The Reality of Homework Packets in 13 Painful Steps

We sit down at the table. It’s noisy and distractions abound, but it’s the center of the home which makes it the most logical place for me. The child pulls out his homework slowly. He leans against his hand and fiddles with his pencil. I look at the first problem,...

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Sharing the Brainchild, Making it Shine

Today I sent off the most polished version of the first ten pages of Clever Elsie that has ever existed. Wish her luck! I'm going to a writer's retreat in May, and part of that experience will be reading those ten pages out loud to a small group of people who will...

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My Inspiration for Clever Elsie

Clever Elsie is the name of a Grimm’s tale. After I stumbled across it I found myself kind of obsessing about it. This poor girl. She needed a happy ending! (Would it have really killed you to fudge the ending Grimm boys?) So I started to create a story for Elsie....

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Authenticity in Writing

The experience and wisdom of a high school teacher is not a thing to take lightly. I learned to sew in Mrs. Patterson's Home Economics class. We spent the semester making pin cushions, mastering the slip stitch, making pillows, and learning the art of the sewing...

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My Efforts to Create a Relevant Online Writing Presence

A friend recently asked me if I make any money when I blog. The answer: Nope. Which means I’m probably doing it wrong. Instead my goal is to create something of an online presence and establish some credibility among readers. Then when I finally get something out...

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One Simple Way I Invest In My Writing Goals

  The ideas were pouring in. I obsessed over characters and storyline when I was grocery shopping, sitting at swim lessons, even cooking dinner. I needed something to keep notes on when I was away from the computer. We had notebooks all over the house. The cheap,...

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Sometimes Writing is Like The Emperor’s New Groove

I'm working on the final part of my current work in progress. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for this draft. I met with my critique partner a few weeks ago. I was anxious to hear what she thought about my big climax scene. So when she talked about how...

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