Archives for April 2012

Love Sonnets and Coffee

*stir, stir, stir* *sip* Hello, coffee. Hi. How are you? I’m feeling a little light. Hey, you don’t have a French accent today. You sound kind of…midwestern. No more French Roast. I’m the store brand. Oh. *sip* Did you know that today is the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s baptism? No. Do you care? No. I’m […]

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare

My friends, I am a total Shakespeare geek. There. I’ve said it. Laugh at me if you will, but I love that little bard.  And lovin’ him ain’t hard. Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better. (Twelfth Night) We don’t really know when Shakespeare was born. His baptism date was April 26, 1564. […]

The Thing About First Drafts

When I think about first drafts, I still think of the opening of the movie, “Romancing the Stone”. Joan Wilder, the heroine, types the final sentence of her romance novel and, sobbing, boxes it up to give to her agent. The impression I got when I first saw the movie was that she had dashed […]

Blooming In Time

As I’ve matured, I’ve tried to learn to be gentler with myself. I’ve tried not to beat myself up for decisions that I’ve made or didn’t make. I’ve tried to accept that those decisions had consequences and those consequences have brought me to where I am today. Some days I’m better about that than others. […]

Miscellaneous Pictures of Cats

Hooray!  The first draft of my book is finished!  But my writing frenzy sapped me of all creative energy.  Thus tonight I present you with miscellaneous pictures of my cats.  Because when you don’t know what to post, post pictures of cats. And away we go… 1.  Emily and Oliver as babies.  Emily has the […]

The First Synopses

When I was a kid in first and second grade, we had to write essays every Monday about what we had done on the weekend. Our Weekend Stories, as they were called, were a few paragraphs written on ruled yellow paper and illustrated appropriately with a drawing such as the one to the left. I […]