Monthly Archives: May 2011

Words Unspoken

Just this afternoon, after a not-so vigorous bout with some pesky weeds on my front lawn, I took a break and picked up Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 and you only have to … Continue reading

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Getting Lost

No, I didn’t actually get lost, lost. I got lost sitting on my porch and reading a book. I was playing hooky in a way. I had finished revising my YA novel for the day, but I had other work … Continue reading

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Writing Angels

Tonight, I had the pleasure of hearing Tayari Jones, author of a brand-new book, Silver Sparrow, speak about the writing life. She talked about how the idea for her book came to her, how it took her five years to … Continue reading

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Persistence Pays

I’ve don’t know Dick Wimmer and I won’t be meeting him anytime soon, except perhaps, in the big book club in the sky. But even so, I admire his gumption. It took him more than two decades and more than … Continue reading

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Dance On

For some reason I tuned in tonight for the grand finale of Dancing with the Stars. What an inspiring show it turned out to be! After 12 weeks of routines, the last three couples still standing were strutting their stuff … Continue reading

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Staying Fresh

“Writing is at its best — always, always, always — when it is a kind of inspired play for the writer. I can write in cold blood if I have to, but I like it best when it’s fresh and … Continue reading

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Creativity Enhancers

Searching for ways ignite our creative sparks and keep them burning brightly is always a entertaining and rewarding pastime. When I came across some practical tips to make a work space more conducive to creativity, they inspired me to rethink … Continue reading

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