Posts Tagged "writing"

In Spirit Now, Caroline

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

In Spirit Now, Caroline

On June 18, my friend and colleague, masterful writer, generous teacher, and sweet soul, Caroline Stutson, transitioned into Spirit. She went on her own terms after she found out she had cancer. My heart is breaking, but I like to think she is chatting it up with my mom and that they are both enveloped in joy. Caroline was a beautiful writer and a beautiful person. After Caroline left our large critique group, some of us formed a smaller group which would meet every quarter or so. Caroline would drive to my house and then I’d drive us both to Golden to meet the others at the Barnes...

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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

I’ve never thought I was a perfectionist. I mean, I knew I liked to get things right, but I just chalked that up to wanting to do a good job. It wasn’t until I stepped back during the last couple of young adult novels I’d written that I realized I had a bit of a perfectionist in me. I often wouldn’t write the next paragraph in a scene until I got the current one “right.” I’d agonize over a particular word for several minutes, getting frustrated when I couldn’t come up with the “right” one. And this was during my supposed first draft...

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Transitions Can Be Hard in Life and Writing

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 8 comments

Transitions Can Be Hard in Life and Writing

My mom left her body on May 7 around 6:20 pm and headed off into the Universe. I was there, along with my dad, my three sisters, my brother, my husband, brother-in-law and a few friends. On Monday, my sister, brother and I were with her, watching an old episode of Matlock, which she used to love when it was on regular TV. She complained that she was having some trouble catching her breath, but other than that, was listening and talking. Two days later she was gone. All of my sisters and I wrote something to share at her service on May 14. I spent hours on my poem, crying through most of it...

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Novel Rewrite Completed!

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Novel Rewrite Completed!

I’ve missed posting the last two weeks because I’ve been deep into rewrites and revisions, immersed in the story and characters, in a  race to get it to my agent so she has time to read it and send comments before she goes on maternity leave. Nothing like a pending delivery to motivate me :-). I had planned to have a video of my book event for CLICK HERE up the second Thursday, but alas it didn’t happen. It will be coming soon, though. I still can’t believe it’s true. After 4+ years and several transformations, my novel, FADE AWAY, is in my agent’s hands...

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Happy Birthday, Click Here!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Happy Birthday, Click Here!

In 2002, I finished a novel that I absolutely loved and turned it into my critique group. It had started out as a 13-chapter middle school book called My Own Two Feet and morphed into a 31-chapter book (yes, 13 transposed!) called Click Here (to find out how i survived seventh grade). In 2003 an agent liked it, an editor loved it and wanted to take it to an acquisitions meeting. Even now, when I relate the story, I can remember where I was when I got the call from my agent (in Mexico) and how I felt as my husband sat in a chair in front of me, watching as I talked to her about the terms,...

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