In the in between…

I’m currently experiencing the sort of let-down I do after I finished my last two books. What do I do with all my free time? Shouldn’t I be working on something? My brain longs for a story to be ruminating on. But I think some rest is wise, so while …

Query on, Warrior

Borrowing from Glennon Doyle Melton’s inspiring concept – this phrase came to mind today as I hit send on my queries for my middle grade novel. Here’s a snippet of the inner monologue that happens after you press the send button: “Yes, this feels so good! Oooh, I can’t wait to see …

It’s almost query time!

This week, I’m making final edits to my middle grade manuscript, including doing something fun I’ve never tried before. In this story, food plays a special part in my little heroine’s heart – a prize-winning recipe for a Sumptuous Strawberry Tart is key to the story. So I’ve included a …

Get this: Steal Like An Artist

Just picked this up at the coolest little independent bookstore called BookBug in Kalamazoo, that a friend works at. I want to tear out every page and frame it and put it up on my wall above where I write. This has short snippets that totally motivate me and make me feel …

Here an edit, there an edit…

Still working away on edits to my middle grade novel. Having a hard time finding good chunks of time this week (I work best with a 3-4 hour solid block) to just crank on it, but I was able to get a few decent editing sessions in last Saturday and …

Bring on the muse…

One tool that helps me get in the mood to write? Music. I am a huge fan of Pandora. I like the radio aspect – I never know exactly what’s going to play next, and the unexpected is fun. Plus – there are so many great stations out there to set …

Embarking on a fresh wave of edits!

I’ve been letting my middle grade manuscript sit for about a month, while good friends and dear critics read through it. It’s been so fun to hear the feedback trickling in. Today, I got back a whole slew of insightful, helpful questions and comments from my personal editor, who also happens …

A story from sixth-grade me…

Just found this clipping my grandma had saved in her papers from when I had a little story published in our town paper in middle school. I have no recollection of writing this and find it funny that even back then, I had to include food – bread, butter and jam. Classic! …