Posts Tagged "writing"

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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Glorious Gratitude

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

Glorious Gratitude

The picture in my featured image is one I took earlier this week on a run/jog on the High Line Canal Trail that runs through a few counties and has some awesome views, as you can see. It feels like my days have been non-stop action so it was wonderful to take time on a beautiful sunny day—it reached 80 degrees that afternoon!—and just be. When I started my warm up walk, I automatically put my earbuds in and started flipping through some of my running podcasts… when I heard birds chirping. I paused. Tilted my head. And then I took out my earbuds and just listened–to...

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Working Through a Negative Emotion

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Working Through a Negative Emotion

“Let everything happen to you – Beauty and terror – Just keep going. No feeling is final.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke I can’t get over this quote. How often have I been stuck in a negative emotion, unable to see past it; believing I would always feel that way. But no feeling is final. It will pass into another feeling. That is incredibly powerful, both personally and professionally. Last week my agent checked in with all of the publishers who were considering my rhyming board book. Not long after, four had responded with a pass. Ouch. Sort of. Yes, my first reaction was...

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Life Amidst the Writing

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Life Amidst the Writing

That title is deliberate. Not that I place writing above everything else in my life; far from it. But seeing it that way instead of “Writing amidst life” reminds me that writing is a huge part of who I am and what I must do and I must honor it, cherish it, and make it a priority. Last week at our Wild Writers critique meeting, we did our annual review of last year’s goals/resolutions and our hopes for this year. One of the refrains was reminding ourselves to look at those things we accomplished that weren’t on our list. Another refrain was “life gets in the...

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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 feelings of frenzy–decorating, buying,...

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