And Again: Moving Forward

I try not to talk too much online about the actual specifics of where I am on my writing path. I believe that moving forward consists of lots of ups and downs, some of those forward steps, and plenty of backward ones. I think that Jeannine Atkins’ Views from a Window Seat is probably the […]

Revision Progress

In January, I wrote a review of Jeannine Atkins’ Views from a Window Seat and talked about how motivated I was to turn back toward my picture book revisions. I was so inspired from reading about Jeannine’s focus on sitting with a story, with its characters and its words, all at different stages but always […]

Giveaway: Jeannine Atkins’ VIEWS FROM A WINDOW SEAT

If you’re on Facebook with me, you  may have seen me posting a quote here and there from Jeannine Atkins‘ new writing book, Views from a Window Seat: Thoughts on Writing and Life. I’ve been posting the phrases and sentences because Jeannine’s writing is just so lovely, it goes in your ears, touches your heart, and […]

Brave or Not Brave? AKA There’s No Light in the Story

Last week, I had a bit of insomnia. I get it periodically, nothing horrible, but where I just lay in bed not sleeping. I may have been exhausted two minutes before, but once my head hits the pillow, the sleepiness disappears (not the tiredness, drat!), and the thoughts & worries come in. Like I said, […]

Kadir Nelson’s WE ARE THE SHIP

Today, I finished up the main draft of the NF kids’ book I’ve been working on. Somewhere between 1600 and 1800 words; simple, clear text; and–I think–a nice balance of interest and entertainment. I did my happy dance and decided to celebrate with an evening and a day off work. The evening off included curling […]

Comfort? Here? No way!

This morning, on Facebook, Jeannine Atkins posted a quote by someone named Josh Simpson. The quote was: “It’s important for an artist to find his comfort level—and stay out of it.” I laughed out loud. Why? Because I had just said to my husband that this morning, I was going to spend an hour with […]

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 […]

Thankful Thursday: From My Blog Reader

There are times when it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the information on the Internet, especially when we tell ourselves we’re supposed to be keeping track of it all and applying it to our writing lives. Um…impossible. I have a long list of blogs in my blog reader, and on any given day, I […]

Around the Blogosphere: Who’s Got their Blogging Cap On?

Anyone remember the book Caps for Sale? One of my all-time favorites. I’m trying to remember back to when I was a kid, but I think I related to both the monkeys (I mean, how could you resist?) and to the peddler (SO frustrating!). And I do remember thinking…All those caps! On ONE head! Well, […]