Linda Bates Margison

Writer * Editor * Dreamer

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NaNoWriMo: Join me on this creative journey

Have you ever wanted to write a book? “Sure, Linda, who hasn’t, but it takes so long to write a book. I’d never find the time.” Or… “I tried that once, but it took me 10 years to write it…. Continue Reading →

It’s a new, different era, and that’s OK

Part of my identity crisis in the past five years is because I don’t feel like a writer. I lost connection with the person I was, editor of the local newspaper, writer of stories about people, revealer of truth. I now… Continue Reading →

The Nest Makeover: As parental roles evolve, writing and dreams resurface

Early morning departure. Coffee fills the travel mug. Eyes alert, at least, for now. Gas tank full. Music set to shuffle through an eclectic hodgepodge. We’re off. Hours on the road. The cup is empty and the bladder is full,… Continue Reading →

The Tortured Artist: Is it all in your head?

When Robin Williams killed himself, the world catapulted his death above any other headline that day. Seconds after I learned, the evening news cut in to make the announcement. Suddenly, the world exploded with mental illness news. Everyone knew someone… Continue Reading →

Goodbye, TIBC: Together, we made a difference

Almost five years ago, my 20-year journalism career hit a crossroads, and I had to make a difficult decision: be a puppet or stand up for my values and this community. I chose this community. I believed you deserved a… Continue Reading →

Beginnings, Endings and The Nest Makeover

It all started with a queasy, strange feeling as we entered Wal-Mart searching for post-Christmas bargains. I couldn’t explain why I didn’t feel well, or how I didn’t feel well, but the complaint was enough to cut our trip short…. Continue Reading →

Grandma: Salty, spicy, sweet

I woke up this morning, and for the first time in my life, my grandma wasn’t there. I didn’t expect to feel such a hole in my life, but it’s there. She still lives on in my heart, this I… Continue Reading →

Journey Begins With A Step

I chastise my actions and inactions. I question my goals and motives. I wonder if the pull — the desire — to write is important enough to give up all other responsibilities. This is a drive so powerful and strong… Continue Reading →

Challenge Day 6: TGIF

Many cultures deem Friday an unlucky day — not just the day on which the 13th of any given month falls, but every Friday. In America, Friday holds more positive qualities than negative, mainly due to its placement as the… Continue Reading →

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