shout out to my old stomping ground

Writing is so much a part of the culture of Iowa City that quotes from famous authors with ties to Iowa City are engraved in the sidewalks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The bronze relief sidewalk panels surround the downtown area and feature the words of Flannery O’Connor, Carl Klaus, Rita Dove, and Tennessee Williams, among dozens of others.

— Cristóbal McKinney

Writers arrive in Iowa City to be among the best. I was no different. A place can inspire you, but in the end, hard work and lots of failures go into becoming a writer. O my list of rejections. I have learned so much with each one. Keep chugging, keep creating more work, keep revising, never stop. Found my writing haven in the deep forest; creativity requires listening to monastic silence on most days.

 forest therapy for this writer. camp sherman love.

forest therapy for this writer. camp sherman love.