Books, Writing

It Only Takes One Yes — Guest Post, By Erika Marks

In honor of  the release of Erika Marks's debut novel, LITTLE GALE GUMBO (yes, today's the day!!!), I'm re-posting the essay she wrote for my Get Inspired series back in January. Please read/re-read, and then run out and pick up your copy of LITTLE GALE! Happy book birthday to a wonderfully talented and supportive writing friend. Enjoy your day, Erika! ********** It… Continue reading It Only Takes One Yes — Guest Post, By Erika Marks

For Readers, Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Your Job (And A Four Letter Word)

It was a lazy Friday night and I had just finished telling my husband about day five at my new job in an elementary school library. He sat quietly for a moment, and then grinned at me in a crooked little way. "What?!" I demanded. I thought of the ice cream I had just inhaled.  "Is there Chocolate… Continue reading Your Job (And A Four Letter Word)

Writing

On Being A More Observant Writer (Or, Why Is There Still A Poinsettia In My Kitchen?)

Every fall, on the day after Thanksgiving, my family and I take part in our annual tradition of dragging out of all of the Christmas boxes, and competing in the, "Who can last the longest at putting up all of the decorations?" contest. I always win. On January 1st we hold another competition. This one's called, "Who can last the… Continue reading On Being A More Observant Writer (Or, Why Is There Still A Poinsettia In My Kitchen?)

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Thinking Like a Kid (and Like a Sea Monster!) — Guest Post by Author Kate Messner

It's time for another Get Inspired Monday! -- a series created to help you dig into your week and find inspiration in unexpected places. Today's post comes to you from award-winning children's author, Kate Messner. Kate is a class act -- not only because she's a fabulously talented (and prolific) writer, but she's also quick to offer support and encouragement to other… Continue reading Thinking Like a Kid (and Like a Sea Monster!) — Guest Post by Author Kate Messner

Writing

Writing And Revising: It’s Not Always Peas And Carrots

  Some things just go together. In the movie, Forrest Gump, the lovable, simple Forrest illustrates his relationship with childhood friend and true love by saying, "Me and Jenny was like peas and carrots."  He's telling the world that they're a good match, a balanced two-some, and that their differences complement each other. (My picky-eater son, however, might… Continue reading Writing And Revising: It’s Not Always Peas And Carrots

Writing

That Crazy Dream About Your High School Locker (and Finding Answers)

  So, I've been having that dream a lot lately. You know, the one where you're back in high school with your big ideas and your bigger hair, wearing nothing but a plastic...wait a second. I mean the one where you can't remember your locker combination. It's funny, because I never worried about forgetting those three secret numbers when I… Continue reading That Crazy Dream About Your High School Locker (and Finding Answers)