This blog on the interplay of writing, reading, history, and imagination opened last year on March 12. Neither travel nor health nor move of house has stayed the posting of a new entry every Monday. Besides giving a rhythm to my weeks, it’s teaching me a lot.
Blog format highlights the two-way conversation between writer and reader, present in all writing beyond a private journal. See the June 27 entry on writing in relationship.
Comparing notes on creative process with visual artists, musicians, and quilters is fascinating. And I love learning readers’ associations with personal experience or current events.
Each kind of writing provides training for other kinds. Blog posts are an exercise in focus and brevity. History, fiction, journalism, and poetry hone skills in research, sensory detail, meeting deadlines, and word choice, all of which strengthen writing of every sort.
It’s all about connections, part of an interdependent web of people, ideas, and values.
I'm a historian who writes novels and literary nonfiction. My home base is Madison, Wisconsin.