Hi there and thanks for reading.

I know many writers create blogs to talk about the writing process, publishing, news about upcoming writing-related events, and to engender conversations about writing. These bloggers do a good job so I don’t think you need one more.  Instead, I hope to use my blog, “The Early Draft,” to experiment with some possible essay ideas. It’s a place to get over my self-consciousness at showing work that is not in its final form and to bask in the feedback and encouragement that my lovely readers provide. I hope you’ll enjoy reading some of this early draft writing. You never know, you may find a version of it published in a journal, magazine, or book. Stranger things have happened…

Thank you for coming to my blog!



  1. Hi,

    I read the piece about luggage and your father. It was really beautiful. I lost my father four years ago and then some… I was at a writer’s residency on Flores Island in the Azores with Erika Sanders and the email I just sent to her was bounced back. My name is Amanda Deutch and I found your blog by googling Erika and Whidbey,. I’d really like to get in touch with her. Can you please relay that to her for me? Thank you.



  2. I really enjoyed your piece on what a butch carries in her purse. I am in my own process of becoming whatever it is I will discover on the other end (at the ripe age of 46) and I still carry a purse. I don’t think I’ll ever give it up – it’s just too darned handy!

    But the best thing in your purse? The pen from Solstice. You see, as part of my becoming I just finished my first residency at Solstice (in poetry). I love it there and I hope I get to be the proud owner of a green Solstice pen (to match my green Solstice bag, which has become a constant companion to my purse).

    I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog. Maybe some day we can meet during residency…I’m going to be there for a while.


    • Hi again. Is your first name Von?

      It would be great to meet at a Solstice residency. I will look forward to seeing you in January. Solstice is a special place, I agree. I, too, carry that green Solstice bag along with my purse, LOL. I know you’ll get your pen. I’m sure you’re a terrific writer. And we all become what we are meant to become in the time that it takes. I look forward to saying hi in person. We are FB friends now. Stay in touch!

      Take care,


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