You did not mean to live the life unwritten.

It’s time to write your book, the one that illuminates the path of the here, now and forever.

Whether your enduring path is fiction, memoir or trade nonfiction,

I can lead you to the truest sentence you know.

For years, I have been stealing fire from heaven. Which is to say, I’m a creative.

I’ve been looking for a way to get the word out more directly and more frequently so that I can guide more of you to the life of the written. I want to help you create work that feels targeted and joyful – work that captures significance and is not fleeting.

I’ve decided that the best way to engage with you on the big questions you have about writing would be in my new blog, “The Story Catalyst.” Click on through to learn more about how you can engage on the topics, but here’s a preview. 

The SoulFire, and Other Ways to Steal Fire from Heaven

About how to maintain that creative soulfire and not let the light go out

The Unwritten @ the Story Catalyst

Full of practical tip sheets about writing craft and the publishing world

Ms. Persephone

  • In which I give you a behind-the-scenes peek at the characters in my novel, Searching for Persephone;
  • In which I write about what it means to be creative, female and autonomous;
  • In which I remain, as ever, fiercely feminine and enthralled with the masculine mystique;
  • In which I write about contemporary themes from the ancient Greek myth of mothers and daughters, Demeters and Persephones, their passion and their grief

Vox + Luz

Which includes my Daily Light photo posts, as well as musing about finding your voice even when you are disrupted or silenced

Faith and Meaning

About the search for love, faith and greater truths in a time of flux

The Fallen and The Falling

Which at its heart contains my father’s greatest life questions about abundance, impermanence and forgiveness

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Testament of Love

What do you believe about love? Read Isabel’s Testament of Love, hard-earned wisdom embedded with the truth of lived experience, which comes about one-third of the way into my novel, “Searching for Persephone.” What do you know now that you didn’t know then?

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Why writing is an act of generosity, and what that has to do with Yoda

As writers, the generosity is in letting ourselves be empty so that something wiser may fill us.

Call it inner wisdom, call it illumination, call it Muse, call it creative spirit — to write, to settle in to the page, is to believe that it is forthcoming. As writer Robert Holden (“Loveability” and “Shift Happens”) says, “It shows up more often than not.”

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Chasing the Fugitive: Thoughts on Winter Solstice

Every year, as we approach Winter Solstice, I chase the fugitive. It may seem I am chasing the light, but what I think I’m chasing is the temporal. What I find instead is the eternal.

Every story I create is more alive for knowing that I’m going to die but being able to hold that.

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Why This Teacher Mattered, and Why I’m Speaking Out

I’m a journalist. We aren’t the subject of news stories, but the messenger. But when the twins lost the most inspiring and effective...
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Uncommon Grounds: My Summer Without a Coffeemaker

You got by without a coffeemaker all summer? My friend Diana was incredulous. She knew enough about my author/journalist/entrepreneur/single mother...
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Love Heals: The Grief Project

          Time doesn’t heal. Love heals. When you lose someone, the people around you often don’t know what to...
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