MFA? Yes, please, but hold the kale

Writings posted on the internet have a shelf life shorter than strawberries, so it’s a surprise each time there’s a new buzz of interest about an article I wrote a couple of years ago titled The Pros and Cons of Getting a Creative Writing MFA. Its latest circulation by is especially timely since I’m about to fly to Vermont to give a reading at Goddard College as a visiting alumna. I’m flooded with warm feelings prior to my trip north (which is fortunate, considering Continue reading →

The Unique Paths to 2016

Every Holiday Season I know that many look back on the year, give thanks for their friends and family, look forward to the New Year with hope for everything from family to career and a future that is filled with safety…for everyone; picturing all the good that comes from life. Or, at least, that’s what I most definitely do. I love the conversations right now: Is “Die Hard” a Christmas movie? Sure, why not. As a supreme football fan, I love the sports: O’Dell did Continue reading →

What does a mystery author owe her readers?

By Sheila Lowe Over the past two weeks I’ve read books by five authors I have admired and followed throughout their careers. I’ve read their entire series and standalone books, too, and I’m happy to name Michael Connelly, Robert Crais, and my personal favorite, John Sandford, as consistently enjoyable. I can count on their main characters to be who they’ve always been, and the quality of the writing remains high. On the other hand, the other two authors—coincidentally both female—began to annoy me several books ago. I’ve continued Continue reading →


Last Monday was my birthday and we went to a Chinese buffet for lunch. The next day I felt a little “off.” I’ve just been diagnosed with anemia, so thought it was that making me feel tired. By the evening, though, just as I was due to attend an online meeting—I’ll spare you the icky details, but it became obvious that I had food poisoning. For the rest of the evening, I thought I might die. But, luckily, I remembered what my chiropractor had said a Continue reading →