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North Shore Life: What’s it Really Like? | August

Since moving to Minnesota’s North Shore I’ve had people ask what it’s really like to live here year-round. In this month-by-month journal, I take you through the full year to give you a glimpse of What it’s Really Like. Natalie Babbitt wrote in Tuck Everlasting that the first week of August "hangs at the very top of … Continue reading North Shore Life: What’s it Really Like? | August

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When Writing Sucks: How to Deal with Writer’s Burnout

But if you're wanting to take your writing to the next level, you're going to have to learn to deal with Suck Days. It might not be easy, but here are four things I've found that make the Suck Days not only more manageable, but something you can use to your advantage.

North Shore Life: What’s it Really Like? | July

Since moving to Minnesota's North Shore I've had people ask what it's really like to live here year-round. In this month-by-month journal, I take you through the full year to give you a glimpse of What it's Really Like. Oh, July. Sweet midsummer. That time when the earth hums with activity: with bumblebee parties in … Continue reading North Shore Life: What’s it Really Like? | July

North Shore Life: What’s it Really Like? | June

So ever since making the move to Grand Marais, the question that keeps coming my way is: What's it really like? You know, to dwell in this wilderness-y, picturesque, remote town not for a weekend every year, but all year long? Am I lying on a beach for half the year and narrowly avoiding frostbite for the other half of the year? Is the Lake Superior backdrop as dreamy at it would seem or do you just kind of get used to it? And how the heck do you survive all those mosquitoes?

3 Tips for Sticking with your Writing

Would I ever really finish a novel? The answer was yes. I did finish a novel. I did start to take my writing seriously. And I believe you can, too! You can escape the endless cycle of abandonment and write something brilliant. Here are the three things that broke me out of the abandonment cycle and helped me complete my first novel.

8 reasons Luna Lovegood is the best Harry Potter character

Like many people my age, I grew up on the Harry Potter books. I remember curling up beneath the covers, flashlight in hand, and staying up way too late reading about Harry's adventures at Hogwarts. I remember waiting anxiously for the next book in the series to be released, spending the intervening time decorating my … Continue reading 8 reasons Luna Lovegood is the best Harry Potter character

Happiness is acceptance

We all know that person, or--if you're lucky--those many people who make you breathe a little easier. Who, when you're with them, you can feel your shoulders relax a little because it's alright. We know what it's like to be with those people who let you know that it's fully okay to be fully you, who … Continue reading Happiness is acceptance