A Writer’s Distractions

When I struggle with putting words to the page, I step outside, breathe in fresh air, then search for tiny miracles. In truth, distractions of the extraordinary.     Yet, tiny miracles always bring me back to the place I’m avoiding.   I, too, want to silently dive deep, explore a daylily (or an untold […]

My Writing Process

Today I join the blog tour where writers and authors answer questions about their writing process. Author Rebecca Colby preceded me. Please check out her writing process here. What am I working on now? My present focus is on eight-year-old E. B. Louise, who is determined to save her shredding and too-small elephant slippers given […]

Children’s Literature Inspires Compassion for Animals

A few weeks ago, my seven-year-old granddaughter and I were taking a walk when we came upon a bush filled with red berries.  A handmade sign swung from a branch: “Please do not pick berries. The birds need them for winter food. Thanks!” Ava read the words to me, and then continued to read a […]

PiBoIdMo and a Thank-You to All the 2013 Participants

Today is November 1st, and the start of PiBoIdMo 2013! If you haven’t yet signed up for Tara Lazar’s annual picture book challenge, I inspire you to jump in before the day ends.PiBoIdMo 2013 Registration is OPEN! If you are on the fence, slide on down to join the almost 1000 writers and illustrators already committed […]

A Writer’s Plea to the Neighborhood Squirrels

Dear Mr. Squirrel, Dear Mr. Squirrel and your girlfriend, Dear Mr. Squirrel, your girlfriend, and your overly-curious offspring, Dear Mr. Squirrel’s Entire Immediate Family, Extended Family, and Furry Friends, I am a writer. I like to write early every morning. I like quiet at this time. No TV blaring. No lawn mowers rumbling and roaring. […]

Whispering Pines Writing Retreat 2012

This year, the method for choosing Whispering Pines attendees came down to the luck of the draw: a lottery. As long as you met the deadline, you had a chance at having your name pulled from the hat. But within a few weeks, I received a sympathetic e-mail from the lovely Mary Pierce. While I […]

All in a Day’s Work

Sometimes I channel my current WIP characters, especially if I have been in a deep state of writing for hours. At times it feels trance like; scenes appear in my manuscript that I don’t remember writing. These scenes stay with me, long after I’ve logged off my computer to head for work at the toy store. […]

What I am Learning in Idaho

Don’t rely on your cell phone to determine the actual time in Boise because you will wake up to: 1. Read the time as 7:25 a.m. on your phone. 2. Panic because the girls need to be awake by 7 a.m. for school. 3. PANIC because you have failed your sister on your first day […]

How I Landed in Oz, Otherwise Known as Chautauqua: Day One

Eleven hours after leaving my father’s bedside in Chapel Hill, I am on another plane back to Washington, D. C. (my second Washington layover in twenty-four hours). With twenty minutes to make my connection to Buffalo, New York, I run the length of fifteen gates and make the flight. Nearly an hour later, we approach […]

Good News To Share

With upcoming plans to visit my ailing father, who lives in Chapel Hill, I’ve been worried—and feeling a bit guilty—about leaving the toy store in the middle of the busy summer season. To compensate for being gone, and to starve my guilt, I’ve put in extra hours, which is why I agree to open the […]