Friday Five Valentine’s Day Edition: Five Things I Love This Week

Why not, right? So 5 things I loved this week. My husband and son for being my Valentines whether or not they admit, accept, or enjoy it. I don’t think they’ll turn down the chocolate. My cat, whose eyes pretty much light up like flashing, neon ***LAP*** signs when she sees me sit down on […]

Friday Five: Five Things about Alice

If you’re my friend on Facebook, right about now you’re probably making that really mature, fake gagging gesture and saying, “Oh, puh-lease! Have we not heard enough about that cat in the last week?!” But for those of you who haven’t seen all the pics and those of you who just, you know, LOVE CATS, […]

Friday Five: Halloween

We’re celebrating Halloween tomorrow, with a party, and we don’t get trick-or-treaters on Monday (too far up in the mountains without being in a little mountain “neighborhood.”) So a few days early, here are some of my favorite things about Halloween. 1. Candy. Yes, you knew I was going to say that. My favorites? Butterfingers, […]

Friday Five: Around the Blogosphere

For today’s Friday Five: a few writerly things other people are saying around the blogs: Janet Hardy on following through on the tension you’ve created. Jama Rattigan is celebrating the 4th anniversary of her delicious blog by welcoming everyone to her new site. Kurtis Scaletta talks about the five ways writers have to describe their […]

Friday Five: Out of Town

As you read this, or shortly after, I’ll be on the road (or many roads) on my way to the SCBWI Spring Spirit conference in Rocklin, California. For us non-geography experts, that’s right up in/near Sacramento. To get there, I head out of my mountains, through the heart of Silicon Valley, up into some lovely […]

Friday Five: Random Info that Might Possibly, Someday, Be Useful

Write what you know. I’ve talked about that concept before, how I really think part of creating a story that we love writing (and others hopefully love reading) is stretching ourselves beyond what we know. Still, all of us have histories and worlds that we’ve lived in that could, possibly, add a layer of something […]

Friday Five: Flexible Critique Groups

True story: I’m in a yoga class years ago. I’m trying the poses, feeling the stretch, even though–at no point when they’re supposed to–do my fingers get anywhere near the floor; at many points when I’m supposed to be standing with balance, I’m tipping over & bumping into the wall. There is a woman a […]

Friday Five: MORE Things I’ll be Researching

Here’s the thing about the research bucket. It’s like Mary Poppins carpetbag–never really empty. I said back here that, in my second draft, I want to be able to weave in a lot of the history I need for the story. So I’ve spent a lot of time the past few months doing the kind […]

Halloween: Friday Five

My Friday Five for the holiday: 1. Son is dressing up as Dr. Horrible. Friend is dressing up as Captain Hammer. There will be no freeze gun or boxing gloves, but lots of singing, I’m sure. 2. I will be going with the usual question…Mom. I’ve added a few more wrinkles to the costume, I […]