Lone tree in the Flint Hills, Chase County, Kansas

Lone tree in the Flint Hills, Chase County, Kansas

Hello, People of the World! Cheryl Unruh here. Welcome to my new blog!

I’m really excited to have a new space to spill words onto! A clean new site!

I’ll be covering several main topics here. For one thing, I’ll be talking about the writing process – sharing tricks of the trade, tricks of the mind. And I will post some of my new essays in which I try to capture moments of life, those tiny moments that we humans connect with each other on a deep and meaningful level. And, I’ll splash some of my poetry on this page as well.

I wanted to pick a name for the blog – and with a million blogs out there, every clever turn-of-phrase about writing has already been used to death. So, I thought about taking a line from my own writing and what immediately came to mind was a line from “At Home in the Flint Hills” that I’ve always liked, “A rumor of coyotes hangs in the night air.” This phrase isn’t about writing, but it offers a feeling of wildness, a sense of place, and a little bit of uncertainty, which is always fun. So, coyotes it is!

I hope you haven’t come here expecting to gain information about coyotes! Although I’m not ruling out random coyote mentions. 🙂

My husband, Dave Leiker, a professional photographer and web builder, made this site for me, and I’m thrilled to have a fresh, clean place where I can splatter some words. (Dave is available to build you a website, too. Or he can photograph you or your family – individual or family portraits, senior pictures, weddings, etc. See his work at http://prairiedust.net/)

For those who don’t already know me, I am a writer living in Emporia, Kansas. For over 11 years, I wrote a weekly column for The Emporia Gazette about Kansas topics. The column, called “Flyover People,” led to the publication of two books of Kansas essays, “Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State” and “Waiting on the Sky: More Flyover People essays.” Both books have won the Kansas Notable Book Award (2011 and 2015).

But, hey – it’s time for a fresh start. A new blog. New topics. An expanding outlook on life. I’d be ever so pleased to have you join me here. Thank you.

Peace, Cheryl