Yesterday a reader named Jill wrote and asked
me to explain My Process. I don’t have One. Dear Reader
I Confess I don’t know what I’m going to say before I say it.
I do not have a Poetry Plan or a Fiction Plan either. Some people
know in advance where their characters will go and what will
happen when they get there. My characters wander.
They are CPAs and grocery clerks and mothers and they
are often funny and unpredictable. I don’t
know what they’ll say in advance, although I try to avoid
Many Phrases such as Lessons Learned. In my poems
and in the stories too, they are free to say things like
Stressed is Desserts backwards and God Knows What
Will Happen Next. They visit me while I am here.