New Year’s Resolutions

I’ll just be straight up about this one — I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. I never have. The idea that, “This year will be different. This is the year I’ll make a change.” doesn’t seem to be the right attitude for real change. And in fact, the vast majority of New Year’s Resolutions are […]

Christmas

Christmas is so different now that I’m a mom. A lot of people say that Christmas is for kids, and I think they’re wrong. It’s for adults with kids. Drake is thirteen months old now and I thought he might not be quite old enough to really get into Christmas, but he proved me wrong. […]

Babylon 5

My sincere apologies for failing to keep this blog up over the past few weeks. First it was birthday and Thanksgiving, and then my son got sick for the first time in his young life. Unfortunately, I was sick at the same time. (No sick time for mommies!) After that, I think I just had […]

Shadow of the Giant

I just finished reading “Shadow of the Giant” by Orson Scott Card. This is the fourth book in the “Ender’s Shadow” line, which have been following Bean and the other battle school graduates who stayed behind on Earth. I had hoped that it would be the final book, but it does not seem to have […]

Happy Holidays

Last night on the news they said that Wal-Mart has decided to go back to saying, “Merry Christmas” and that they are changing their “Holiday” displays back to “Christmas” displays. I have exactly one question about this: Why is this news? Seriously, was it a slow news day or something? If so, I can think […]

Let’s Talk Politics

I don’t often talk about politics. I’m not sure why not, because I am passionate and opinionated, but also willing to listen to other ideas and to change my mind. It seems to me that you just don’t talk about that is the name of the game in this country, but what a dangerous game […]

Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Call me crazy, but that’s just the truth. I’ve never gone broke on Halloween, or sat in the car for hours on end as I made my way to Grandma’s house. I don’t have any obligations, religious or secular. All I do is play make believe and eat candy. What […]

The So-Called Rules of Writing

This article is my word of caution: take any writing advice, including mine, with a grain of salt. There are no rules; there are only actions and consequences. Educate yourself on the consequences so you know which actions are worth taking. Like many of you, I have been writing since I was a child. I […]

Relevant Description

One of the most common questions I hear from new writers is: “How much description should I use?” The truth is, that’s the wrong question. Your story may require a ton of description or almost none at all. The question should be: What type of description should I use? The answer: relevant description. Imagine that […]

When is it done?

Edit. Revise. Rewrite. Repeat. Until the end of time? Possibly. It is difficult to know when something is “done.” In a way, it never is. If you love to write, if you write regularly, then you are always improving your skill. What you write tomorrow will be better than what you wrote yesterday. But when […]