Day 24 of Project 365: The way home.

A few weeks after moving here, I kept asking FunkyPlaid what that big group of buildings looming over the city was. Half a year after moving here, I had finally figured out what it was. A couple of years later, befuddled tourists started asking me how to get to the castle. Me! I could hardlyContinue reading “Day 24 of Project 365: The way home.”

Day 9 of Project 365: Bagpipes in the mist.

I was promised bagpipes. And there were bagpipes. Everything else was icing. Speaking of icing, when I set out for Holyrood Park this morning at my usual brisk warm-up walking pace, I slipped and fell. It wasn’t a bad fall, although a passer-by stopped long enough to tell me that I should be walking inContinue reading “Day 9 of Project 365: Bagpipes in the mist.”

Day 8 of Project 365: One last 5k around Arthur’s Seat.

Shortly after moving to Edinburgh, I met an extraordinary woman named Laura. She is extraordinary because she somehow picked up the pieces of her life after her son Joshua took his own life at only twenty-two years old. And after she picked up those pieces, she forged ahead to found the Joshua Nolan Foundation theContinue reading “Day 8 of Project 365: One last 5k around Arthur’s Seat.”

Day 7 of Project 365: Wee swan.

In my haste to submit a story for critique by my writing group, I almost forgot all about Project 365. That means you get a hastily-snapped “here is something on my desk” photo. While my friend Sharks was visiting last month, we spent some memorable days tooling around Edinburgh, chatting and poking our noses intoContinue reading “Day 7 of Project 365: Wee swan.”

Day 3 of Project 365: That view.

If you ever have to leave a place, I hope that right before you go, someone visits you. I hope that someone visits you and that the someone is still full of wonder and excitement about travel, about newness, about being surprised by a glimpse of a city. Just like our guest was surprised todayContinue reading “Day 3 of Project 365: That view.”

Waiting for perfection.

Life “If I waited for perfection, I’d never write a word.” —Margaret Atwood Often I want to say something important in the perfect way, so I keep putting it off until I figure out the perfect way. If the perfect way never occurs to me, I never say the important thing. The point is to say the thing becauseContinue reading “Waiting for perfection.”

Edinburgh at Christmas.

I wasn’t feeling particularly creative today, so I went with the Holidailies prompt, which is: “What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?” You likely already know that I am FunkyPlaid-less this holiday season. (I am also currently Internet-less, which is nearly as dire.) Right now I am not looking forward to muchContinue reading “Edinburgh at Christmas.”

Inside the Spiegeltent.

Thank you to everyone who attended my Story Shop reading today at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. It was an unforgettable experience. Once again I was reminded of how wonderfully supportive the Edinburgh literary community is, and I was especially grateful for everyone who took a moment out of your day to let me tellContinue reading “Inside the Spiegeltent.”

Story Shop 2014

I am thrilled to announce that I will be reading my story “Leftovers” for Story Shop 2014, hosted by the Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Story Shop is a series of daily 10-minute flash fiction and short story readings by local emerging writers. My reading is on WednesdayContinue reading “Story Shop 2014”