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13. “7 Deadly Sins of the Writing Life: Pride” by co-author Cheryl Wilder, Hunger Mountain, Fall 2012, March 2015

12. “7 Deadly Sins of the Writing Life: Wrath” Hunger Mountain, Fall 2012, March 2015
Wrath doesn’t sound fierce enough for its meaning. It starts with a liquid consonant and ends with a breeze through the teeth, and it’s comprised of a single syllable that contains the first vowel sound we teach to children.

11. “7 Deadly Sins of the Writing Life: Greed” Hunger Mountain, Fall 2012, March 2015
Maybe it’s the election, but “Greed” comes easy to the tongue.

10. “7 Deadly Sins of the Writing Life: Gluttony” by co-author Cheryl Wilder, Hunger Mountain, Fall 2012, March 2015

9. “7 Deadly Sins of the Writing Life: Lust” Hunger Mountain, Fall 2012, March 2015
There are days when I so badly want to write, that I think I could put my infant son in his crib, close the nursery door, and let him wile away the day so I could surrender to my urge.

8. “7 Deadly Sins of the Writing Life: Sloth” by co-author Cheryl Wilder, Hunger Mountain, Fall 2012, March 2015

7. “7 Deadly Sins of the Writing Life: Envy” Hunger Mountain, Fall 2012, March 2015
At a recent gathering of writers intending to read new work to each other, a friend (I’ll call him “Mark”) told me he had some positive writing news to share. Good will rose in me.

6. “7 Deadly Sins of the Writing Life: Introduction” by co-author Cheryl Wilder, Hunger Mountain, Fall 2012, March 2015

5. “Writing Gender” Hunger Mountain, March 2012
I trained to be a teacher while on the job, working at a co-ed elementary school in Manhattan’s East Village. There, I learned the basics: engaging students, managing a classroom, and deciding what kids need to know. I felt the common newcomer’s idealism about the direct impact teachers have on students.

4. “The Inner Identity of Immersion Memoir” The Writer’s Chronicle, December 2011
A man is camping on a beach in Japan. It’s a stormy night. The ocean surges closer and closer to his tent but the man, having biked over two hundred miles from Kyoto to Tokyo, is too exhausted to move.

3. “Shape Is the Thing” Hunger Mountain, June 2011
My husband and I recently visited Montreal for our anniversary. While braving a rainstorm to check out Old Montreal’s offerings, we passed a jewelry studio, closed for the weekend. I stopped, not only because I usually stop for the unusual and the studio’s windows displayed eye-catching pieces, but also because I noticed something hanging over the door.

2. “Writing Manifesto” Bite My Manifesto, January 2011
Early in school, we learn to tackle word problems in math class by drawing a picture, making a chart, creating a number sentence.

1. “The Price of Remaining Human” Hawaii Women’s Journal, November 2010
Two strangers meet on a mountain path. One dies, one lives. Decades later, they both return to finish the story.

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