If you spend a significant amount of time creating–whether it’s writing stories, painting, or whipping up a unique batch of Brazilian cinnamon snickerdoodles, then you’ve probably heard this question: Where do you get your ideas? I don’t have a profound answer for that question.  If there is an idea fairy, she doesn’t come to my house.  Probably because of the way I handled those mornings when my kids noticed the tooth fairy hadn’t picked up their tooth. Well kids,… Read more »

“Everything has to come to an end, sometime.” ― L. Frank Baum   Last week I finished two books with sad endings.   Life, death and love at 16   A teen and her bucket list   And both left me with not only a pile of tissues, but wondering about the impact of endings. Happy. Sad. Bittersweet. Unresolved. Is one better than the other? They all can work, but what really impresses me in a story is resilience.  Just… Read more »

Today is do-over day! Katie Mills, Nicole Ducleroir, Lydia Kang and D.L. Hammon are hosting the Deja Vu Blogfest:   The blogosphere will be chock full of past writing brilliance!  Encouragement, enlightenment, knowledge, bared souls, stimulation, hilarity, insecurities, success stories!  All on display…the very same day…like no other time before.  Some of them will no doubt be familiar, well-deserving a second read, but a good many will be the first time you’ve seen them.  And it couldn’t be any easier… Read more »