Squirrels, Revision Dances, and Relief

The other morning, I came back from an early morning run, tired and needing to do more writing. Yet as I walked up to the house, I noticed a squirrel moving oddly. I watched the squirrel as it slowly and carefully made its way to our front yard. Where it promptly...

Revisions, Research, and Why I Have a Tummy Ache

Those who know me, know that my big complaint from when my kids went to camp last summer was that I didn’t have a project to work on and I didn’t get to have Oreos for dinner. My novel was on submission and I was too antsy to really be working on something...

The Obsessive Life

Without obsession, life is nothing. –John Waters To write, I use the program Scrivener, about which I have become downright evangelical. It has all sorts of lovely features (chapter synopses on a corkboard, ability to keep research right there, easy to slide...

Writers and Words

I’m sure by now everyone has seen Weird Al’s “Word Crimes,” but just in case… And I love this list of writers’ words. Dead...

Coincidence?

Recently I went to New Orleans for a girls’ weekend, and geek that I am, I took a few hours for myself to sneak over to the New Orleans library to research my family in the Times-Picayune. My grandfather was a real estate developer in the area, so I knew there...

The Power of the Rewrite

I’ve been working my tuchus off on the novel lately, which means everything else–short pieces, genealogy, my children–have been taking a back seat to my characters Rose and Dottie. But over the long weekend, I finished my last rewrite (only took six...