Sometimes he used a spade in his garden, and sometimes he read and wrote. He had but one name for these two kinds of labor; he called them gardening.
― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
I’m so excited to announce that my micro-essay, “On the Path to Hope,” about coping with my daughter’s habit of self-mutilation, won 2nd place in the Mothers Always Write essay contest. It will appear on the website during the month of May.
I often use a modified version of meditation for writerly inspiration and to shape my stories. The technique involves a lot of sitting, breathing, and not thinking. But it really works! I wrote about the practice in a post for the wonderful site Women Writers, Women’s Books. It’s an informative, supportive resource for women writers. Please check out my post and if you try this technique, comment and tell me! Here’s the article.
My short non-fiction piece, “The Scent of a Daphne,” has been published in Rooted: An Anthology of Arboreal Nonfiction from Outpost 19 press. It’s a great anthology edited by Josh MacIvor-Anderson, author of On Heights & Hunger, with a foreword by Bill McKibben, one of the most respected and well known environmental advocates. Outpost19 has a terrific section of writing prompts and thoughts on craft as they relate to the natural world. Click here to explore. My little blurb is in the Author Notes. Rooted is available at Amazon and other bookstores.
Hi there, I’m Karen. I work as a gardener by day and write stories by night, mostly about planty things, as fictional stories or non-fiction narratives and articles. My ultimate goal is to spotlight the cool side of horticulture, the amazing rare plants and interesting, sometimes eccentric, people who make or take care of them. Over the years, I’ve written short stories, creative non-fiction, novels, blog posts, articles, and reviews. I hope you enjoy exploring this website of my work.