My friends, 2019 has been a great year for some, but a year of struggle for many. My year had sweet highs and crushing lows. I’m looking forward to the bright, shiny New Year. I hope you are too. Through the sun and rain, I learned a few things which I’m happy to share with… Continue reading 2020 Takeaways
Happy Almost New Year’s Eve Everyone! Children's author Julie Hedlund (http://www.juliehedlund.com/12days) challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity - what DIDN'T get done or… Continue reading Success in 2019!
Last night while walking to the camp restroom, I looked up. Guess what I saw. Yes, stars. More stars than I’ve ever seen before. The longer I looked up, the more stars became visible to me. It was as if there were shy ones, waiting to see if I’d pay attention long enough to make… Continue reading A Starry Night
TO RETREAT OR NOT TO RETREAT In November, I attended my first writing retreat. Weekend on the Water Retreat on Bainbridge Island was offered through the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The retreat was held at Islandwood, an immense, wooded park equipped with cabins, an education building, a dining hall, and several cabins.… Continue reading
Dear Readers, you can access my most recent article, "Song Sisters: The Threshold Choir", in the Columbia River Reader (p. 9) by clicking on this: Columbia River Reader, April 15, 2019 Issue Happy reading!
Genius: “1. An exceptional natural capacity of intellect, especially as shown in creative and original work in art, music, science, etc… 4. Natural ability or capacity, strong inclination.” – Random House College Dictionary, 1975 I just read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Christopher, the main character in this… Continue reading Follow Your Genius
My first writing-related article was published in the June 27, 2018 issue of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators – Oregon Region online newsletter, Newsworthy. Following is a revised version of that article. THE NECESSITY OF SELF-CARE FOR WRITERS The SCBWI-OR conference in May was full of helpful information, inspirational speakers, and networking… Continue reading The Necessity of Self-Care for Writers