poem for Arbor Day

I wrote this poem last summer, after reading Kevin Young's "Arbor Day." I stole his first line. His poem is about loss and dead leaves. Mine too.   April It's supposed to be beautiful tomorrow same as always. Some clouds, some … [Read more]

Two Dogs

Kevin Young's poem "Blessings" has this stanza, which I adore:   May the white dog of Mercy drag you from the car long before it pours into flame.   May Mercy come when called.   So I wrote this, about … [Read more]

How do you research? Swim.

When I wrote the posts about Charity Singleton Craig's and Ann Kroeker's book, "On Being a Writer," Ann left this comment: Megan, I'll bet we all could benefit from a research session with you. Maybe a blog post someday about your process? Here … [Read more]

Happiness poem (yes, you read that right)

"Happy people aren't mean." ---my yoga instructor   We're not supposed to be happy anymore. It's all joy. Joy's all the rage.   Unless it's your birthday, then the cards say: "Enjoy doing whatever makes you … [Read more]

Talk with Ann & Charity, “On Being a Writer,” part 4

Last interview! Thank you, Ann and Charity, for answering my questions, and most especially for writing the book. If you, dear readers, have an opportunity to participate in a workshop with Charity and Ann, either in person or online, do yourself … [Read more]

Talk with Charity Singleton Craig, “On Being a Writer,” part 3

Today's interview focuses on Charity Singleton Craig. Note: The day after I spoke with Charity, she started her own YouTube series, ‘Five Authors On Being a Writer.' So, dear writers, always leave some time to fact check before you publish because … [Read more]

Talk with Ann Kroeker, “On Being a Writer,” part 2

Today's post focuses on Ann Kroeker. Megan: You’ve been thinking about doing a podcast for awhile. How did you decide on a the format? Ann: That was a spontaneous decision. I didn’t tell anyone I was going to do it. I’d been thinking about it … [Read more]

Talk with Ann & Charity, “On Being a Writer,” part 1

On January 16, I spoke with Ann and Charity separately on the phone. Some of the questions were the same, and some were different. I've combined them here and will post sections of the interviews for the rest of the month (actually, through … [Read more]

Kroeker & Craig’s “On Being a Writer,” Final Words

I skipped this page the first time through. Don't do that! It's good! You can find us at our laptops or: annkroeker.com charitysingletoncraig.com I would love, love, love to cross Ann or Charity's path at a Starbucks and write together, … [Read more]

Kroeker & Craig’s “On Being a Writer,” chapter 12

Chapter 12: Limit I wish for you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last for a lifetime. Thank you, Ray Bradbury, but I prefer a muse who woos. Currently, no one can pull words out of me like George Strait, real low in the … [Read more]