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My StudyWelcome to the Wider World of Nancy Conyers!  Yes, I’m taking the plunge and dipping into the ponds I’ve crossed and the ponds I’ve lived in and I’m going to start blogging.  I’m not sure yet how often I’ll be posting, but I do know I’ll be musing on the difference between traveling somewhere versus living there, and posting about things that have deep meaning to me after living in twelve cities on three continents in my adult life.  I’ll also be talking about the craft and process of writing, and the concept of being a writer/calling yourself a writer before you’ve been published.  I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Hair, The Final Frontier Of Coming Out

    As I was styling my hair this morning, fistfuls started appearing in my hands.  And so it begins, i thought, now everyone will know.  Hair loss is the final frontier of coming out with Cancer, with having to let other people know you're going through...

The Game I’ve Got Right Now

I'm getting ready to head out to my first chemotherapy session this morning and I'm petrified.  It makes me sick to my stomach thinking of all the toxic substances that are going to go into my body.  I know I'm not the first person who's ever done chemo and I know I...

They Blinded Me with Science, and Heart

I never understood why anyone was interested in becoming a doctor, dealing with other people's bodily functions all day, poking and prodding their patients privates day in and day out. When I was much younger, I just assumed that the only reason anyone would be a...

Ode To Being Alive

When I read Keats' Ode to a Grecian Urn the first time in 8th grade English, the first thing I thought after finishing it was puhleez, I could write this. Thinking back, that's probably  the first time I knew I wanted to be a writer.  Those moments when my students...

Pre-Op Musings

  So many thoughts and emotions are swimming through my head and my heart as I prepare for surgery on April 2nd, the least of which is that i just wrote "as I prepare for surgery." Aiyuh, as my Chinese friends say, aizheng hen mafan! I've accepted the mafan of...

The Blog I Never Thought I’d Write

When I started this blog at the beginning of the year, I thought my next post after Connection and Kindness would be about the differences between being an expat and an immigrant, about expat privilege and the people I've observed who don't acknowledge their expat...

Connection and Kindness

I have been searching for connection and kindness my whole life without consciously realizing it. In 1995 when I took my first writing workshop with Natalie Goldberg at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, Natalie pulled me aside on the third day of the five day workshop, the...

My First Blog Post

My First Blog Post

It’s one thing to travel somewhere.  It’s a whole other thing to live there. When you live somewhere that isn’t your birth country, you live in extremes.  You see more of the beauties and more of the uglies than a casual or trendy traveler does.   You experience many...