The Blessing of Boredom

"I'm bored," a child whines. Oh, no! Quick, pull out the paints or Playdough--heaven forbid the child actually sits with nothing to do.In our entertainment-obsessed society, we almost panic at the thought of having nothing to do, at being bored. The world seems to want to fill every spare moment … [Read more...]

Guest Appearance

On a recent post, I listed ideas for posting when ideas aren't coming. One of those ideas was to invite someone to guest blog, which I said I'd never done. I meant that I'd never invited anybody to guest blog over here at Ann Kroeker, but I haven't ever guest blogged for anybody else, either.And … [Read more...]

Three Tips for Efficient Periodical Perusing

The Belgian Wonder had accumulated a lot of frequent flyer miles, but not quite enough for a free flight, doggone it. He said they would expire at the end of '07, and we were able to apply them toward magazines.Oh, my, do I love magazines--well, I love reading material of all kinds. "A-B-A-B," or, … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Deal with Blogger's Block

Sometimes ideas are rumbling around in my brain's gray matter, but I can't seem to capture them and put them into words. When I try but can't seem to compose a meaningful post for my readers, here are some productive ways to keep mentally, creatively, and spiritually "active"--and often, quite … [Read more...]

Every Blog Ought to Post about Beowulf at Some Point

Since I'm trusting that you don't mind my mixing things up here, I decided to test you a bit.Today's post is about Beowulf.I mentioned this to one of my friends. "Beowulf?" she asked, doubtfully."Sure.""This isn't one of your devotional posts, is it?""No. No, it isn't," I admitted."Then what would … [Read more...]

Five Writing Strengths

I was tagged a while back for a writer-meme.The Instructions:So, here’s the challenge: make a list of five strengths that you possess as a writer/artist. It’s not really bragging, it’s an honest assessment (forced upon you by this darn meme). Please resist the urge to enumerate your weaknesses, or … [Read more...]

Backwards WFMW: Blog-Definition

On the backwards edition of Works For Me Wednesday, I get to ask questions instead of offer tips. This blog first came about because of the book I'd written. My publisher suggested I start a blog back when most people I knew had never heard of blogs or blogging. I had to explain it to them, and they … [Read more...]

Feed Me (a Carrot), Seymour!

About a week ago I posted about blogs needing to be fed.A bit later, I shared my experience at a writing workshop called "Writing from the Heart," where the leader recommended we find the convergence of heart and mind, where what we're dealing with at a heart level is also what we're thinking a lot … [Read more...]

Outlandish Poetry: “And another thing…”

When I stepped into the first breakout session at the writers' colloquium last weekend, I felt a familiar sensation. Let's call it the "stomach-gasp." It wasn't audible, but visceral, occurring somewhere in the gut, near the pit of my stomach. As if sucked back in time to Ballantine Hall on the … [Read more...]

Write from the Heart

At the writers' colloquium I attended last weekend, the one where Haven Kimmel brought the keynote message, I participated in a breakout session entitled "Writing from the Heart." The workshop leader, Brent Bill, led us through a couple of simple exercises designed to illustrate that while it's … [Read more...]