The Barn Project

Writing Process

Day 20: Son is Better and I Wrote a Song!

Last day of retreat. I hate when retreats end. I want more time to write, and to listen to these amazing people who somehow find my house and the circle…

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…