Angela Amman

Angela

Talismans

– Posted in: Joy

My nightstand is a jumble of treasures. I toss my jewelry there before bed, when I don't remember I'm wearing it until I'm too tired to take seven steps to the closet. A water bottle is a constant, because I've tried using cups, and I spill them. Coloring pages, hair ties, and bobby pins scatter [...]

Turn around

– Posted in: Joy

Even before the snow fell this week, I'd been feeling overwhelmed. My impatience, always lurking in the background, snapped and crackled at anyone in its way. My planner has been sitting, open, in the office, and things are being highlighted. My sense of unease, for once, wasn't particularly connected to having too many things to [...]

Fiction Friday Three – NaBloPoMo Style

– Posted in: Fiction, Writing & Blogging

Lina only tagged along with the would-be brewers because she didn't want to write her philosophy paper. Rex and Reid had been looking at warehouse spaces for the last few weekends, but they were convinced the cavernous space they were seeing on Saturday would finally work for their post-graduation entrepreneurial plans. Lina's best friend had been dating [...]

Not Without My Father – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

I ran gently the day after my half-marathon this fall, testing and stretching sore muscles. The previous day's thirteen (point one) mile run weighed heavily on my joints, and even as my slow run loosened the kinks, I looked forward to stretching, to resting, and I haven't come close to that thirteen (point one) mile [...]

Field trips are awesome

– Posted in: Parenting

You might expect preschoolers on field trips to be an equal combination of awesome and verge-of-collapse. I was wary, to be honest. I hadn't finished my coffee, and Dylan's excitement meter was hovering somewhere between Christmas morning and head spinning in circles on his neck. Four-year-olds, though, like to surprise you. He dragged me to peer [...]

The Virgin Suicides – A review

– Posted in: Book Reviews

In 2012, I did a little "Read it, then watch it" post, and — of course — included The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. The book is one of my favorites, which is simple and so complicated for someone who loves more and more books each year. I've been writing more lately, so I've been [...]

Precipice is here

– Posted in: Writing & Blogging

Stories are the threads that connect people to each other, the ways we realize our similarities and differences, and the ways our lives intersect with those around us. Precipice is one of my favorite projects of the year, because it's a way for storytellers to share their stories in the medium in which they're most [...]

Concessions

– Posted in: challenges

Every once in a while, I scratch out a rough plan for keeping the house spotless. Fine, it's more like a rough plan for keeping the house clean on a rotating basis, rooms cleaned in shifts and an uneasy truce with the laundry that can be ruined by a sick day or a week with more [...]

What I’m reading while I’m writing

– Posted in: Book Reviews

Years ago, I used to read a single book at a time, flipping through the pages as quickly as possible. Now, we're on a steady rotation of kids' books, and I find that I'm reading more than one thing at a time, too. Picking books for the kids never works the way I expect. I [...]

Fiction Friday Two – NaBloPo Style

– Posted in: Fiction, Writing & Blogging

Rain Ozone introduced the drops before they fell. Walkers scrambled into doorways or groped for umbrellas in totes that curved their owners’ spines with an abundance of necessities. Rose watched him walk away from their table with a spine straightened by his revealed truth. Closing her eyes, she turned her face to the gunmetal clouds [...]