Notes and Words Essay Contest Finalist!

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Okay, friends and loyal blog followers also known as friends, I know I just posted. I know I was just wallowing in self-pity because my agent said “no” yesterday. I KNOW. But as this world often does, mine just did a big 180-degree turn. A few minutes ago, I received word that my essay had […]

The One Less Traveled

Sunrise Through the Windshield

Obstacles often present themselves as opportunities. Today, I get to wrap my arms around that life lesson and give it a little squeeze. Here’s what I received from my prospective agent this afternoon: “Dear Ms. Willis, Thank you for your patience while we gathered a number of readings on THREE OF EVA. ¬†Prospective Agent #1 […]

Employment History

On Monday, I start a new job as a full-time communications writer. The company is based out of Indy, but I’ll work remotely from Starkville. Perfect. It’s been a pretty fun ride — kind, scary-smart people to interview with, exciting work to be done, my first full-time gig in a long time. Well, full-time as […]



It was a last minute decision, a spur-of-the-moment road trip. My cousin, Brandi — unexpectedly expecting her second son, thirteen years after the first — was the guest of honor at a Brown County baby shower thrown by our cousin, April. All my aunts, cousins (save a few), and cousins’ kids were scheduled to be […]