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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, 21: Celebrating

Week 21. The snow has melted, as has any last resistance to letting the book birth itself in one long easy continuous flow. My editor called this morning to say she completely loves it. The work is approaching completion. Tomorrow night I

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill 20: Pacing

Week 20.  This is my fifth week of immersion in the book. My landscape is the distance between my eyes and the laptop screen. If I gaze outward, I see snow filling my garden. My walks these days are the pacing

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Snow

  Week 19 I’ve turned a corner. I’m writing faster. The book is taking shape. Inside my head it’s less like bumper cars, all chaos and colliding ideas, and more like an orderly intersection with four-way stop signs. I’m walking this week, the snowy path rather than the lake path.

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill: Internal

  Week 18 My landscape this week is internal. I have sequestered myself until the winter solstice, when Your Brain on Ink is midwifed into the world.  Writing is like this for me: I must immerse, sit, “stare at a blank page until drops

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Kay’s Journal: Year at Crown Hill, Week 17: Lift-off

It is the week I have been anticipating for months, the week that has made me apprehensive, the week that my task is to take stacks of paper and craft them into a workbook. It is the week that I complete my finished first draft of Your Brain

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 16: Summit

The word summit has two meanings: the highest point, or a meeting of leaders. Sometimes a gathering of leaders also represents the apex of an upward climb, and that’s what the 2015

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 15: Home

In the early summer of 1959, my family moved from Utah to the western suburbs of Denver. There was a park with craggy bluffs and a wide  creek at the end of our street. I thought all kids grew up with wilderness at the end of their streets. Cottonwood trees

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 14: Returning

My landscape is once again familiar and dear. Three weeks away has cleared cobwebs from my mind, soul, and spirit. I loved every moment of my UK adventure (well, maybe except for that one hotel room), down to the very last day, when Mary Reynolds Thompson and I taught “Writing

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 13: Switzie

My near-fortnight on the Isle of Cumbrae came to a gentle release last Friday, when we unwound the circle and (nearly) all hopped on the same ferry to the mainland, where we boarded the train to Glasgow Central train station, then

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Kay’s Journal: A Year at Crown Hill, Week 12: Isle of Cumbrae

The Isle of Cumbrae is surrounded by the Firth of Clyde, Ballochmartin Bay, and various other bodies of water that eventually merge with the Atlantic Ocean. It is a lovely ecosystem with delightful and often sudden changes in mood. “Ay, there’s a change comin’ in,” the locals will say with

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