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
Fear would keep the squirrel from going to the feeder. “Bigger squirrels may run me off. People hurt squirrels. A cat lives here. It’s not the food I’m used to.” Fear would have me frozen. “Be safe,” it says. “I’ve kept you in one piece so far.” Fear points out failures, losers. “Look what happened… Continue reading Fear