I mostly write about…
In November 2012, we were unexpectedly called to adopt again. We quickly rushed through our paperwork and were ready for a child by mid-December. We received a call on December 17 for our new son, who moved home in January 2013. Jordan was 7 when he joined our forever family.
Here is a link to an introduction I wrote about us. (It even includes self-portraits!)
Blogs I like to read…
I’ve been hesitant to compile a list of blogs because of the risk of leaving someone out. Still, here are people who inspire me to keep writing.
Coffee with Chloe
Delivering Reading Passion
Elsie Tries Writing
Karen’s Thoughtful Wanderings
Pleasures from the Page
Sharing Our Notebooks
Wake Up and Write
Marjorie Martineli & Kristi Mraz (Chart Chums)
Nerdy Book Club
A Reading Year
The Reading Zone
Places on the web I learn more about writing…
Avi: It’s Avi…so it’s pretty great.
Falling Leaflets: A resource for children’s authors pursuing publication.
Laini Taylor: Not for Robots
Laurie Halse Anderson: Mad Woman in the Forest
Literary Rambles: A place “spotlighting children’s book authors, agents, and publishing.”
Mother. Write. Repeat.
Natalie Whipple: Between Fact and Fiction
Ralph Fletcher: Tips for Young Writers
Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators
Twitter: Follow your favorite writers.
Some of my favorite books about writing…
Anne Lamott: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and on Life
Jane Yolen: Take Joy
Avi: A Beginning, A Muddle, and an End: The Right Way to Write Writing
Quotes that stretch my understanding…
Laurie Halse Anderson: “I focus on creating situations that force the character out of her comfort zone, raising the emotional stakes as I go along. If I’ve developed conflicts that are organic and in keeping with the character’s world, her response to the conflicts will naturally lead to internal growth.”
Carolyn Coman: I don’t create characters so much as I make room inside my mind and heart for them to come and get me. I am drawn to characters who make me feel deeply — make me mad, confuse me, make me wonder, break my heart, stagger me with what they are up against.
Dodinsky: “Fill your cup with sunshine and laughter.”
Elizabeth George: “Let’s just muddle through today. That’s what I say. We can’t take care of tomorrow until it gets here.”
From Juliann at Nurturing Curiosity
Courage to Connect by David Spinks
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.
Who is one person that you’ve been dying to connect with, but just haven’t had the courage to reach out to? First, reflect on why you want to get in touch with them. Then, reach out and set up a meeting.