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Linda Niehoff
I'm a spiral-notebook writer and a photographer.
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I brought this book home from the library. It's a children's book, but that's OK. I have a child's heart. It was about e.e. cummings. Really, I knew little of him except that he says that the world "is puddle-wonderful" in one of my favorite poems. But nothing about him... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at The Written Picture
I had two stories out at the beginning of April: Last Resort came out in Pithead Chapel. And The Tiny Woods came out in Midwestern Gothic. You can purchase a copy of Issue 17 here . Also they interviewed me! Read about my process and how living in the Midwest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at The Written Picture
I have a new story out today at TriQuarterly Magazine. I wrote Like Magic Waiting last spring after a late snow, long before the cicadas were singing in the trees or sunlight glimmered in the leaves. Long before anyone could be out in the tall grass of an open field... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at The Written Picture
Since you said to "dream big" - I would love a tutorial on making videos. Just simple sweet little videos like the one you guys made in Costa Rica. I get that it probably wasn't simple or little AT ALL, but it would be fun to make videos of trips - just little snippets all strung together. But I don't know where to start so I thought maybe a tutorial for beginners. Not so much apps (but maybe some of those, too) but mainly what to include and just how to do it. The concept and story of a video, if that makes sense.
Here's a list I made up for myself years ago and add to every so often. I'd like to say that it's on a faded crinkly slip of paper tucked inside an old scratched up leather notebook that I pull out with trembling fingers. But it's not. It's just a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The Written Picture
What could be cooler than guest blogging for one of your literary heroes? I got the chance when Deanna Raybourn put the call out on Facebook and Twitter for people to blog for her over the month of December. What's even better is that anyone could. You didn't have to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at The Written Picture
I woke up to a fun blog post this morning: Carlotta Eden edits Synaesthesia Magazine, and yesterday she posted a list of her favorite stories in 2014. I'm so excited to have "When You Carry Him Home" included - which you can read here. You can find all of my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2014 at The Written Picture
It hasn't all been writing around here. We've decorated our tree. Celebrated our first snow. Watched this girl dance as The Sugar Plum Fairy. (Photo edited with the Waterlogue app.) Went on adventures with this little guy. And tried our best to keep him out of trouble. Happy Winter/Merry Christmas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at The Written Picture
I have a new story up at Boston Literary Magazine. You can read it here. I wrote 20 stories in the month of May. This was one of them. I didn't mean for it to be 100 words. I meant for it to be just a little story that took... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at The Written Picture
This is so cool! I had already decided to work on one thing every day and now your cool calendar comes along? You bet I'm getting one!!
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I would love to see the camera card turn into a print!! And that notepad = would you ever consider adding it to the shop?
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2014 on Happy Mail Unboxing: December at A Beautiful Mess
OK I have to be the one to ask. What notebook is that? I don't know why, but I'm a sucker for handwritten notes, journals, sketchbooks, plans, etc. Love seeing the plans alongside finished projects. So cool. And PS LOVE your color choices. Gorgeous.
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I have a new story up at Bartleby Snopes today: I'm kind of partial to this little one. It keeps talking to me, telling me what comes next and next and next. And when I re-read it, I hear its voice all over again. I like it how it is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at The Written Picture
Stories are told through skin. Love. Murder. Betrayal. The tongue that moves in a lie. The solid fist that slams into a cheekbone and leaves a purple bloom. The feet that walk to the corner, climb the steps to the bus. The irises that watch the houses and fields pass... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at The Written Picture
No other season does light like winter. Maybe because it's a precious thing. A thing to be coveted and held onto because of how rare it is. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at The Written Picture
I'm reading The Haunting of Hill House slowly in the evenings when the dark comes early. Orange light inside and the ocean wave wind outside make me feel like I'm living in a moment already past. Already remembered. Golden. Blurred. Somehow it makes me not worry that winter is coming. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Written Picture
I had a story up at Necessary Fiction last week. You can find it here. I've also put together a list of my publications here. Lots of little stories are being constructed here at the story factory. Then turned into paper airplanes and sent out all over the world. OK.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2014 at The Written Picture
OK I'm already worried it's going to sell out. This sounds awesome. And after seeing your notebooks/lists/plans on the blog, I can't wait!
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I had a teeny tiny story published at Dogzplot magazine. You can read it here. Just a small piece that I wanted to sound like the crooked notes of a saxophone dripping down through the night air. I don't know if I accomplished it, but I was so excited to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at The Written Picture
These girls performed their last dance together. We turned our faces toward the sun. We saw the mountains and waded in mountain streams. We celebrated 19 years. There were stories. Lots of stories. This boy got baptized. We started taking her senior pictures. We tried to hold on to what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at The Written Picture
We loaded up the truck with 2 new cheap sleeping bags and the fire lanterns we bought. Dinner was sandwiches in plastic wrap, chips and frozen Cokes from Kwik Shop. We drove down back twisty roads and saw glitter exploding over tree tops all along the horizon. The windows were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at The Written Picture
Love this video. Would you guys ever do a tutorial or post on making little films like this - what equipment, apps, software you use + any tips, tricks, or hints you might have?
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2014 on Our Costa Rica Trip (On Video) at A Beautiful Mess
Here's the secret for getting a shot like this: Shoot a lot: Simple as that. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at The Written Picture
I'm just here in my tiny Kansas town, falling in love with globs of spring light. All of these are from Instagram. You can find me here. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at The Written Picture
The Folk set is my favorite and I'm so intrigued by the "Bella" action! I love that you guys list which actions you're using in all of your blog posts.
Toggle Commented Apr 24, 2014 on ABM Actions Giveaway! (CLOSED) at A Beautiful Mess