How does your garden grow?


These MFA residencies in Charlotte are a kind of intensity I can’t ever seem to describe to anyone who’s not in a low-residency Creative Writing Program. My head hurts for twelve hours a day from taking in so much information. This kind of learning program fulfills me in a soulful, intellectual, limitless way.

I will never see writing, and its place in the world, in the same way.

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Later this week, I’m going to publish a post entitled, Everything You Need To Know About Summer Writing Prompts for Kids. And next week, I’ll begin posting prompts. This summer, I’ll only be posting three times a week (probably Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). But I’ll leave up last year’s board on Pinterest in case your budding writer has the itch to write 5 days a week.

Stay tuned.

And since I’m throwing myself into Summer Writing Prompts for Kids, I’m going to publish Book Banter only once a week this summer. Instead of including all the links I like in book, publishing, and writing news, I’ll link just to my favorites.

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Frog at a pond.

Frog at a pond.

Yesterday, my family went to an amazing new exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. It’s  indescribable, actually. Check out these photos!

I was so inspired, today I dragged all three kids to our local nursery to pick up a few things for our first vegetable garden. In the past, I’ve planted flowers (with dismal results) but never food. We’ll be starting small with a potted garden on our deck. I’ve got big tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, banana peppers, blueberries, basil, oregano, and parsley. We’ll see how many I kill off the first few weeks. I’ve been known to kill even a cactus. Keep your fingers cross for my decidedly un-green thumb and send any advice my way.

Doesn't this dog look real?

Doesn’t this dog look real?

Earth Mother. I could have stared at her all day.

Earth Mother. I could have stared at her all day.

A friendly Ogre.
A friendly Ogre.

If you didn't believe in unicorns before, you will after you see this one.

If you didn’t believe in unicorns before, you will after you see this one.

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3 thoughts on “How does your garden grow?

  1. How wonderful. I’d love to post some of them on my FB page. My garden doesn’t look like that, but I have a pretty nice herb garden.

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