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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More Reasons to Love SCBWI

SCBWI...the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. (Because seriously...I could talk about this event for days. Daaays I tell you!) Having my good friend there with me. I could bounce thoughts off of her while my brain worked to process things. She also...

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Crystal Goes to Denver

A few weeks ago I did a big thing. I took a trip just for me. No kids. No husband. Just my friend and I hopping on a plane and getting out of town. Purely indulgent. You might be imagining a spa weekend getaway for some much needed pampering. But that wasn't it at...

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Mourning with UCC

I managed to lose my phone this morning. When I found it in my son's school parking lot it had already been run over. The screen was crushed, and broken shards of glass threatened to slip from the case. I was irritated, but consoled myself with, “Oh well, does anyone...

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Epic Hike to Mystic Lake

Outdoor Enthusiast is an inclusive kind of guy. Like, almost to a fault. Outdoor Enthusiast: I've been experimenting in the kitchen with apples from our backyard. I made my first apple crisp. Friend: Congratulations. That sounds delicious. Outdoor Enthusiast: You and...

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Happy Birthday Agatha Christie

When I was in college someone passed on their used Agatha Christie collection to me. Mostly I felt a little indignant when I read the first one. Not because someone had given me used books. (You should know me better than that.) But because I hadn’t been introduced...

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The Reluctant Wife of an Outdoor Enthusiast

I like the outdoors. Really I do. But not like my husband. He can't stand to stay indoors for very long. And by very long I mean more than three minutes. He can't sit still. He gets stir-crazy. I can literally feel the anxious energy, like his sanity is about to...

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