit holes fun? In this current post, we explore how neurodivergence can be a boon for writers. Storytelling benefits from what neurodivergence, and neurodiversity, offers, including unique perspectives, creative approaches, and perhaps a strong attachment…

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  • Aren’t Rabbit Holes Fun?

    Aren’t Rabbit Holes Fun?

    I found the following paraphrased quote in a Dallas Smith blog post this morning. I love how it speaks to me.  “sometimes the right way to do something is just the way that it gets done” A reflective truth. Simple and profound. Think about it. But something more grabbed my attention. And it pulled me…

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  • Regain Your Balance as a Writer

    Regain Your Balance as a Writer

    I have been busy with writing and submissions lately. But now that I have completed a few projects, I have returned to my world – so to speak. And it’s been a bit of a challenge. I find myself overwhelmed by all the well-intended, many times unuseful or repetitive advice about not only writing, but…

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  • Home For All the Days

    Home For All the Days

    I am thrilled to announce that today I received my copy of Coming Home – Carefully Curated Poetry. In it is my first ever submission of a poem, to a contest. Published. And all on a whim! I had just written an exercise for a 100-word memoir piece when I learned of Oprelle’s Coming Home…

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  • Inspired by Vonnegut

    Inspired by Vonnegut

    I love writing letters. I love reading letters more. Write one today, won’t you? And send it to … anyone. I can sense the joy of the recipient already. So, what am I on about? Well, I came across this letter to a group of students at Xavier High School in 2006 from Kurt Vonnegut…

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  • Flashier than Flash

    Flashier than Flash

    My First 25-word Story The things I didn’t set out to do today: But I’m happy I continue to experiment, and here goes … Hidden Remains An ice crystal halo surrounds the sun of an imposter. I have been deceived by celestial trickery. Onward. Home will not hide from me forever. JL Tooker 13 April…

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  • No. 1 Writing Tool

    No. 1 Writing Tool

    Me and My Dictionary(ies) Dictionary. Hardcopy. The kind you can run your fingers up and down the pages. Trust me when I tell you a physical dictionary and an internet or digital dictionary can be universes apart regarding the quality of information. Really, trust me, and get your hands on the real thing, preferably one…

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  • Let’s get serious about the Sestina

    Let’s get serious about the Sestina

    Cartoon by Tom Gauld I wrote a Sestina In honor of National Poetry Month, I wrote a poem. Specifically, I wrote a sestina. A what? A Fun Challenge A sestina is probably not something I would choose to encourage a reluctant poet to write. It is known as one of the more difficult forms of…

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  • Poetry in April—Poetry Always—Poetry All Ways

    Poetry in April—Poetry Always—Poetry All Ways

    April is National Poetry Month and I hope you celebrate it poetically. I celebrated it by submitting my first-ever sestina for publication. It would be outstanding if it is selected for publication, but I feel pretty great just having written something so challenging AND submitting it for review. I discuss what I have learned about…

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