Friday Five Random Grumpiness: Why I Hate Naps (WITH A DRAWING!)

Naps sneak up on me. Like when all I’ve done is picked up a book, sat down on the couch, coerced the cat to curl up in my lap, and then…Boom! Out of nowhere, I’m snoozing. Naps grind my productivity to a halt. Oh, sure, yes, dreams are restorative and rest is good for my […]

The Big Friendly Giveaway Has a Winner

Last night, I copied the names from the Comments section of my Roald Dahl post onto little piece of paper and dropped them in a bowl. I brought the bowl to my son. He doesn’t get quite as excited as Trixie about helping me choose contest winners, but he does take the minute away from […]

Eva Ibbotson Dies: Sharing a Favorite Book

I just read Eva Ibbotson’s obituary in Publisher’s Weekly. This is a huge loss. Ibbotson is one of my favorite authors, not because I love every book she wrote or, honestly, because I’ve read every book she wrote. She’s one of my favorites, because one of the books she wrote falls into what I consider […]

6-Month Anniversary Prize Winners!

First, thank you to everybody who came and celebrated with me. What a party! (Come on, you know we all love the ones where you don’t have to get dressed up or leave your own home.) So many people wished me good thoughts & entered the contest, it was like having ice cream every day–with […]

Happy Six-Month Release Anniversary…to Me! And a Contest for You!

Six months ago, my book, The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide, officially hit the shelves. It was one of those days of excitement and nerves and a lot of disbelief. I did the launch day thing, and a few weeks later, had my party. It was all MORE than good, and the last six […]

Just for Fun: What Kind of Chocolate Should I Buy?

So…my launch party is in 24 days. Me, counting? There will be cupcakes. There will be Dove bars. Perhaps cookies. There will be a wonderful bookstore location where, before and after the launch, you can browse to your heart’s content. See what I’m offering? There will also be a raffle. I’m having a lot of fun […]


My friend Terri Thayer is having an incredibly, wonderfully busy month. She’s already been to one long-weekend writing workshop, a quilt workshop/retreat, and is off again to a writing retreat in the Southwest. So, when she asked me if I’d like to guest blog for her this week, I said, “Sure.” I also said, “Can’t you […]

Interview: Martha Engber of THE WIND THIEF

I know Martha Engber through the California Writers Club–our paths have crossed a few times over recent years. Martha’s novel The Wind Thief was just released, and Martha sent me an ARC of the book, so I could read it before interviewing her for my blog. The Wind Thief is the story of two heroes, Ajay […]

Wednesday’s Winner…& a Memoir Teleseminar

Last week, I interviewed Laura Purdie Salas about the marketing she did for her picture book Stampede! Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School. I entered everybody who left a comment in a contest for Laura’s book. This morning, I crumpled up all the little pieces of paper and picked one out of the […]

And the Winner Is…

Tonight, my son drew a name from the hat tupperware to see who would get a copy of Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel or Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. And the name he pulled out is….LISA SCHROEDER! Lisa, would you like Maass’ book or his workbook? Send me the answer and your snail mail […]