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

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

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part I

My sister gave me a coffee mug for Christmas (which, incidentally, is only used for tea) inscribed with one of my favorite lines of poetry: What good is my humility, when I am stuck in this obscurity?   It comes from a short poem I discovered several years ago called "Dilemma," written by David Budbill. I've always… Continue reading Interview with Poet, David Budbill — Part I

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Semper Fi (In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca) — Guest Post by Rebecca Rasmussen

In honor of  the release of Rebecca Rasmussen's debut novel, The Bird Sisters (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 buy The Bird Sisters! Seriously. This book has already earned starred reviews, is a Barnes & Noble fiction pick, and has the praise of best-selling authors… Continue reading Semper Fi (In Other Words: Have Some Heart, Rebecca) — Guest Post by Rebecca Rasmussen

Get Inspired Mondays, Writing

Building Castles With Threadbare Sheets

    Last week the kids were on Spring Break, so we celebrated by packing our non-existent bags, and setting off for a grand Staycation.   Save for the plague of stomach flu that kicked in for the final few days, we had a great time.  We went out for over-priced-but worth-it-for-the-ambience hamburgers and shakes. We decorated plates, and seahorses,… Continue reading Building Castles With Threadbare Sheets