Blog Hop!

I’d like to thank Ann Finkelstein for asking me to participate in this blog hop. I’ve been neglecting my blog, and this gave me a reason to get back to it. Ann is a talented writer and photographer whose YA fantasy is now out on submission. You can read about her writing process here.   I’m … More Blog Hop!

Opening Up

Once upon a time, I used to agree that picture book writers had to put much more time into selecting each individual word than novelists. After all, picture book writers can have anywhere from seven words to three thousand words to work with as they work to tell an entire story.*  I can’t speak for every novelist, … More Opening Up


A friend of mine, a writer who managed to make me laugh AND get teary eyed at the same moment,  has started group-blogging as Swagger. This bunch of writers came together at a Highlights Foundation retreat and really bonded. Collectively, they’re an interesting bunch. Rich Wallace, for example, has written lot of great middle grade and YA novels. (On a … More Swagger?

Putting in the Miles

When my son started running long distance, his coach said something pretty close to the following:  “Sprinters are born, but you can be successful in long distance if you put in the miles.”  (Now, of course, the elite long distance runners are probably also born, but I’m guessing that even they need to put in some serious … More Putting in the Miles