Girl on the Go: Gone Girl

I am putting a different spin on Girl on the Go today. I want to go right on over to my couch and read Gone Girl. Why? Because this girl needs to relax and lose herself in a creepy story. I don’t forsee this happening today, tomorrow or Sunday, but maybe next weekend. Even if it’s only for an hour or two. I want to read and relax.

For now, I have three articles to write and in-laws to hang out with this weekend.


Today’s Haiku:

she opens a book
and huddles on the sofa—
she tastes each word


Anyone else need to relax, but find the to-do list too long?

Are you looking for Bucket list items? Check out some of mine here. Or, feel free to suggest a fun activity for my list! I love adventure!

Have a great weekend!



I can’t get enough of DIY MFA these days. Ever since I came back from my Creative Non-Fiction writing course last week, I have been wanting more and more information. I am excited to put all this information to good use. I have a few articles coming up that I am going to start applying things I learned from the last several days.

I listened to this podcast today and thought I would share. It’s based on creating supporting characters in a story. Although I don’t write fiction, it’s a great way to look at character development. I can use this knowledge when I read or watch movies to see how other storytellers are developing characters, and maybe some day I’ll have a chance to use it.

Please visit: DIY MFA

knowledge haiku

Today’s Haiku:

ideas brimming
with shared knowledge from mentors
brain cells quaking


Enjoy your Wednesday!


Summer Sunshine

After spending a week in northern Wisconsin where the temperatures ranged from 32 degrees fahrenheit to 60 degrees fahrenheit, I am loving the near 80 degree temps we had yesterday and today in southeastern Minnesota! Bring on summer!

warmth of sun haiku

Today’s Haiku:

visible breath
conquered by the brilliant sun
warmed inside and out


Happy Tuesday!



Home at last! Great trip, but exhausting! I am excited to apply the knowledge I received from the Creative Non-Fiction writing course at the Madeline Island School of the Arts. It’ll come in handy as I begin my next freelance project about the wetlands in Rochester.

Warning! I’m having haiku withdrawal. Here’s my first haiku in more than a week. I feel a little rusty, but I will trust in my abilities.

Thanks Haiku Horizons for the haiku prompt, “trust.”

trust haiku

Today’s Haiku:

riddled with fear
she digs deep inside and trusts
her budding talent


Have a great day!


The Barn

Writing Barn

The fog creeps through the trees. It sneaks up on the big red barn, but it’s no match for warmth of the building. Passion resides inside the barn at the Madeline Island School of the Arts. Creative people gather inside and nourish themselves with wisdom. Students act like sponges when the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and educator talks about story structure. She is candid, humble and an excellent mentor.

Back to business as usual starting Monday!


The Shoreline

Wisconsin Shoreline


Water explodes and slams against the shoreline. Lake Superior shows its true colors. Its no longer a deep blue, but its icy and looks like an early snowfall in the Rocky Mountains. Even though it’s June, my fingers are like icycles. Escaping the wind and mist is futile.

On our next vacation, we are picking somewhere warm!


The Harbor

Today I wanted to give you a little slice of what it’s like to take the ferry from Bayfield, Wisconsin to Madeline Island. This is another postcard snippet of our journey.

Bayfield WI Harbor Postcard Story

Blue skies reflected the cool blue color of Lake Superior. Adlai drove onto the ferry and cut the engine. He set the emergency brake and we got out of the car. The ferry engine growled as it pulled out of the harbor. The abandoned sailboats begged for our attention. “Stop, stop, stop! Look over here!” They pleaded with us. “We long to open our sails and glide into deeper water. It’s where we feel alive.”

Happy Wednesday!


Greetings from Madeline Island!

Hello from Madeline Island!

This week I am abandoning my haiku tradition and I am going to send little snippets of my trip in short form like a postcard or facebook post. In case you haven’t read my blog up until now, I am taking a writing class with Jacqui Banasynski, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and Knight Chair at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. The class is being held at the Madeline Island School of the Arts.

One of the assignments is to write short snippets of life that fit on a postcard or facebook post. The point is to reflect, using verbs that are active to create scene, description, action, metaphor, dialog, sensory detail, tension and emotion.

Our trip started last Saturday. We camped the first night here on the island. Here’s my first snippet.

The wind bellowed through the trees. It tried to extinguish the warmth of our fire. We huddled together and our cold bodies pulled heat from the fire like a fisherman reeling in a thousand pound tuna fish. Soon the wood pile was gone and the embers were no match for the late spring temperatures of Madeline Island. Through my chattering teeth, I said, “It’s going to be a long night.”

More snippets to come…

Have a great day!