Posts Categorized: I write stuff

On My Desk Monday


It’s always great to get a revision list down to one page. All those items that you need to go through and fix. One page. You don’t have to flip around. It’s all right there.

Very satisfying.… Read More

On My Desk Monday (or couch I guess)

With historical fiction, even in revision there is plenty to look up.


At this stage, it’s a lot of targeted research. Looking up some specific detail I need like the cost of something or the way someone would do something back then or – as is the case for … Read More

Skyping with an author

I always intend to blog more about my school visits. I never remember to take photos myself, but often times the coordinator will send me some pictures after the fact and I’m always grateful. And then I don’t do anything with them!


Today I’m changing that. Earlier this month … Read More

Writing Retreat

I’ve been traveling a lot recently. Here are some highlights from a writing retreat in Florida:



It’s a hard life being a writer. I know.


Time away to write is a wonderful thing. Time away to write with friends is even better. We had great conversations and … Read More

The Keyboard

So one of my kids pointed out to me that I’ve overused a button on my keyboard.

Apparently, in my typing, the n gets a lot of use. This led me to ponder on that a bit. I realize it could be a simple matter of I’m hitting that one … Read More

Gifts for Writers

My sister recently gave me the Best. Gift. Ever.

A friend of hers has an etsy shop and she had these lovely blocks made up with a quote from each of my books. Seriously. Gorgeous. If you’re looking for a gift for a writer, here’s an idea.… Read More


Sometimes I hate revision.

But not always.

Right now I’m in the middle of revising a novel and the revision is actually…fun! I think because I’ve fixed (I think) the big picture things and now I have this checklist of small changes to make. It feels good to go … Read More

Cold weather

Winter is my second favorite season. (Nothing beats autumn.) I love snow and cold weather and wearing layers and layers of clothes. I love a fire in the fireplace and warm tea all throughout the day.


But. I miss my favorite writing spot. It’s too cold now on the porch. … Read More

Letters for Kids

If you have a young reader in your life and you’re looking for good holiday gift ideas, look no further. Letters for Kids is the perfect gift for young readers. I would have loved to have gotten letters in my mailbox each month from authors! Wouldn’t you?

I’m lucky to … Read More

Read Like a Writer Online Class

Read Like a Writer


Do you ever read a book and think – I wish I could write like that? Are you a writer who likes a book but might have a hard time figuring out why? Do you struggle with something in particular like dialogue or story beginnings? … Read More