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Mardi Link
Northern Michigan
mother of sons, writer in search of good sentences, garden gal
Interests: new words, organic gardening, 8-ball, vodka gimlets, reading, campfires, and good aim.
Recent Activity
It’s been more than a week since I filled in the ovals, front and back, at the township hall, but the “I Voted!” sticker is still stuck on my jacket. It’s right where I put it last Tuesday, when I was so high on democracy that I grabbed the red,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Mardi's Link
I love the fall - pumpkins, apple cider, harvest. But those things happen in October. By the time November arrives in northern Michigan, the pumpkins are carved, seeds toasted, and the harvest is over. November means endings - cutting back the perennials, catching a last glimpse of the frogs in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2012 at Mardi's Link
I'm a dog person. And at various times in my life I've had labs, poodles, sheepdogs, huskies. But nothing, and I mean nothing, prepares you for a corgi . . . Brain of an engineer, heart of a German Shepard, legs of a caterpillar, soul of a poet. Meet Friday,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2012 at Mardi's Link
Your attitude permeates your work. And if you come to your work from a place of fear, your work will be one dimensional and boring. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Mardi's Link
Blanket statements get me riled up because no matter how well intentioned, they are the voice of the oppressor. Do as I say, or else. Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2012 at Mardi's Link
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at Mardi's Link
I was born at Henry Ford Hospital, too. What else did little ol’ me, an a-political mom, wife, and writer in the Midwest, have in common with a woman who could become our next first lady? Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Mardi's Link
There are five of us and we meet behind the muffins. We are the Powerfingers, a name we didn't choose but that chose us after someone's keyboard mangled the title of Neil Young's dark ballad. Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Mardi's Link
If you're a writer thinking about launching a Kickstarter project, what are you waiting for? Here's some tips on how to get your literary project launched and funded. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2012 at Mardi's Link
Believe me, I’ve checked, and when it comes to revenge writing, the universal advice is, Don’t Do It. Ever. Do Not Do It. Don’t even think about doing it. Writing out of some twisted and infantile need for revenge is bad form, bad news, and just plain bad juju. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2012 at Mardi's Link
Here it is, almost the end of January, and I'm still thinking about beginnings. I'm pretty sure that's because I'm mulling over how to start a new project. Outline? I don't need no stinkin' outline. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Mardi's Link
Why can't anyone ever tell the truth in a holiday newsletter? Why? Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2011 at Mardi's Link
Ageism? Phooey! Here are five women who have lived long enough to actually have something important to say. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at Mardi's Link
I got a little nostalgic yesterday and I blame it on two things: The New York Times and my impending milestone birthday. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Mardi's Link
And in this pause before my favorite holiday I'm feeling the gratitude. For a life that includes these good souls and for a home that draws them in. For one day together. For the words from that Maya Angelou poem that might have been written as a lament but when spoken by my father seem reverent than sad: "Nobody, but nobody can make it out here alone." Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2011 at Mardi's Link
I am suspicious of buzz words. Of jargon, sales talk, spokesmodels, infomercials, and even ventriloquists. Maybe especially ventriloquists. What, you may be wondering, does any of this have to do with author platform? Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at Mardi's Link
Perhaps I have pilgrim DNA. Or, maybe it's The Great Depression memories my mother has frequently shared with me. (Lard on toast anyone?) Whatever, I abhor waste. And when you have a dominant character trait like this, it spills over into everything. I abhor waste in my menu planning, waste... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2011 at Mardi's Link
Last month I posted a happy ending lament. Ok, not a lament, a gripe. I griped that happy endings in contemporary literature aren't taken seriously often just because they are happy. Not because they don't work, not because they aren't satisfying, not because they ignore plot, but just because they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2011 at Mardi's Link
Ever since I've been writing, people have asked me if I'm in a writer's group and I've always said no. Not that I haven't tried. I've been in lots of meetings about writer's groups, emailed other writers to ask them if they were interested in a writer's group, tried to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2011 at Mardi's Link
I miss you, Bear River! See you at the conference tomorrow afternoon on The Publishing Panel. Then I'm hoping to spend a little time admiring the sparkle on Walloon Lake from the porch. Today I'm just remembering the good 'ole days, chatting writing with my Bear River pals, Emily Meier... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2011 at Mardi's Link
The first day of June and this (not-so-very) young woman's fancy turns to . . . Wiffle Ball. After extra innings this weekend with the family, it occurs to me that there are parallels between the rules of memoir and the rules of Wiffle. And hey, Mortenson, Frey, Defonseca, Khouri,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2011 at Mardi's Link
Where's my wife? Where in blazes has that little lady gotten herself to now? There are tomato seedlings to plant, an acre-plus of lawn to mow, downed trees from spring storms to cut up into firewood, garden paths to mulch with sawdust, grubs to contemplate the demise of, asparagus to... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2011 at Mardi's Link
Maybe it's those impossibly beautiful images from the Royal Wedding lingering in my head. After all, I'm officially still a newlywed myself. Or, maybe it's that all of the armageddon-laced predictions of late turned out to be wrong. Hell, maybe it's simply that spring has finally arrived in Northern Michigan.... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2011 at Mardi's Link
Has anyone else noticed that chickens have become ubiquitous? This thought occured to me only after reading a feature story in The New York Times about the writer Susan Orlean. Many writers, it seems, have a yen for the hen. This is not a trivial matter and chickens are not... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2011 at Mardi's Link
So I turned in this book a week ago. A memoir. And I can't stop thinking about it. All the best writer's advice says the only balm for that raw feeling of waiting to hear feedback on your finished work is to start writing something new. But how do you... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2011 at Mardi's Link