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Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 | 0 comments

Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign

Everyone with a sign had gone through the same process. She’d given thought to what she (or he) wanted to tell the world. Had considered and rejected messages, chosen one that fit. … And now, having created a message, she was putting it out there. Reaching it skyward through long hours of standing, arms raised, shoulders burning.

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Long-form journalism

Posted on Oct 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Long-form journalism

For me, it’s like sculpture–except that I have to gather the clay myself before I begin to sculpt. When something pleasing finally emerges, it’s very satisfying.

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To tweet, or to write?

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 | 0 comments

To tweet, or to write?

Because the hit of adrenaline you get from having your words liked and retweeted by complete strangers is addictive. It’s tempting to spend way too much time crafting those 140 characters of wit. You can find yourself approaching each new thought with the question: “How can I tweet this?”

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Why ospreys?

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Why ospreys?

As my story developed, I watched my characters discover their own concerns reflected in the lives and habits of the ospreys; my fictional people, I found, were taking comfort, gaining perspective and learning lessons about their own lives through watching and trying to protect these incredible birds.

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The Green Earth Book Award

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 | 0 comments

The Green Earth Book Award

So, this happened.

Really.

WASHASHORE was named the winner of the 2014 Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult Fiction.

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Write what you know. And by that, I mean write what you feel.

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 | 2 comments

Write what you know. And by that, I mean write what you feel.

“Write what you know.” It’s an axiom I often follow, but I’m not sure it should be seen as a rule. More important, I think, is to write what you feel.

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