November 28, 2015

Before taking a break from writing to stretch my legs this afternoon, I return my laptop to the car. I walk away with the uneasy feeling that I'm leaving a child in the backseat; the sole copy of my most recent draft of Invisibles is on my laptop. I keep scanning for a...

November 14, 2015

I've known for a long time that I am happiest when involved in a story.  Whether I've given myself over completely to a play, a movie, a book - as a creator or a witness -  my joy and curiosity and wonder are derived from stories.

 

Even the rese...

August 27, 2015

Writing a story is the ultimate Choose-Your-Own-Adventure.  Where readers of this decades-old series of books only pick the paths of major plot lines, writers have the ultimate in options. I get to pick out character names and mull over their appearances. I ponder the...

August 3, 2015

Here is a picture of me pretending to write.  Really what I'm doing is getting ready to write by doing the following:  looking out the window at the pristine bay (unseen in this photo due to overexposure), waving at my husband who is going out for a sail, obsessively c...

July 23, 2015

                  Summer is

 

     the season of gatherers:

 

when picking raspberries

I see the world from upside-down

 

bent over
                peering

beneath the
white underbellies
of le...

April 23, 2015

 

I just got back from a vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world.  I took pictures - lots of them - but didn't write a word. Thoughts and ideas swirled in my head, but nothing I wanted to write down.  Whenever I write a travel journal, or any journal f...

April 23, 2015

 

I always thought that was from a Shakespearean sonnet, but in fact, it's a Biblical quote (Ecclesiastes 1:9):

 

What has been will be again

What has been done will be done again;

There is nothing new under the sun.  

 

It's a rather beautiful quote about the repetitive...

April 22, 2015

 

We've all seen picture of earth from a distance.  I doubt people are as amazed at this global selfie as they first were when it was a new perspective.  Here we are, living on this little "blue dot" as Carl Sagan called it, everything that ever happened up to now has h...

April 15, 2015

 

Who tells the story? 

 

I’m struggling with this concept right now with Invisibles, the sequel to Being Human.  In the first draft, the story is written in third person, but with a lens more focussed on Bean.  Since the first story was written from Alek’s perspective, s...

March 25, 2015

 

I always though that authors spent most of their time writing.  As a teenager, I imagined myself as a successful writer, wearing flowy, layered clothing while I worked in the comfort of my own home, or at a coffee shop surrounded by ambient noise, or on a camp chair o...

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