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The Writer’s Ego

Don’t do it! they say. I never do it, claim the most successful. I don’t do it often, but every now and then it can be instructive to search my own name online (I would say, “to Google myself,” except that sounds a bit naughty). It’s not something anyone should set aside time for, but […]

Wordsmith: the Story

About 25 years ago I was in the middle of homeschooling two teenagers, my husband had quit his corporate job to start a business, and we were looking to move out of our comfortable middle-class neighborhood and into some place we could afford.  Our search was taking us farther and farther away from our friends, […]


Five Easy Steps to Becoming a Writer

Daydream about it a lot. Talk about your story idea. Write three pages every three months—not necessarily of the same story. Stop talking about your story idea. Think about it some more. This is cheating, a little: you won’t actually become a writer but you can think of yourself as one.  And you’ll have to […]

One Proud Nerd

Did you watch the Super Bowl?  I’ll tune in when the Cowboys are playing again (might be a loooong wait) but I understand the Atlanta/New England matchup was a pretty good game.  And I hear, too, that Wide Receiver Malcolm Mitchell had his best postseason game by a Patriots rookie ever.  But I’m not excited […]

Rick Riordan Makes His Case. Or Not Really

I like this guy.  Who wouldn’t? He turned countless apathetic preteen boys (and girls) into enthusiastic readers.  He’s sold millions (upon MILLIONS) of fun, action-packed novels with a foolproof formula of relatable characters, classic plot elements and details, and high hilarity.  His earlier novels, especially, were an admirable balance of humor and emotion with more […]

Booky, Vol. 1

(A semi-regular post linking to other bookish posts) This had me going for a minute: Troops rebel over Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense because he’s handing them a 6000 book reading list.  (language advisory)  Seems like a good idea for down time in the barracks, though . . . Everybody’s “complicated.”   Still, a new […]

Be Very Afraid?

I was 13 years old when JFK was assassinated.  Of course I was upset and sad and tearful and, like everyone else, glued to the TV where Walter Cronkite was also upset and sad and tearful.  It wasn’t because I had strong feelings for Kennedy—I would have been equally shocked if it happened to Eisenhower […]