Monthly Archives: January 2011


On December 24th, 2004 one of my oldest and dearest friends was swept out to sea by a tsunami. I had no idea she was on a small island off the coast of Thailand, but had thought her safely at … Continue reading

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“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy; It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock The meat it feeds on…” (Shakespeare, of course) Jealousy is a terrible thing to feel. In its worst state it completely engulfs your thoughts and messes … Continue reading

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Bad Reviews

In my imagination, my skin is two feet thick. And water-proof. Scathing criticisms and rotten tomatoes just roll off leaving no inner wounds or impossible-to-remove stains. This is what I tell myself. I also tell myself that it is better … Continue reading

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Practice does not make perfect…

…but who wants perfection as a writer anyway? Once you’ve attained perfection there’s nothing left to do. Plus, perfection is entirely subjective anyhow. But practice is definitely necessary. And being out of practice is definitely painful. Case in point I … Continue reading

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Super busy these days trying to finish the first draft of my WIP. The guilt of taking off a couple of weeks over Christmas eats away at my soul. Yes, I am largely motivated by guilt. Aren’t you?! Anyway re. … Continue reading

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The Film of the Book

Isn’t this a crazy dream that most crazy authors share? It means you have arrived somehow. You have been validated by the machine that is Hollywood and all those marketing people who spot trends and decree fashion. And decide what … Continue reading

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Ringing in the new year

(These are not my kids. They are facsimiles. Also, though we wished very hard, we have had no snow.) After three weeks with both kids home from school… a state that filled their wee hearts with joy and mine with … Continue reading

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