Where does one find time to write?In recent days I have found myself pondering that question. There are multiple things I want to accomplish, but I seem to have forgotten how much time babies take. And how much babysitting seems like "sitting around doing nothing". So, not only is the house fairly trashed, but the … Continue reading That Old Question
but let me back up for a second.At first, I did not intend to do Ali's challenge. But, as I was looking through our garage for one thing, I found a ton of other stuff for my office. This ton of stuff included notebooks small and large, pens, pencils, and various other paraphanalia. Turns out … Continue reading Ali owes me money
"Afloat and terrifyingly free upon these boundless seas, the writer attempts, with his bare hands, the magical task of metamorphosis. Like the figure in the fairy tale who must spin straw into gold, the writer must find the trick of weaving the waters together until they become land: until, all of a sudden, there is … Continue reading Mentor of the Month: Salman Rushdie: Part Two: Influence
Okay, there's a secret I've been keeping that I think only really Ali knows...and Deb to a certain degree.But I, I confess, write poetry as well as fiction. However, I've never sent any of my poems out to publishers/magazines until today. I can't tell you why, except that I think I've had more confidence in … Continue reading OMG…what did I just do?
My son and I have been reading nightly since he was born. I read the entire Harry Potter series out loud (that equals the first five books at that point) during his first year of life. While he does not remember this experience, I do.For the last couple nights I have reintroduced chapter books to … Continue reading Reading to Your Kids and What You Learn
Today is Pueblo's Writing Marathon. Unfortunately, due to the timing, I won't be able to make it.So, I've decided that I will do a writing marathon of my very own. Today I shall hit a couple different spots and freewrite and then share my responses here. I apologize ahead of time for whiny, pathetic posts. … Continue reading A Writing Marathon of My Own
"If you read two hundred or so novels, you do begin to notice certain general trends and themes. There was a point at which I said that if read another novel about a young girl beginning to menstruate, I'd scream."--Salman Rushdie, "The Best of Young British Novelists", Step Across This LineWhen you are rejected, it … Continue reading Mentor of the Month: Salman Rushdie: Part One: Stuff the Editors Think