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Sep.21.2009
A few weeks ago, I was a couple of days away from going back to a WIP I'd set aside last April. Back then (last spring) I was going back to the drawing board and completely rewriting/revising a novel I thought I'd finished several times. I finished that rewrite at the end of June, took some time...
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Sep.14.2009
What's going on in society these days? I mean really. Look at Kanye West and Joe Wilson (two names that have probably never been uttered in the same sentence before!). When did rudeness become acceptable? Defensible? The status quo? When did apologizing become a sign of weakness or backing down? My...
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Aug.05.2009
One of my passions, other than writing (oh, and Springsteen) is cooking.  I love to eat, ergo I love to cook.  So it was a real thrill to be asked to be featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Let's Eat section.    Here's the link: and, um, it might be good to not pay any attention to the...
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Jan.23.2009
Inauguration morning began for me in the soft darkness of dawn when my nephew dropped 6 of us off on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Our breath puffing out in clouds, our muffled footsteps the only noise, we walked on a pathway between the Iwo Jima Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. It...
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Dec.09.2008
So, I spent last week putting the final touches on my MS. Today I'll read it through one last time, tweak a few things here and there, rewrite the synopsis, and send it off to my agent. Yes, I'm well aware that all the news in publishing (and the auto industry and Wall Street, and . . . . ) is...
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Dec.01.2008
Books, books, and more books. They are always at the top of my Christmas wish list. I love waking up on Dec. 26, knowing the fridge is full of leftovers, there's nowhere I have to be, and I have a stack of new books to dive into. If I want, I can spend the day in bed, cozy under my down comforter...
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Sep.29.2008
I love authors. I've said that for a long time. From the time I was a little girl, I loved the writers who filled my world. E.B. White. Judy Blume. Then Harper Lee. Later, John Steinbeck and William Faulkner. I thought they lived a level or two above the rest of us. Their words were magic. And then...
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Sep.16.2008
Well, I'm back from Vegas. Where we had a great time--good food, good wine, fabulous people watching--and, while I was gone I had a couple neat things happen in my "author" life . . .  First, I received a call from the Chair of The Big Read here in St. Louis (and the co-owner of one of...
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Jul.30.2008
Twenty-two years and four months ago today, I delivered my first child, a beautiful, tiny, baby boy born in the wee hours (minutes, really) of Easter Sunday morning. He arrived a month early. (I don't believe he's been early for anything since.)  One week ago today, I delivered that same baby, now...
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Jul.18.2008
Bet that got your attention, huh? Okay, so here's the scoop-- For the past five years or so, I've been getting regular, monthly massages. It's good for my health--physical and emotional (and, as you'll see if you keep reading, also good for my writing). My massage therapist has become a friend, and...
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Jul.15.2008
So, it's been awhile since I've blogged here and even longer since I've had a Novel 101 post. Lots of reasons for this, but no good excuses. The quote above is from my favorite Shakespeare play, King Lear. And, the point of it has been made clear to me yet again. (That's one of the totally cool...
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Jun.16.2008
  So, last week, I'm just going along my merry way, planning meals, working on laundry, trying to write. Just another day in the life of a writer. Which looks very similar to my former life as a teacher. Yes, I can still go shopping and out to eat without strangers flocking to me, holding out books...
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Jun.11.2008
As parents, we know there are moments, markers, that measure how the years are passing (whizzing past, actually). First day of school. First stitches. First lost tooth. They're still cute and little then. And it's individual. Personal. Mostly just you and your kid. Then, the steps get bigger....
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Jun.05.2008
So, I've spent the past week working on my next novel. But I haven't added even one word to the document. No, I'm not outlining; I haven't gone over to the darkside or anything, and I am thinking about my characters andtheir story (because, that's who it belongs to. Them not me.). But, I'm trying...
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Jun.03.2008
While I sit on my sofa wondering if it's ever going to stop raining now that I have a convertible, I realized it had been much too long since I've posted anything here. And that was quickly followed by the thought I have nothing to say (other than to bitch about the rain). So, here are some random...
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