Friday, June 9, 2017


I love that word, especially when it's related to the manuscript that's dogged me for the last two years.  The drafting, revising, workshopping, and critiquing has all come together and allowed me to feel confident enough to type 'The End' on the last page and mean it!

Here's a little hint at what the
next book involves. Yum!
In other bookish/writing news, I'm over at Lia London's blog today for a fun interview and a never-seen-before photo of high school me interviewing Chicago Cub Ryne Sandberg back in the day. It was taken during a 'Meet the Press' day for high school newspapers. Good times!

Also, I'm reading the Newbery Honor book, One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake, and loving it.  It's full of mystery, humor, and a fascinating account of the passenger pigeon population during the late 1800s. Next up is Donald Maas's The Emotional Craft of Fiction.

What are you reading?

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The Importance of Atmosphere to Writers

   The effort a writer makes to get into a creative state has always fascinated me. Whether it means first reading from a page of a mentor text or lighting a candle, creating a character collage or placing that plastic replica of Godzilla next to the laptop to get into The Zone, a common mantra seems to be 'whatever works!'
     For me, walking into the familiar atmosphere of my study always flips the 'write' switch. My bookshelves are like old friends cheering me on. There's my son's paper mache bowl made in third grade, filled with M & M's, that keeps my chocolate cravings at bay. And my pink sunglasses, a gift from author Eileen Spinelli during a Highlight's Foundation workshop, reminds me to see the world through my main character's eyes.



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