A friend of mine said that about me once. I have always chosen to see it as compliment. I have written so many profiles of so many cool people for higher ed publications in my thirty+ years at this writing game. What an insanely wonderful treat to have a profile in my one and only undergrad alma mater’s English Dept. publication written about me by … Continue reading What’s a Kim MacQueen without a plan?
I’m in my new work space/eldest daughter’s former bedroom. Her bed is still in here, but she’s not. The dog sleeps in it now. I made the bed today, because that has become very important to me these days, I guess so that the dog will have a nice place to sleep/snore. I kept thinking about Fred the Baker. Remember that commercial in the early … Continue reading Time to Make the Donuts
Maybe, like me, you’re walking the dog a lot. Maybe, like me, you’re able to access lovely city parks like the one pictured below, because they haven’t been closed yet, and so, like me, you’re able to nod at the 57 emails you’ve already gotten today that tell you how important it is to exercise and breathe fresh air, so you go walk the dog … Continue reading Quarantine Green
Back in May, when this wonderful book first came out, I was knee-deep in my masters’ thesis with its author, trying to get my mind around finishing up my grad program. As my thesis advisor, Lisa Romeo was trying to get her mind around the same thing, and putting out her first book at the same time. I mean it was BUSY. But we took … Continue reading My interview with Lisa Romeo
Brad Warner has written several books about what the intersection of Zen Buddhism and Japanese monster movies has meant for him personally, as well as what it can mean for all of us who want to learn a little more about meditation and enlightenment and all that. When Warner isn’t traveling the world leading Zen retreats, he runs Angel City Zen Center in Los Angeles. His latest … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Dogen
Last November, as we approached the Election Day, I had that week all planned out. On Tuesday night, we’d have an election party at the house to celebrate the election of our first woman president. On Friday, I’d planned to take the day off and work on my radio play, a combination soap opera/farce. When I told my husband my idea for the party, he … Continue reading Publishing. We Need It.
We were looking over glossaries of industry terms for publishing class this week, and I spent a good chunk of that time reviewing terms I already know: things like body copy, copyright page, and front matter. Things that I’m familiar with not only as a reader but as somebody who’s lucky enough to get to write, edit and produce books and magazines with college students … Continue reading I’ll Take Colophons for $400
To me, being accomplished means having a recognizable voice. It means feeling at least a moderate comfort level with nearly any topic, even politics. It means being able to write about how I feel about Donald Trump’s presidency, and how it makes me want to poke my eyes out and run into the street screaming, in such a way that someone who may inexplicably feel … Continue reading What does it mean to be an accomplished writer?
Little while back when I was so snowed under with writing and advising and teaching and having bronchitis and being so busy I was not talking to anyone who wasn’t an immediate family member, I was able to speak with to this amazing and inspiring writer, Shozan Jack Haubner, for Hunger Mountain’s website. Our interview is here. Shozan Jack has gone from being my favorite Buddhist writer … Continue reading “Is writing in itself a kind of spiritual practice, and if so, how?”
Champlain Publishing is helping Alumna Colleen Rooney publish a collection of essays written by Champlain students. It’s called Publishing: Digitized and Personalized, and it’ll be out in the world Feb. 3. We’re going to have a big party at Champlain that day. You’re invited. So last month, as is apparently my way, I sat back down with the manuscript at the last possible second to … Continue reading On Publishing…and Procrastination