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Along the Back Roads

The woman looking at my paperwork glanced up and verified my hometown. "How'd you get here to South Dakota?" she said, almost in passing. Picturing the miles between where I started and where I ended up, I smiled and said simply, "Via some back roads." Isn't that the case more often than not? How often do we … Continue reading Along the Back Roads

The Power of the Impossible

What a crazy few months it's been! Thought with this month's post I'd give a bit of an update. I recently got back home from my working traveling adventure. Three months, fourteen states, and 12,000 miles later, I'm energized and ready to dive into another writing project. My next manuscript, In Lieu of a Plot, will … Continue reading The Power of the Impossible

Clash of the Accents: “Here” vs “Hair”

Time for a humorous story! Things have gotten a little heavy around The Empty Inkwell lately, so I thought I dig deep into my abounding arsenal of awkward experiences and serve up some self-deprecation for everyone's amusement. Enjoy a cringe on me. 😉 When I lived Down Under, accents got me in trouble more than once. One … Continue reading Clash of the Accents: “Here” vs “Hair”

When the Lost is Found

As she took a final look, she concluded the earring was nowhere in her luggage. She sighed, looking out the window at the first snowfall of December. It had been her favorite pair. She'd worn those earrings everywhere, often forgetting to take them out at night. Her eyes stung suddenly, though not from the harsh glare. It … Continue reading When the Lost is Found

Embracing the Struggle

You know when you hear a morsel of truth and all you can do is slap the nearest desk and say, “Yes! YES!”? That recently happened to me when I ran across this quote by Madeleine L’Engle: “Those who believe they believe in God, but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without … Continue reading Embracing the Struggle

Too Important

I recently sliced the base of my left thumb open. I won't go into the gory details, but I will say it was less than pleasant and definitely beyond the league of Band-Aids. My thumb is currently wrapped, strapped, and taped against my index finger so that I won't move the thumb and open the wound. So, … Continue reading Too Important