Nields

The Barn Project

The Big Idea

Writing Process

Day 19: Why Write Songs in the Age of Free Downloads?

My house is full of writers. I am sitting in Couchland North; two others are in Couchland South. Writers are at my dining room table, in my music parlor and…

Dog

Writing Process

A Puppy is the Solution to Pretty Much Everything

Somehow, getting this new puppy has lifted my depression and made me optimistic about the future. I can’t tell if this is just delusion, or a real lifting of the…

Parenting/The Full Catastrophe

The Big Idea

Writing Process

Summer and the Swing

…Death kept following, tracking us down At least I heard your bluebird sing Now somebody’s got to show their hand Time is an enemy I know you’re long gone; I…

Parenting/The Full Catastrophe

The Big Idea

Writing Process

Hamilton, Ambition, Perfection

“What is to give light must endure burning.” -Viktor Frankl If, on the night of June 2nd, you heard a bloodcurdling scream coming from a neighborhood in Northampton, that would…

Music

Nields

Parenting/The Full Catastrophe

Writing Process

Post-Iron Horse. Can I Sleep Now? Please?

After our big 25th anniversary shows at the Iron Horse last weekend, I was so tired I thought I would never recover. As I age, it seems performing takes more…

Journal

Writing Process

How to Clear Your Clutter, De-Squirrel Your Attic and Find the Inner Architecture of Your Novel

We have squirrels in our house. I didn’t want to tell you this, as it creeps some people out and many¬†of you reading this blog have actually come to my…

Journal

Writing Process

This Week’s Writing Prompts: March 3-March 10

Daily Prompt #8 “How you do anything is how you do everything.”-R. Rohr. This is a great insight into character development. Just saying…. Daily Prompt #9: “To be rooted is…

Journal

Writing Process

Weekly Writing Prompts March 11-March 18

Daily Prompt #13 For A Nurse In this fragile frontier-place, your kindness Becomes a light that consoles the brokenhearted, Awakens within desperate storms That oasis of serenity that calls The…

Writing Process

Weekly Writing Prompts March 20-31

Daily Prompt #20 “There are no strangers here; Only friends you haven’t yet met.”– William Butler Yeats Daily prompt #21 “Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could…