Tag: Writing

A Circle of Drums, Writing, and Clapton’s Blazing Guitar

Yesterday morning I flipped to NPR after dropping the kids off at school. They featured an interview with Neil Peart, the drummer from Rush. Now, I’ve never been too much of a Rush fan. However, hearing Peart talk about the hard work that went…

The Un-Empty Shelf

If you’ve been hanging around here for awhile, you might remember that last year I joined Jon Acuff’s Empty Shelf Challenge. The basic idea was to clear off one shelf and read enough books in 2014 to fill it. It was a fun challenge….

The Path of *Most* Resistance

Yesterday I went on a field trip with my daughter’s class to a science museum. Included in their trip were three workshops. In one they made a biosphere, in another they got electrical shocks (not kidding), and in the third they had to make…

Blueprints

In case you didn’t know, last summer a tornado spun its way through my neighborhood. The hardest hit area was our park. 98% of the trees were destroyed. For a city park, we sure had a lot of trees. Last night, there was a…

The Muck and the Mud

A few years ago I heard Luis Alberto Urrea speak at the Festival of Faith and Writing. Urrea is a Mexican American poet, journalist, and novelist. Now, before you run out and read his books, just know that, if you want to learn how…

Lace and Walt Whitman

I’m writing a new novel. Well, “writing” can mean several things. At this moment it means that I’m researching and putting together character sketches. As I said before, I’m not ready for the actual writing (which we call “drafting” in the biz). Another thing…

What My (non-writer) Friend Taught Me About Writing

My friend Karee does something I’ve never seen anyone do before. When she gets her mug from the cupboard, she doesn’t pour the coffee right away (like I do…because I’m a desperate person, I am). She lets hot water run from her faucet, filling…

The Dreams of Children (and adults)

 My kids are dreamers. One wants to be an astronaut, writer, artist, mom, and good cook. Another would like to be the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. Why? No clue. It’s his favorite team. Why? Still, no idea. The youngest is going to move…

Daydreaming and Change

I’m in the wondering phases of novel writing. What does that mean? Oh, it means that I’m not ready to write yet. Not. A. Word. I’m daydreaming a lot. Asking, “What if…?” I’m typing about a kazillion Google searches a day, trying to follow…

NaNoWriMo No No…For Now, At Least

It’s November. You know that already, don’t you? What you might not know is that November is National Novel Writing Month (a.k.a. NaNoWriMo). A bunch of crazy people take this 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel to completion. Madness, I tell you!…

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