W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

    Buyer's remorse. And not even five hours have elapsed since the purchase. It happens every time. Why do I do this to myself? (W-Word: Why) News of the Writers' League of Texas' annual summer retreat arrived via email this afternoon, and I pounced--checked the calendar to confirm it doesn't fall on an infusion … Continue reading W Is for the W-Words: #atozchallenge

R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

  Writing is a lonely pursuit, and reading it aloud transformed it into an interactive experience It also  brought  the text to life. When Anne read her material to Meg she picked up the difficulties and polished them out so that the writing flowed more smoothly. Occasionally, there were a few ruffled feathers and a … Continue reading R Is for Re-Vision: #atozchallenge

I Is for I Like Alien Resort: #atozchallenge

  About a zillion words into a post about ifferisms, I discovered I was so bored I couldn't go on, and if I couldn't go on, neither could anyone else. So I abandoned it. That left a void in the topic area, but the only I word I could think of was I. Well, they … Continue reading I Is for I Like Alien Resort: #atozchallenge

G Is for Gnome–No, Not That Kind: #atozchallenge

  A sign at the San Marcos River Bridge in Fentress, Texas, on the western boundary of Caldwell County, reads Gaudalupe County. That wouldn't be worth mentioning, except that when you get across the bridge, you're in Guadalupe County. I assume the error arises from its similarity to words like gauge, gaunt, and gauze. In … Continue reading G Is for Gnome–No, Not That Kind: #atozchallenge

Katherine Paterson on Ideas

"The writer of an article about Dr. Seuss reported that at the end of an interview Theodore Geisel congratulated him for not asking the one question that people invariably ask. When the writer asked him what that one question might be, Dr. Seuss replied, "Where do you get your ideas?" "Well, all right," said the reporter. … Continue reading Katherine Paterson on Ideas

from Katherine Paterson’s “The Child in the Attic”

"This past fall I spent an afternoon talking with a group of persons who work with children at risk. The question I had asked them to help me answer was this: Why do our children turn to violence? It was a question many of us have struggled with this past year. "These professionals were very … Continue reading from Katherine Paterson’s “The Child in the Attic”

Bookfest #2: Heading to Fort Worth

I'll start by saying I have recovered from my major irritation with WordPress. It was malfunctioning to the max the night I wrote the humorous post that took a downhill turn (as WP) slid further down the hill--but everyone is allowed one major malfunction. I've had several myself whose results were worse than a paragraph-challenged … Continue reading Bookfest #2: Heading to Fort Worth

My mother brought home boxes of books . . .

My father worked up to three jobs to ensure our family never missed a meal. We weren't poor but neither were we wealthy or middle-class. Every so often my mother took a job to help make ends meet, including one at Gamma Phi Beta sorority at Northwestern University, where she worked as a cleaning woman … Continue reading My mother brought home boxes of books . . .

What You Can Do When You Don’t Turn on Your Computer

On June 18, I didn't turn my laptop on. At all. I got out of bed, trekked up to Central Austin for a mammogram, came back home, picked up a book, and read from roughly 11:30 a.m. till midnight. The mammogram was nothing to speak of, but the rest of the day was lovely. I … Continue reading What You Can Do When You Don’t Turn on Your Computer

Day L: Literary Terms They Don’t Teach in English Class #AtoZChallenge

Have you ever made notes on a subject and later discovered you have no idea what they mean? It happens. It happened. On Day I, I wrote about a book I'd seen at a bookstore earlier that day, Joshua Hammer's book, The Bad-Ass Librarian of Timbuktu. While at the store, I also made notes about … Continue reading Day L: Literary Terms They Don’t Teach in English Class #AtoZChallenge

Day K: Kerfuffle #AtoZChallenge

K is obviously for Kathy, a name at the heart of a lifelong kerfuffle. The plan was to name me Katherine for my great-grandmother and to call me Kathy. But at the last minute, when the nurse came in and asked for the baby's name so they could type up a birth certificate, my mother … Continue reading Day K: Kerfuffle #AtoZChallenge

Day H: House of the Seven Gables #AtoZChallenge

In November 2016, I posted about my upcoming visit to Salem, Massachusetts for UnCon, the writers' conference hosted biannually by Writer Unboxed. And in my usual flippant fashion, I said, "Cold is what I wanted when I registered for the conference last summer. Sweater weather. I don’t get nearly enough." The truth is that I'd heard … Continue reading Day H: House of the Seven Gables #AtoZChallenge

When a Writer Quits . . .

Novelist Nancy Peacock on quitting... "I'm writing again," I told Ben. "I thought so," he said. Ben has the good sense to never say, "I told you so," no matter how many times we go through this. And we've gone through it a lot, because I am a serial quitter. Like an alcoholic, I need … Continue reading When a Writer Quits . . .

How Much Money Do Writers Make?

Question: I've written a novel. Should I quit my day job now or wait till I'm published? In A Broom of One's Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning and Life, author Nancy Peacock answers that question with a story: * Two women are walking down the road and pass a frog sitting in the grass. "Hey," says the … Continue reading How Much Money Do Writers Make?

Isabel Allende: January 7th

  I start all my books on January eighth. Can you imagine January seventh? It's hell. ~ Isabel Allende   "Paula is a soul-baring memoir that, like a novel of suspense, one reads without drawing a breath. The point of departure for these moving pages is tragic personal experience. In December 1991, Isabel Allende’s daughter Paula … Continue reading Isabel Allende: January 7th