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Join me in celebrating The Urban Bestiary!

September 17th, 2013 · 14 Comments

My new book, The Urban Bestiary, hits shelves today.  I look forward to seeing its pretty, sky-blue cover tracking its way into the world, and into your hands.  Every one of you has my never-ending gratitude for your support during the writing and release of this book.  Thank you, thank you, thank you. Now let’s [...]

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Tags: books, events, The Urban Bestiary, urban nature, writing

Diaries and the Wild Mind: How to Start (or Re-start) a Journal Habit

July 29th, 2013 · 21 Comments

In common with Virginia Woolf, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Darwin, May Sarton, Anais Nin, Gary Snyder, Katherine Mansfield, Joan Didion, Leonardo da Vinci, St. Therese of Lisieux, and countless other writers, I am a diarist.  I have kept a diary, with more or less regularity, since first grade.  When I fall into a period in [...]

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Tags: inspiration, writing

The Urban Bestiary: My New Book, Coming In September

May 28th, 2013 · 16 Comments

I am very pleased to announce that my new book, The Urban Bestiary:  Encountering the Everyday Wild, will be published by Little, Brown this fall.  If you read The Tangled Nest you’ve heard bits about it here and there, and if you follow me on Facebook, you’ve seen a glimpse of the gorgeous cover.  Now [...]

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Tags: events, urban nature, writing

On Planners, Productivity, and Idle Pleasures

January 7th, 2013 · 10 Comments

Happy New Year, everyone!  Here is my first confession of 2013:  I’m a planner geek-nerd-obsessive.  I love the tactile and aesthetic delights of a paper planner, as well as the practical benefits. Opening a new planner on January 1 is something I start looking forward to weeks before the calendar page actually flips.  I absolutely [...]

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Tags: seasons, writing

If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland: A beautiful book (and an apology)

March 24th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Brenda Ueland is the author of If You Want to Write, penned 75 years ago, and one of my most beloved books on the creative process.  Who else will tell us that aimless wandering walking, staring out the window, and “moodling” all count as doing our work?  So I was aghast to realize that when [...]

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Tags: books, writing

Fountain Pens for Everyday: Join Me in a Writing Revolution

March 7th, 2011 · 47 Comments

Last year I was carrying around a couple of gift cards for the University of Washington Bookstore I’d received after doing authorly engagements there.  Instead of adding to the pile of books in my study that constantly threatens to swallow me whole, I decided to do something I’d always wanted to do:  take myself down [...]

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Tags: waste reduction, writing

Crow Planet has Fledged!

August 6th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Crow Planet has finally left the nest!  I have heard many writer-friends say that it seems  surreal to see their book out in the world, being read by folks they don’t even know.  Somehow, with this book, I feel just the opposite.  It seems perfectly natural to see it in other people’s hands.  I wrote [...]

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Tags: books, writing