Category Archives: Writing

On Vacation

For the first two weeks of July, our family took a much-needed vacation to the West Coast. We spent a few days in San Francisco and then rented a beach house in Oregon, where were joined by my brother and … Continue reading

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Inspired by Street Teams: Comic Teaser for ONE

This post is part of the Thursday’s Children blog hop. Click here to learn more about it. This spring, I got to be part of the Street Team for a self-published YA novel called ONE, by Leigh Ann Kopans, which … Continue reading

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Inspired by Libraries

This week, my 12-year-old son told me he needed to go to the library to pick out a non-fiction book for a report. He said, “It has to be a REAL book, not kids’ book with a ton of pictures.” … Continue reading

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We Need Some Light

We need some light. First of all, we need some light. You can’t sit here in the dark. And all alone, it’s a sorry sight. (“Light” – Next to Normal) There are times when the dark threatens to drag me down. … Continue reading

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Inspiration – My High School Diary

A weekly blog hop where writers come together to talk about whatever inspires them. Click here to find out more. During my teenage years, I kept a journal. It was brutally honest, filled with my deepest secrets. Angst-filled entries about … Continue reading

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UW Madison Writers’ Institute – Session on Trends in YA

After a long, drudgy winter, I needed to kick-start my writing mojo, so I decided to attend a new writer’s conference. Actually, it’s not a new conference, just new to me (the UW Madison Writers’ Institute is actually in its … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Musicals

  A weekly blog hop where writers come together  to talk about whatever inspires them.     I thought I’d try my hand at the Thursday’s Children Blog Hop hosted by Rhiann Wynn-Nolet because, now that Project Fairy Tale is over, … Continue reading

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Project Fairy Tale – The Pied Piper

This month, I’m participating in a multi-blog series called Project Fairy Tale, created by book blogger, The Cheap Reader. There are 36 bloggers participating, each of us tackling a specific fairy tale. Our goal is devote a month to our … Continue reading

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Lessons from #PitMad

Last Friday, as part of Pitch Wars, there was a huge pitch session on Twitter (#PitMad). For 12 hours(!), writers were allowed to post 140-character pitches for their novels. During this time, various agents and editors popped in and out … Continue reading

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Pitch Wars

Tomorrow morning, the Pitch Wars entries are live on the YA Misfits blog for agents to peruse and (hopefully) make requests. Based on the level of competition, I’m sure the entries will be great (I can’t wait to read through … Continue reading

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