What Makes a Good Story?

What Makes a Good Story?

Seriously, I’m asking myself this. And the answer kind of horrifies me: Drama. Tension. Conflict. Suffering. Struggle. Difficulty. Overcoming the odds. This is the stuff of epic poems. There’s a reason fairy tales don’t go beyond “And they lived happily ever after.”...
Freedom vs Connection

Freedom vs Connection

A couple months ago a dear friend asked me what I thought the deepest desire of men and the deepest desire of women are. And, with a lack of hesitation that actually kind of surprised me, I blurted out, “Men most desire freedom and women most desire connection.” He...
Meaning vs Connection

Meaning vs Connection

I read a fellow author’s blog this morning about a tough conversation he and his wife had with a fellow human traveler through this worldly realm, a man who had apparently fallen in a wagon rut emotionally and psychologically, puzzling over whether his life held...
When I . . .

When I . . .

“Don’t wish your life away Kaatee.” It’s what my German grandfather always said when he caught me wishing for some future time to arrive when I would get a new pony or get out of school for the summer or stop seeing zits in the mirror (on my face) or finally get my...
Being Careful

Being Careful

So I’m washing the dishes this morning. Usually I clean the kitchen the night before, but I’d created such a pile-up in the sink and was out of it after a long day editing and then sunning and swimming at the beach that I just left it and tottered off to bed. How can...