Two ice orchids and an inch of growth

This is a excerpt from a longer work in progress. When you’re 54 years old and you haven’t had a physical exam in four years, you need to prepare. I shouldn’t have waited four years. Not while I had health care coverage and a capacity to pay – never to be taken for granted. And…

Editorial Note

Thank you to everyone reading WLST. On one hand, I can’t believe I didn’t write a single word here throughout 2017. On the other hand, I know exactly why I didn’t and will write more about that in future posts. I will publish daily on the weekdays but other than this note, I do not…

What To Write When You Don’t Know What To Write

I’m not accustomed to thinking I have writer’s block, but then I also wasn’t accustomed to thinking that when I wake up at 5:40am multiple mornings in a row and strip off sweat-soaked fleece pajamas it’s because I might be entering The Change. It feels more like being corked up than blocked, because the pressure…

Yes You Can: Write and Submit an Opinion Column

I’ll never forget the time I was talking to my dad on the phone about how my freelance writing career was going. It was 2005 and I’d been getting published, for pay, since 2002 (the Plain Dealer op-ed pages were the first, thank you, Brent Larkin). I had a 20 hour per week, two-year contract…

Writes Like She Tumbles

I do a lot of micro-blogging these days – posting tweets (@jillmz) and sharing links to articles and other information via Facebook.  Although I love this blog and blogging, I’m finding it nearly impossible to make the time it takes to post the way I like to, for purposes of a blog. Enter Writes Like…