Writing Reflections on a New Year

This is the time of year when I think that I'm meant to make my resolutions. Focusing on writing resolutions, I'm going to pick up where I left off. In 2018, I queried four agents [...]

Book Review: Meet the Latkes

Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg was an instantaneous hit in our home. Lucy Latke and her crazy potato latkes family won us all over completely (except our teen who doesn't care). While none of [...]

The Home Stretch (sort of)

It's Day 26 of NaNoWriMo, and though I took the weekend off, my word count is 51,244. I won, or so they tell me. My novel is not complete, and I've left the bits that [...]

Almost Time to ‘Call’ it a Draft

I haven't blogged lately (nothing new), but don't feel guilty (an improvement). It's NaNoWriMo Day#23, and I have 48,301 words written (typed). I had planned to use an old notebook for my novel. I had [...]

The World Needs My Novel (NaNoWriMo)

It's October 31. 1) 10,000th round of line-editing on my oldest child's college application (due November 1 for early decision): almost done, sort of 2) Planning stage and preparation for NaNoWriMo: see item 1 first 3) [...]


Bamboo and morning light on The Morning Trail up Victoria Peak Today on my morning walk up the peak, I altered my route and walked down the trail that I ordinarily only take [...]

Where Does the Story Begin? Aunt Bea

I have organized and reorganized my desk. My paperclips are in perfect color-coded order, my pencils are all evenly sharpened and lined up precisely. Until full-day Kindergarten starts (yay!) next week, I still have only [...]

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