Monthly Archives: March 2010

Writing on Vacation, and new tattoo

I am in vacation mode. Though it is not really a vacation. It is a hunt. For a house. But try telling my brain that! As far as my brain is concerned it is a vacation. No vacuuming? check. No … Continue reading

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A Rose by Any Other Name…

I have to change the title of my forthcoming YA. It was called LUCKY. I like short pithy titles. My latest completed WIP is called FIERCE. See the trend? Unfortunately there are other books out called LUCKY. There’s a memoir … Continue reading

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Where to begin…

My published MG started with a description of my MC’s life. Small humorous anecdotes. It fit the tone of the book- comic fantasy- but I could probably have begun with a more dynamic scene. Especially since my readership was 9-12 … Continue reading

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Drawing Inspiration from Life

As I trudged up a mile of steep hill this morning, pushing the (almost) three year old in her substantial stroller and thinking about my wrists and thigh muscles, I found myself wondering what the hell I was going to … Continue reading

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Psyching myself out

I’m such a dork. When I read this out loud I pronounce the ‘p‘. Must be some remnant from too many bad sci fi tv shows when I was a kid. Or something my sister and I used to say … Continue reading

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Win Sprints

WIN SPRINTS Back in Berkeley when I trained as a boxer I used to run 3 miles a day. Our house overlooked a park – and lest you’re imagining a Central Park kind of scenario let me tell you that … Continue reading

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Back in the Ring

More boxing and writing analogies. The first time I punched someone in the face I stopped and said I was sorry.Dont apologize! my trainer, Eric, screamed from the corner, Hit him again. He had to toughen me up. The weird … Continue reading

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Right Hooks Write Books

(this post originally appeared January 13 2008 on my old website). I used to box back in Oakland, California. I started as a way to control the stress I was feeling after my best friend died. I figured hitting things … Continue reading

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Mrs. Darcy versus the Aliens

At the end of this post you’ll find a trailer I received via Nicola Morgan’s blog. Her topic was actually about what happens when as a writer you have a brilliant idea and shortly before you begin or are about … Continue reading

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When did writers become so cool?????

I went to hear YA author Lauren Oliver read from her novel “Before I Fall” (Harper) this weekend. You can check out her website here. Most days I slob around wearing my comfiest jeans and a big sweater. Frequently it … Continue reading

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