Taking a Break

I do intend to get back to blogging.  If nothing else, it’s served as a great project diary.  But my husband and I are going to be moving soon.  I’m going to have to dedicate almost all my time to packing, sorting and cleaning and unpacking for the next month or so.  But I’m hoping … More Taking a Break

Writing the Chapter That Doesn’t Want to Be Written

I’ve known for some time that Calyn’s story came to an end rather abruptly.  More than one critique group has told me so.  But I was defeated every time that I tried to come up with one more chapter.  Every possible scene seemed to be wrapped in cotton candy while the cutesiest unicorns and bunny … More Writing the Chapter That Doesn’t Want to Be Written

Finding Metaphors

At some point, the SCBWI Bulletin will publish my poem, WORD WRANGLING, which has the opening line of “Never force a metaphor.”  While I fully support that recommendation, I would argue that you can play with metaphors and maybe even have them over for dinner.  An extremely useful metaphor dropped into my lap after a trip to Yellowstone that ought to … More Finding Metaphors

Back to Blogging

I’m not surprised that September 1 was the last time I managed to pull together a blog post. My husband and I took a trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons from September 10 to the 17.  That took prep time. Five or six days after our return, I was off to Mackinac Island for a … More Back to Blogging

Defending from Irene

I”m another person who’s constantly checking the status of Hurricane Irene from a distance.  Since I teach remotely for the Institute of Children’s Literature, I have a lot of students in harms’ way.  I’m praying that they and their stories are all safe and dry.  

Over 12,000 Words

Despite my “Escape from the Seiser Alm” post, I’ve found myself going back there more than once. But that’s part of my standard operating procedure since I can’t just leave things at the level of what Annie LaMott calls “a sh***y first draft” and move on. One important reason for this is my Dreamweavers’ critique … More Over 12,000 Words

Finding a Way to Win

I”ve been watching the U.S. Women’s Soccer team with delight.  Less than 10 minutes after this blog post goes up, I’ll be plopping myself in front of the TV to watch them take on Japan.  Both teams arrived at this moment because of their skill, determination, conditioning and desire. Players like Abby Wambaugh, Hope Solo, and … More Finding a Way to Win

Juggling Projects

Some writers out there are jugglers.  They can easily switch from project to project.  In fact, there are those who strongly feel that you should have more than one project out there so that you can jump to something else if you feel blocked.  Since I am by nature both a plodder and a polisher, … More Juggling Projects

Revising Again

I’m not sure how many times that I’ve finished Calyn’s story, but I might be able to work it out with a piece of paper and a pencil. I can say, however, that it’s gone through two major revisions. The first one was something that I thought I’d never do: I started with a blank … More Revising Again