Well, November is over. And thank god, too, for I no longer have to feel guilty for not pounding out 2,000 words a day to meet my National Novel Writing Month goal. ‘Cause, if truth be told, I kind of, sort of blew it off. I just wasn’t in the mood. Or maybe it just… Read More My big, fat NaNo fail. I think.
I used to hate that New Age expression: Do what you love and the money will follow. Yeah, right, I’d mutter. At the time I was working as a features writer at the largest newspaper in Alaska, and while I loved many things about my job, I hated sitting in a cubicle for most of… Read More Write what you love, the money will follow
I became lost earlier this evening while running a 10K race over the trails in Kincaid Park. I was talking with a running friend and we both missed the small yellow prompt and ended up at the finish line a mile too early. Later, driving home, I wondered: How often in life have I missed a turn and finished too… Read More Lost
In Anchorage, out by Kincaid Park and half-hidden by a network of weaving trails, lies a sweeping vista of sand dunes. The dunes rise up in white splendor. They rise up unexpectedly, and almost oddly. They are an anomaly, and because of that I love them, love to run up the dunes in my bare feet,… Read More A walk through the sand dunes
Today was a good writing day and a much-needed one, too, since I had been in a slump, had dreaded sitting down at my desk. I’d sit there and play Spider Solitaire and wait for inspiration or clarity or even my goddamn muse, who had apparently abandoned me. Finally I’d write and oh, what dreadful writing,… Read More Chapter Six, and Alaska sunset (at 11 p.m.)
Enter to win a free copy of Dolls Behaving Badly (written by yours truly) at A Room to Write’s Four for Friday giveaway. Check it out, and don’t forget to give Denise a big hello. She works hard to promote authors and deserves a big pat on the back. (Thanks so, so much, Denise! I think… Read More Free book, and springtime Alaska photos
Wow! Alaska writer Kris Farmen gave “Dolls Behaving Badly” a nice write-up in this week’s Anchorage Press. Here’s the part I like the best: Ritchie’s novel is by turns hilarious and moving, and among other things provides a raw and honest portrait of life in modern Alaska. “Not the wild parts,” Ritchie writes, “but smack… Read More Anchorage Press Review, ghosts and writing, and blue sunset