Join me in celebrating The Urban Bestiary!

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 …

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

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 …

The Urban Bestiary: My New Book, Coming In September

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 …

On Planners, Productivity, and Idle Pleasures

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 …

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

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 …

Fountain Pens for Everyday: Join Me in a Writing Revolution

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 …

Crow Planet has Fledged!

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 …