Rockies October 2009
My Happy Place, the San Juan Mountains in Colorado

Beth Bates, MFA in creative writing, MA in counseling  Previous CNF editor for Flying Island Journal and prose editor for Booth; occasional CNF teacher at the Indiana Writers Center

Writer, writing coach, book editor; ardent mother and wife; creative nonfictioner who dabbles in fiction; lover of fresh air, grass, plants, dirt, sand, waves, mountains, and stories well told

Being paid to be creative or help others refine their work makes me feel like a lottery winner.

“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” —Anne Lamott

“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.” —St. Augustine

“Let it be known: I did not fall from grace.

I leapt
to freedom.”

—Ansel Elkins, Autobiography of Eve

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