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One month down

This is my view today, almost one month into 2013. The flowers were my reward for reaching my latest writing goal, and behind them you can see a few pages from a draft that I’ve been revising. Today, everything feels slow–the words come slowly, it takes extra-long for the teapot to whistle, I plod from […]

Characters lurk in your high school yearbook

Sometimes, inspiration sneaks up on you. Yesterday, I was feeling creatively drained and was avoiding editing the manuscript that is sitting on my desk. Naturally, I wound up on Facebook. This summer, my high school class will hold its 10-year reunion, and someone has created a Facebook page to brainstorm event ideas and keep alums […]

Looking forward

A very happy new year to you! I am still on something of a writing holiday while I settle back into an everyday routine and get ready to tackle the start of a new year. I feel like I’m standing on the edge of 2013, my toes curled over the edge, about to free fall […]


After several years of trying, after a trip out of town that got me off to a slow start, after a 4-day migraine and the distraction of Thanksgiving, even after the peculiarly specific self-loathing that always sets in around 30,000 words… …I finished NaNoWriMo! I’m not done with the manuscript, so I’ll be working on […]

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving…

…and there are a few writing-related thanks that I’d like to reflect on: -I’m thankful to be writing again, in earnest. It feels so good to get the words out, and see them come together as a cohesive — if not quite ready to show the world — finished product. -I’m thankful that our circumstances […]

This year, NaNoWriMo is fun

I’m mid-way through my NaNoWriMo attempt as of today, and I’m taking a break for a little celebration. This year’s NaNo has been a totally different experience for me. The words have come more freely, and I’ve made it farther to 50,000 words already than I ever have before. I’m a big believer in joining […]

Fresh sights

We returned late Monday night from a long weekend in northern California, where we met up with most of my mom’s side of the family to celebrate my Grandpa’s 80th birthday. Taking a few days away put me a bit behind my target word count for the week, sure (though I tried to write a […]

NaNoWriMo starts tomorrow

I’m sure you already know, but in case you hadn’t heard: NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, for the uninitiated) starts tomorrow, and I’m ready to dive in! First, a confession. This will be my third year doing NaNoWriMo, and I have yet to “win” (in other words, write 50,000 words in 30 days). I have […]

Stuck in revisions

Just recently, I finished a first draft. It’s a pretty solid first draft, if I can say so myself. There aren’t too many major holes, it clips along at a nice pace, and there are even a few moments that really shine. An excellent place to start. The trouble is, now I’m stuck. It’s time […]

The joy of research

It’s true, I love doing research. As a journalist, one of the greatest perks was the chance to be learning about something new all the time. I threw myself into researching the subjects I covered, and I often got caught up in the discovery: I bought a bundle of fabric after attending a particularly impressive […]