Author Archives: Susanna J. Sturgis

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has two blogs going on WordPress. "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories" is about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard. "Write Through It" is about writing, editing, and how to keep going.

Candidates’ Night

There are only two contested races on West Tisbury’s town election ballot, and so far the buzz is not exactly overwhelming, but the turnout for Candidates’ Night on Wednesday was respectable enough. The event was organized and moderated by the … Continue reading

Posted in public life | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

Calendars Rule

I used to pride myself on being able to keep all my engagements and deadlines in my head. My memory isn’t unusually capacious — it’s just that my engagements were few, and because most of my editing jobs are book-length … Continue reading

Posted in music, public life | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Women Stand Together

Across the country and around the world yesterday, women and our allies rallied to celebrate International Women’s Day. In some places, women refrained from work and/or shopping in order to demonstrate women’s significance to the community and the economy. On … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, public life | Tagged , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Bills to Watch Out For

This is the post that “Into the Mud” was supposed to be the introduction to. You can read it first, but you don’t have to. Here’s the key line: “many, many of us have only the shakiest grasp of how government … Continue reading

Posted in public life, tourism | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Into the Mud

The title of my first novel, The Mud of the Place, came from its epigraph, a quote from a 1994 interview with the late poet-writer-activist Grace Paley: “If your feet aren’t in the mud of a place, you’d better watch where your … Continue reading

Posted in musing, public life, writing | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

February License Plate Report

  February is generally a slow month — who comes to a New England seaside resort in the dead of winter? — but the month just past brought five good ones: Oklahoma, Illinois, Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas. Texas actually showed … Continue reading

Posted in license plates | Tagged | 3 Comments

Against Perfectionism

On January 30 I finally did the deed: I changed my voter registration from Unenrolled to Democrat. Written confirmation from the town clerk’s office was dated the 31st. A very small step for a woman, so it seems, but to … Continue reading

Posted in musing, public life | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Remembering the Ferry Islander

This gallery contains 10 photos.

Originally posted on MV Obsession:
February 2007, exactly 10 years ago was the last time I sailed on the Islander.. Even though not sleek or graceful, for 57 years the Islander brought her own special beauty to the waters surrounding…

Gallery | Tagged , | 4 Comments

Small Town Nuts & Bolts

One of the few good things to come out of last November’s presidential election results is a renewed interest in how government works, or is supposed to work, and how we can go about influencing it most effectively. So Saturday … Continue reading

Posted in Martha's Vineyard, public life | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

January License Plate Report

After the very slim pickings of fall, January’s bounty is welcome indeed. This January’s tally of 16 isn’t great — anything less than 20 is nothing to brag about — but it sure beats last January’s 13. The unexpectedly early … Continue reading

Posted in license plates | Tagged | 4 Comments