Forty Minutes of Pure Drama


One of the things that children brought into my life was drama. No, no. Not that kind. The kind you find on stage once the lights go down. Serious stuff. Comedic stuff. Lines that make…

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Mailing list on the fritz


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Process


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Roughing It


When writing a rough draft, I find it easiest to jump in and write a few chapters to see what the characters have in mind. Which works well for me – except when it doesn’t….

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Chopping off the Fish Head


I have been waiting for several months for the latest revision to perk a bit on the back burner before jumping back in. Just before I turned in my manuscript for the SCBWI conference critiques,…

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Writing Down the Rows


The magnificent Deborah Adams, author of the Jesus Creek mystery series and editor in chief of Oconee Press, asked me to guest blog for her. This made me realize just how long it had been…

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When one door closes…


Not that I’m shutting the door on anything just yet, mind you. But the magazine article writing is going well. My first article in Texas Gardener comes out in the April/May issue. Look for it at…

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Sprouting Dirt


I am going to do something I have not done for a long time. I am not ordering seeds from any of my favorite catalogues. This is breaking my heart, but, it is preferable to…

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Houston Arts and Culture Magazine


See my quote included in the Arts and Culture Houston Magazine article about artists leaving their own nest – what cross-contamination with other art forms does for our artist’s soul. Mine comes complete with run-on sentences, one…

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Prompt me?


Last night’s SCBWI meeting was great fun. Pat Miller brought writing exercises from her favorite writing books. She sure can pick ’em – both the books and the exercises were terrific. Her handout featured a…

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