Oujournalist’s Blog

The blog of a freelancing journalist in Arizona

Help from friends guides writer January 17, 2018

Filed under: Artists in Pinal County,Books,Pinal County,writing — Candace Hughes @ 4:03 pm

I have a number of people assisting me in my writing life. They include my Mom, who unearthed this index card from a high school or college class. In addition, the encouragement of meaning and mission comes from We Were Eight Years in Power along with the reminder to write on my blog. Adam J. Kurtz’s Things are What You Make of Them brings me daily ideas to keep my production going. I often read and reread the essay from The New Yorker “What Mary Oliver’s Critics Don’t Understand.” As the article states, Oliver provides a blueprint for how to go about observing the natural world and producing art. The Story Cure by Dinty W. Moore of Ohio University provides story starters that prompt me to find fresh ideas. Start Where You Are A Journal for Self-Exploration by Meera Lee Patel tells me to go outside and write down what I see. “Forget the Career Ladder: Start Creating Assets” by Mark McGuinness helps me as I continue to change from journalism to creative nonfiction, poetry and essays. These and other writings are starting my day today.image


Arizona DEQ employs two landfill inspectors January 7, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 8:19 pm

One of the two landfill inspectors employed by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will examine the fence on the north side of the Apache Junction Landfill along Baseline Road. Water quality reports are available through a request for public information.


Desert story July 27, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 3:01 am

The desert speaks in rattles, blooms in yellow flowers, shines in rainbows, runs in muddy waters, grows in cactus fruit, seeds itself with creosote beans, renews itself by soaking up water and frightens itself with floods.


I am working on turning some of my writing from junior high and high school into an essay on why women write. July 25, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 2:36 am

This is my office in Arizona. July 21, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 12:24 am

The prickly pear fruit provide food for the birds. July 19, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 2:04 pm

I am at work on a book of nature photographs. July 18, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Candace Hughes @ 7:55 pm