Blab-o-Denise

Slow Down, Recharge

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Writer Tips & Tools, Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Slow Down, Recharge

As winter takes hold, the familiar desire to cocoon envelopes me. I like nothing better than to curl up with some hot chocolate or tea (I don’t drink coffee, but love the smell) and either read or write. There’s something about that whole winter hibernation thing that’s appealing, but I wonder if I can truly take advantage of it. Can I allow things to slow down so I can rest, take stock, and move more slowly so I have time to explore, think, and enjoy? The arrival of the holidays pushes us in the opposite direction with its...

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Cancer and Creativity

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Cancer and Creativity

I have held off talking about my mom’s cancer because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say and why I might want to say anything at all on a blog where the content has been 99% about writing. But then I realized that (a) her cancer is affecting my writing in different ways and (b) I know I’m not the only one who has had a life event impact their creativity. So here I am. My mom has COPD (crappy lung disease for which there is no cure), emphysema and Stage III (possibly IV)  lung cancer – triple lung threat. Damn those...

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PiBoIdMo–the results are in!

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

PiBoIdMo–the results are in!

Coming up with thirty ideas was fun and challenging. I caught a cold toward the end so I missed three days, but made them up later. Here’s what I learned or confirmed: LEARNED: I can get into a flow of ideas when I brainstorm. I started with an object, character, or location and wrote anything that came to mind. Some ideas made me laugh, some made me roll my eyes, but I was amazed at how things started to flow when I let them. CONFIRMED: Some ideas are just plain bad. LEARNED: I can let go of my perfectionism…at least a little. I...

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I’m Grateful for You!

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

I’m Grateful for You!

Today I want to let you know that I appreciate you! Whenever I write a post, I think about you. Thank you for reading my posts, for commenting occasionally, and most of all, for being on this journey with me. It’s comforting to know you are out there, doing the same thing as I am—trying to create literature for kids and teens that is entertaining, uplifting, meaningful and/or connects us to our readers in some way. I hope today you are enjoying time with loved ones and expressing gratitude for each person in your life—those...

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PiBoIdMo (almost) Halfway Report

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Picture Books, Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

PiBoIdMo (almost) Halfway Report

On Nov 6, I talked about participating in PiBoIdMo (the brainchild of author Tara Lazar) and I thought I’d let you know how it’s going so far. I’ve been able to come up with an idea every day, but it hasn’t always been easy. Which cracks me up because one of the first questions I usually get at school visits is “Where do you get your ideas?”and my answer has always been–from everywhere! Something I hear from a friend or family member, something I’ve read, something one of my kids has said or one...

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