Over at the Quivering Pen, Shawn Vestal, author of the newly released collection Godforsaken Idaho, had some things to say about parenting and writing that really hit home.
Here's a taste:
"I needed to be drawn out of myself and into the world, to be forced
to consider my own existence in the context of someone who would look to me as
an example, to be forced to confront, more gravely and less glibly, the parts
of myself that might fall short of that standard, and all of this made me a
more reflective, contemplative human being, and therefore a more reflective,
You can read the entire essay (well worth your time) here.