Showing posts from August, 2016

Refilling the Well

I haven't been writing as much as I should these last couple of months but I have the best of reasons: I've been reading, play-going, traveling, celebrating and generally refilling the well from which I draw my writing ideas. I hope that you, too, have filled your summer with at least a few soul-enriching days, hours or even moments. Here are a few of my favorites... My silly sons at the Bronx Zoo Hamilton in NYC with the family Cousins at the lake - NH! July 4th Fireworks with friends Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam More Amsterdam fun with the hubs


There are many types of developmental work authors find helpful as they write their manuscripts. As fall approaches (and perhaps you get excited about all the free writing time you'll have once the kids are back in their classrooms), here are some WRITER HOMEWORK SUGGESTIONS plus resource links you'll want to have at the ready. 1. Complete character worksheets for your main and secondary protagonists & antagonists.  2. Pinterest board your characters' look, key settings, etc. Here's an example from my novel THE SOUND OF LETTING GO 3. Build spreadsheets to refine timelines.

YA Reading List: Cliques, Crowds and Dangerous Behaviors

Losing perspective, following the crowd, fighting too hard for a freedom you don't understand...such things result in stories of teens behaving in ways even they, perhaps, never imagined or intended. Here are a few sharply written, insightful cautionary tales, some light and some terribly dark. LUCKY FEW by Kathryn Ormsbee “A beautifully written story of loss and acceptance, of humor and tragedy, of finding yourself by losing yourself.”  -- Marci Lyn Curtis, author of The One Thing WHAT WE SAW by Aaron Hartzler "A powerful tale of betrayal and a vital primer on rape culture."  -- Kirkus (starred review) IT'S NOT EASY BEING MEAN by Lisi Harrison One can't talk high school cliques without including one Lisi Harrison title featuring the "Pretty Committee" and the "Losers Beyond Repair." THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp " A compelling, brutal story of an unfortunately all-too familiar situation:

MG Reading List: Dyslexia

Back-to-school time is fast approaching. Time to download the school supply lists and make sure everyone's on track with their summer reading assignments. As the mom of two dyslexic sons, this last task can sometimes be tricky, which is probably why stories dealing with this learning disability always catch my attention. Here are three of my favorites: FISH IN A TREE by Lynda Mullaly Hunt MAY B. by Caroline Starr Rose CLOSE TO FAMOUS by Joan Bauer
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