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Stories From the Edge of Blindness

In 2002, Retinitis Pigmentosa changed my life. This is my story of a slow approach to darkness.

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February 2018

Fraud

I am a lazy blogger.  It probably isn’t a secret.  Most of my posts are unpolished and clearly just an unwinding of something within me.  Lately, they aren’t even new, just links to things I have already written that are appearing elsewhere.  In truth, I haven’t been writing a lot the past few weeks; I write every day, but some days the words are few and feel miles from anything remotely palatable.

Most often, here and outside of the blog, I write without direction.  I don’t do research or develop plot lines.  I put in the time and the work, but I let the words themselves guide me. I revisit them and change them, smash them and polish them, especially with my poetry, but I don’t approach them with forethought.  I suppose the unwinding is simply my writing process, but this saturates me with self-doubt; I always return to the idea that I must be doing it wrong, that I don’t have the tools to do it right.  I am terrified that I will finally discover what I have feared all along, that I am a fraud.
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Bones Plucked Out

I am thrilled to have my poem, “Bones Plucked Out“, in Eunoia Review today!!!!

Literary Juice

I am so excited and honored to have been asked to be a part of the Literary Juice Q&A Series.  I owe huge thanks to editor Sara Rajan, for her beautiful questions and for her support of my writing.  You can read the interview here.

Love Poem

I don’t often write love poems, so I am especially thrilled to have this one in Foxglove Journal.  A huge thank you to editor Elizabeth Gibson!  The poem is called, “Honest Hands”

A Hundred Secret Senses

Toward the end of last year, I started writing a bit more about the ways in which RP affects my physical life and tried to answer some questions.  One question that I haven’t answered, posed by two of my fellow bloggers and friends, Mandi and Tom, is about how my other senses are affected as my sense of sight is swallowed up by RP.

There are differing opinions about this.  Some people say that the idea of your other senses getting stronger is a myth, others think it is pure fantasy – who doesn’t want to be DareDevil after all? I think it is an inevitability, but also something that can be cultivated over time.
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Chantarelle’s Notebook

I am super excited to have 3 of my poems in Chantarelle’s Notebook.  A  huge thank you to editors Kendall and Christina!  You can read the poems here.

February Image

I am determined to write an actual blog post on Wednesday, but for now I will offer a bit more poetry.  My contribution to the February Visual Verse challenge is now up on their site.  1 image, 1 hour, 50 to 500 words.  You can read it here.

Poem in Foxglove Journal

I am thrilled to have another of my poems in Foxglove Journal. My gratitude goes out to editor, Elizabeth Gibson.  This one is very different from my usual stuff.  You can check it out here.

3rd Poem in Anapest Journal

I am honored to have a 3rd poem out today in Anapest Journal. A big thank you to editor Veronica Bruce! The poem is, “Guru“.

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