Writing

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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A Valentine

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 | 0 comments

A Valentine

My father, whose tapping typewriter was the background soundtrack of my childhood, is the reason I write. He loved books, and he made books. It was never a question: I would too. I’m pretty sure it was his love that made me think that I could. I miss him most on Valentine’s Day. He made the best...

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The snowman and the children’s writer

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 | 2 comments

The snowman and the children’s writer

I saw a snowman this morning. There’s been a melt here and little snow is left except in places where it was gathered and packed, like the mountains left by plows, now puny mounds. And this solitary snowman

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Reading reviews

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 | 2 comments

Reading reviews

You’re not supposed to read the reviews of your book. Most authors I’ve heard speak about this say they never read their reviews.

To be honest, I don’t believe them.

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