Where I Write, Revealed on the Huffington Post

Do you ever wonder where writers write? Kitchen table, comfy couch, noisy café, tidy office, mattress in the backyard under a beach umbrella? (I am now curious if I know any writers who write on a mattress in the backyard under a beach umbrella. If so, do reveal yourself!) Well, the writer Allison K. GibsonContinue reading “Where I Write, Revealed on the Huffington Post”

Bumpy Reentry But Now Home

The worst thing about writers colonies is that sometimes they’re so freaking awesome, you have a hard time adjusting to the real world when you get home. That’s the danger of letting yourself get too comfortable when you’re there. It’s always temporary, this being cooked for and cleaned after, this avoiding answering emails for 28Continue reading “Bumpy Reentry But Now Home”

Last Day at the Writers Colony: What I Did, What I Have, and What I Miss

For my posts about being away at the writers colony all month, see here for week 1, week 2, and week 3. This is now the end of my last week; today is my final day. A cab will soon be arriving to take me away to the train station. I still, um, have toContinue reading “Last Day at the Writers Colony: What I Did, What I Have, and What I Miss”

Writers Colony Week 3: Beginnings, Bathtubs, Visits, Mochas Revisited, Reading Pages Aloud, and Random Shit

Beginnings I’ve written two beginnings here. One was a beginning for a book I’d already started, but I backed up and started anew here, so all the words found in that new opening are words I found here. The second of the two beginnings I’ve written here is for an entirely other book. I hadContinue reading “Writers Colony Week 3: Beginnings, Bathtubs, Visits, Mochas Revisited, Reading Pages Aloud, and Random Shit”

Writers Colony Week 2: More Books, Libraries, Private Property, Why, Real Life, Pages, and Stairways

More Books It’s been a long time since I’ve read like I’ve been reading here at the writers colony. I’ve been reading quickly, and in bits, usually midday while I take a break for lunch, and sometimes around midnight to get myself sleepy enough to close my eyes and drift off. I never read soContinue reading “Writers Colony Week 2: More Books, Libraries, Private Property, Why, Real Life, Pages, and Stairways”

How I’ll Miss You While I’m Away

Bye, blog readers and random strangers who might happen upon this blog and wonder who I am. I’ll miss you. This is the post where I really and truly log out and leave this time. I mean it. It’s time to go! As of crazy-early o’clock tomorrow morning, I’ll be throwing myself from my loftContinue reading “How I’ll Miss You While I’m Away”

Preparing for the Writers Colony

(For my previous post all about writers colonies, see here.) So here I am, days away from going. The closer I get to leaving, the more quiet I’ve found myself becoming online. I’ve had less and less to say. Maybe this is practice—since there will be no tweeting, no Facebooking, and no reading blogs orContinue reading “Preparing for the Writers Colony”

All About Writers Colonies

As many of you know, I’m weeks away from heading off to be a resident at a writers colony. This isn’t a conference or a workshop. I won’t be taking classes, as many people have asked me. I won’t be turning in a project at the end; no one will be looking over my shoulderContinue reading “All About Writers Colonies”

The End Has No End?

I’m working up some plot changes and new developments to the novel before I turn it in Feb. 1—nothing too drastic, just stuff I wholeheartedly think will make the thing better. I just called it the “thing”—I worked too long and hard to call what I’ve done a thing. But what is it? In noContinue reading “The End Has No End?”