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Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Playground Revolution

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Nearly 40 years ago, I was a small, tomboyish fifth-grader. (Shout out to my GenXers!). This was an era when a 10 year old was still very much a kid. I certainly was. My school, Walt Disney Elementary School (for real), still held recess at lunchtime, but the playground equipment was less enticing at that […]

“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

My mom died last week. I won’t talk here about how she died, but I do want to talk about how she lived. These are the remarks I made during her remembrance: My mother, Joanne, was all about that bling. Anything and everything shiny. Her hair, her makeup, her clothes were always 110% on-point. She […]

How to Lose a Year of Your Life

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Prologue: As of this writing, 2.65 million people worldwide have died of Covid-19. Deaths in the United States number more than half a million. There are millions more who survived the virus. And millions more who have lost everything, but their life, to the shutdown. If you’re fortunate enough to be reading this, as I’m […]

Stasis vs. Social Distancing

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Sta·sis /ˈstāsis/ Noun: A period or state of inactivity or equilibrium. Prologue: I started thinking about the concept of stasis as long ago as last fall when I jotted it into my journal, pondered through winter, and finally began writing in the first days of March. It was a good time to write about stasis […]

May the force be with you. Always.

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

I was almost four and a half in the summer of 1977. Just a baby nerd-introvert. My mom was having a Tupperware party and wanted everyone out of the house, so my dad took my sister and me to the movies. I was so small that I could stand up in the row and put […]

Confessions on a Dance Floor

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

I am not a good dancer. That doesn’t stop me from tearing it up in the kitchen to our famed 80s music mix. I used to dance a lot more, and in public; despite my introvert persona, I rarely missed a school dance as a teenager. Music has always moved… [Read More] The post Confessions on a […]

Swans and Ducklings: A Story of Self-Image

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Not long ago I came across an old driver’s license issued to me in 2000, when I was 27 years old. Driver license photos do not tend to be the most flattering likeness of a person, but as I peer at a seventeen-years-younger me through the reader-portion of my progressive… [Read More] The post Swans and Ducklings: […]

Swans and Ducklings: A Story of Self-Image

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Not long ago I came across an old driver’s license issued to me in 2000, when I was 27 years old. Driver license photos do not tend to be the most flattering likeness of a person, but as I peer at a seventeen-years-younger me through the reader-portion of my progressive… [Read More] The post Swans and Ducklings: […]

Rocks Calling: Confessions of A Petraphile

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Rocks call to me. I could say simply that I collect rocks, but that feels reductive. Or perhaps even the opposite of what is true. Rocks collect me. Just this morning, The Husband mumbled that if I bring one more rock into the house, the floor might collapse. Picking up… [Read More] The post Rocks Calling: Confessions […]

Rocks Calling: Confessions of A Petraphile

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Rocks call to me. I could say simply that I collect rocks, but that feels reductive. Or perhaps even the opposite of what is true. Rocks collect me. Just this morning, The Husband mumbled that if I bring one more rock into the house, the floor might collapse. Picking up… [Read More] The post Rocks Calling: Confessions […]

Divining The Key

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

This spring marks five years of freelance writing. It was a slow start. I spent those first months reading and researching, while meeting my nephew’s school bus. Over the following two years, I cultivated business relationships and my time slowly began to fill with freelance work; I was ramping up… [Read More] The post Divining The Key […]

Divining The Key

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

This spring marks five years of freelance writing. It was a slow start. I spent those first months reading and researching, while meeting my nephew’s school bus. Over the following two years, I cultivated business relationships and my time slowly began to fill with freelance work; I was ramping up… [Read More] The post Divining The Key […]

Summit Thoughts

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

I am not below ground. I am far up above in the sky, on a peak of rock. On the peak of me. Getting here was not guaranteed. Climbing over rocks and logs, feet moving over loose stone, knotty roots, and slick pine needles. A push from behind is needed… [Read More] The post Summit Thoughts appeared […]

Summit Thoughts

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

I am not below ground. I am far up above in the sky, on a peak of rock. On the peak of me. Getting here was not guaranteed. Climbing over rocks and logs, feet moving over loose stone, knotty roots, and slick pine needles. A push from behind is needed… [Read More] The post Summit Thoughts appeared […]

Cancer: A Retrospective

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

This post has been a long time coming. At this writing, it has been a little over two years and nine months since I was first diagnosed with melanoma. Treatment involved: 2 general anesthetic surgeries within 2 weeks of each other. The first a procedure to remove a crescent of… [Read More] The post Cancer: A Retrospective […]

Cancer: A Retrospective

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

This post has been a long time coming. At this writing, it has been a little over two years and nine months since I was first diagnosed with melanoma. Treatment involved: 2 general anesthetic surgeries within 2 weeks of each other. The first a procedure to remove a crescent of… [Read More] The post Cancer: A Retrospective […]

Adventures in Babysitting: Boys of Summer

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Summer is over for nephews K. and D. <sad trombone> Summer 2016 was ‘all-baseball all the time’ as both boys are on travel teams. Practices started way back in March. For months, if they weren’t at a game, they were at practice. I don’t know how my sister does it… [Read More] The post Adventures in Babysitting: […]

Adventures in Babysitting: Boys of Summer

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

Summer is over for nephews K. and D. <sad trombone> Summer 2016 was ‘all-baseball all the time’ as both boys are on travel teams. Practices started way back in March. For months, if they weren’t at a game, they were at practice. I don’t know how my sister does it… [Read More] The post Adventures in Babysitting: […]

Racism in Black and White

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

“What? WHAT THE F*CK?!” This is not a good way to start the day. Shuffling into the kitchen, putting on the kettle, flipping on the morning news—this is routine. The news flickers on and the announcer prefaces an upcoming clip about an officer-related fatal shooting of a black man. This… [Read More] The post Racism in Black […]

Racism in Black and White

by Sudden Write Turn Freelance Writing

“What? WHAT THE F*CK?!” This is not a good way to start the day. Shuffling into the kitchen, putting on the kettle, flipping on the morning news—this is routine. The news flickers on and the announcer prefaces an upcoming clip about an officer-related fatal shooting of a black man. This… [Read More] The post Racism in Black […]