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mission STORY

Too many irons in the fire. This is a phrase I’ve heard most of my life. I started hearing it as a child. My mom’s voice has stayed with me and, now, decades later, I still hear her voice. Too many irons in the fire.I hear it when I think about my writing life. I play with many different writing projects. I like to think of it as playing. I don’t have to be serious. Writing isn’t my livelihood. I write for fun. I write for me and for them and for… Read more mission STORY

1400 miles in 81 hours

I love to think of Thanksgiving and Christmas rolled into one big holiday season of gratitude and merriment and exceptionally good stuff.  I love to slow down during this time of the year. Not that I actually get to slow down, but I adjust my mindset in order to slow down. However, this year the season has started off as a whirlwind and I’m trying to figure out how to s l o w  d o w n my favorite time of the year. In 81 hours we… Drove 1400… Read more 1400 miles in 81 hours

study group: an invitation to write

The Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco… Who has believed in you? When we first adopted our girls someone said to me, “They are going to be fine because now they have someone to believe in them.” The words soothed my soul at the time. It makes a difference when people believe in you. It makes a difference when people see your potential, when they love you so much they are always looking for the best in you. I’m among the most fortunate because my life is lined with people who… Read more study group: an invitation to write

ncte: an invitation to write

Session: Reading Stories From the Past & Writing Stories for Today From an image: What is he waiting for? He doesn’t strike me as a man who is alone very often. He’s sitting, but is he comfortable? Relaxed? The letter on the desk behind him is half written..did he stop in the midst of the letter? Does he have difficult news to share? At first I thought he was waiting for someone, but as I think a little more, I’m wondering if the news he has to send is just… Read more ncte: an invitation to write

fog delay

Writing Slice of Life stories together early in the morning. The Call comes after my shower, after my makeup, after my shoes are on my feet. If I’m honest, this is the best time to get The Call. The fog is thick, altering my course of the day. Forcing me to stay home for a few hours. Like a rolling marquee the tasks march through my head. Schedule teacher meetings. Dig through school email. Finish that punctuation unit outline. Make anchor chart for kindergarten. Throw in a load of laundry.… Read more fog delay

saturday morning

I couldn’t wait for this morning. There is nothing on the calendar. It is empty. As far as I’m concerned, this is about as perfect as a Saturday morning can be. It is waiting to be filled with my favorite things. Writing words. Hot tea. Snuggles with my kids. A little bit of art. Pajamas. Why, then, am I having trouble putting words on the page for my latest YA project? Maybe because words are swirling in my head for my professional book? Maybe because I’ve been thinking so deeply… Read more saturday morning

writer goals

Until yesterday, I never really thought about the goals I have as a writer. I know this seems a little strange (at least to me) considering I started this blog to document my writing life. I do have goals (and they are different than pipe dreams), but I’ve never really stated them in black and white. Regardless, I seem to stay committed to them, but it still seems worthwhile to write them down. Write 1000 words every day. Keep a writer’s notebook alongside students. Keep a writer’s notebook for my… Read more writer goals