Just Enough Rain

Just Enough Rain

After a spring of record flooding, the summer has turned dry. Dust blows over the gravel roads to and from Girl Scout Camp. Farmers scan the sky, and my husband hauls out the hose to water the garden. We’ve left

Only Connect

Only Connect

There’s been a lot to celebrate in the writing life so far this November. Since I haven’t yet configured a newsletter that will charmingly organize all the things, I will merely list them. THE NECESSARIES is out in print on

Writing Over vs. Overwrought

Writing Over vs. Overwrought

I recently had accepted for publication a story I’ve been sending out for 4 years and have been working on for far longer. So first and foremost, hooray for that. I won’t say where until the publisher confirms that they

Advance copies of THE NECESSARIES

Book cover The Necessaries by Misty Urban

So I just got a box of Advance Reader Copies for my new collection The Necessaries, and I’m noticing how the delirious joy of having a copy of one’s book to hold in one’s hands gets overwhelmed fairly quickly by

When It Works

bulls eye

We all know what the ideal route to publication looks like. It’s a walk through the park with a few major landmarks: Draft, stew a bit, finish draft, let it rest. Get reader feedback. Revise. Rest again. Revise some more,

A Lesson in Patience

A Lesson in Patience

I’ve been thinking about patience lately, as three projects that I finished over three years ago have finally found a pathway to publication. For the record, I’ve been in Muscatine for three years. Before that, we lived in a tiny