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on the power of showing up

note: I wrote this post in April of 2019 (pre-COVID). It's been sitting in my drafts for quite a while, but I think it's time for it to see the light of day. It's been helpful for me to reread over the past few months, especially as I continue to try to make an effort to write, and I hope it can be helpful to you, too. i got an invite to a writers' group a few months ago, and i had never felt like more of a fraud in my life. it had been months, if not years, since i'd felt like a writer. the proverbial well of words in my heart had dried up, it seemed, and i wasn't sure if it was ever coming back. i agreed to go out of a sense of helplessness—i'd identified as a writer ever since i could remember. if i'm not a writer, who am i?  i told myself that it was important to show up and act like a writer even when i didn't feel like one, because even though i hadn't been writing, i reassured myself, i still was a writer. but sometimes the words f

about me


who is she?
Sky is a writer and perpetually tired person living in Colorado. She dreams of different places and people nearly constantly, so good luck getting her to pay attention to anything. If you do get her attention by some miracle, you can keep it by talking about Marvel, storybuilding, or that one weird ghost experience you had one time.

what is this? This is Sky's blog that she's been writing on, in some form or another, since 2006. (She feels old as she's typing this.) Formerly titled Further Up and Further In, this blog hasn't changed much — it's still a place for Sky to write about life, writing, and everything in between. Popular topics include mental health, chronic illness, and whatever thought happens to be gallivanting across her mind like a gazelle that day.

how can i keep in touch? Sky is surprisingly bad at keeping up on social media, but you can find her on Twitter sometimes, or shoot her an email. You can also see her collected work on other sites here.

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